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Brown Butter Blackberry Tart – Recipe!

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Butter and baking go hand-in-hand and if you haven’t tried browning butter first, before incorporating it into a recipe, you don’t know what you are missing.   Brown butter is simply melting butter on the stove top and allowing the milk solids to become a nutty colored hue.  The butter taste changes slightly and intensifies into a silky brown liquid, which almost resembles a rustic caramel flavor.

The process of browning butter is simple and as I see it, should be considered for most baked goods.  Using brown butter in a tart filling, along with some fresh fruit is like pairing an apple with cheese, the contrast is amazing.  The plump juicy fruit becomes encapsulated into a warm glove of egg-like custard that comforts your mouth with every forkful.

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When I was young we had a blackberry bush in our yard.  I remember during the hot summer months, I couldn’t wait for the berries to ripen.  Most of the time, I didn’t wait until somebody guided me to pick from the thorny bush, me and my siblings would just eat them at random during play after washing them clean with a hose, or sometimes not – the dirt never changed how luscious they tasted.

Blackberries with their deep purple color are a must this time of year and if you haven’t tasted a fresh basketful of these beauties in a while, you don’t know what you are in for.  When I think of perfect fruit, it usually comes in a berry form, so utilize them while you can, especially in a summer dessert – like this tart recipe.

I love to dust the top of this tart with powdered sugar, not that I think it necessarily needs it, but because I enjoy the finality of baking.  There is something truly satisfying about watching the white sugar fall through the cracks of a sieve upon a dessert like this, it’s truly lovely.

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Ingredients

Crust

7 tablespoons butter, melted in microwave

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

pinch of salt

Filling

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

pinch of salt

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

8 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 cup fresh blackberries

powdered sugar, optional

(Makes 9-inch Tart)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  To make the crust – in a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, sugar, and vanilla.  Add flour and salt and mix until it begins to come together.

2.  Pour crust into a 9-inch tart pan and press evenly into bottom and up sides.  Freeze for 10 minutes.

3.  Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the edges and center are golden brown, remove and cool.  Reduce heat on oven to 350 degrees.

4.  On the stove top, place butter into a skillet and set over medium heat, watch butter melt and brown to a golden tan color, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool in pan.

5.  In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, salt and flour.  Pour in brown butter, whisk.  Place blackberries in bottom of cooled crust.

5.  Pour filling over top and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until filling is set and lightly golden brown.  Remove tart from oven and let cool for 1 hour.  Dust with powdered sugar and slice.  Enjoy!

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