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kjonyou Jan 10, 2013 12:33 PM

I know that's open question, I got a new tart pan and I dying to try it out but just cant decide. So what is your favorite tart filling? Sweet or Savory, I thought of quiche, lemon curd, chocolate cream, apple/ berries? Anything else?

  1. juliejulez Jan 10, 2013 12:33 PM

    lemon!

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      pinehurst Jan 10, 2013 12:38 PM

      Honest to god, LEMON! was my first reaction too. But the world is your oyster. There are a million savory, wonderful egg variations....and meats. Over the holidays I had a mince tart. Heaven!

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        juliejulez Jan 10, 2013 01:44 PM

        Oh yes, there's a lot of great ones, but if we're picking our one favorite, mine is always lemon :)

        Hmmm I need to buy a tart pan.

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          Cheez62 Jan 10, 2013 08:25 PM

          Oooh, oyster! Ok, probably not. Start with the lemon...

      2. ttoommyy Jan 10, 2013 12:35 PM

        Anything almond for me. An almond pastry cream or frangipane filling, yum!

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          Dcfoodblog Jan 10, 2013 12:59 PM

          Chow has a great chocolate ganache tart recipe that I used every Thanksgiving.

          1. goodhealthgourmet Jan 10, 2013 01:12 PM

            Meyer lemon and blood orange while they're in season! I adore dark chocolate but you can do that any time of year.

            For savory, you can't go wrong with winter greens, caramelized onions, bacon & cheese.

            1. sunshine842 Jan 10, 2013 01:17 PM

              whatever is fresh and in season is what finds its way into my tart pan.

              In the winter, apples and pears and quiches.

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                teezeetoo Jan 10, 2013 01:35 PM

                I put up sour cherries in season - nothing yummier to me than a sour cherry tart with an almond crumble top

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                  rasputina Jan 10, 2013 01:42 PM

                  I like all the ones already listed but of course the classic pastry cream topped with fruit tops my list.

                  1. chefathome Jan 10, 2013 01:50 PM

                    Absolutely buttertarts. Sublime.

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                      SolitaireSally Jan 10, 2013 07:26 PM

                      Yes, I have to agree - butter tarts for sure. Nothing better. If anyone wants a recipe, just google it. Or, I can send one of mine...................

                      Sublime x two................:)

                    2. chowser Jan 10, 2013 02:37 PM

                      Cream cheese base like cheesecake then a curd, any flavor, or apples or pears. Caramel pecan first layer then chocolate ganache. Too many good options.

                      1. Jay F Jan 10, 2013 02:43 PM

                        I like them all. If you're looking for something easy, Martha Stewart has a recipe for a nut crust that pat into the tart pan rather than rolling. It's the base for her cranberry nut tart. (I never use the gelatin in the cranberries, btw.)

                        http://www.marthastewart.com/319240/perfect-nut-crust

                        http://www.marthastewart.com/332430/c...

                        If you're wanting to roll a crust out, I like either lemon curd, chocolate ganache (serve w/lots of whipped cream), or the classic fruit on top of creme patissiere.

                        1. ipsedixit Jan 10, 2013 03:03 PM

                          bacon

                          1. tim irvine Jan 10, 2013 04:28 PM

                            My wife made a quiche once with Gruyere and nice salty Virginia ham. I think of it two years later. On the sweet end fresh apricots would be way up there. Pamela Azquith's Fruit Tart cookbook is one of my much used favorite cookbooks.

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                              kjonyou Jan 10, 2013 07:43 PM

                              Wow, so many good ideas so quickly. Thanks chow Hounds!

                              1. Cherylptw Jan 10, 2013 09:11 PM

                                Lime (curd) tart with fresh berries is my favorite...good any time of the year

                                1. Emme Jan 10, 2013 09:50 PM

                                  i like to do a white balsamic vinegar custard with whatever fruits i have on hand, and then a glaze made from whatever fruit butters i've got on hand... sometimes plum, pear, apricot... depends!

                                  i second that a lemon curd is always a winner as well.

                                  also, second the frangipane notion, which i usually do when peaches or nectarines are good, with a caramel powder (made from caramel and tapioca maltodextrin).

                                  savory, i like doing a ratatouille style filling with a ricotta cheese custardish base, garnished with feta and fresh basil.

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                                    kjonyou Jan 11, 2013 10:29 PM

                                    Wow, you really have a well developed palette! Balsamic vinegar custard with fruit sounds delish.

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                                      Emme Jan 12, 2013 08:00 PM

                                      thanks :-) that custard fruit tart i am required to bring to multiple family functions per year.

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                                    stilldontknow Jan 12, 2013 06:18 AM

                                    Treacle Tart. Your tastebuds, if not your waistline, will thank you.

                                    http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/reci...

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                                      kjonyou Jan 15, 2013 09:27 PM

                                      I never heard of that, thank you. But my waistline will hate you.

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                                      kjonyou Apr 24, 2013 10:38 PM

                                      Thank you Chow Hounds suggestions were all great. I started with a simple lemon curde tart. OMG it was the best! I am hooked now.

                                      I did this one with a pinch of salt
                                      http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/an...

                                      FYI its you can strain out the zest after cooking for a smoother texture. The oils from the zest have been released from the cooking before baking.

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