Add a dash of the unexpected to the dessert course this year by serving up delicious sweets with a savory twist. Follow these links for two delectable recipes.
Herbal Fruit Tart Recipes:
• Caramelized Lemon Rosemary Tart
• Apple-Pine Nut Rosemary Tart
For citrus flavor, try the Caramelized Lemon Rosemary Tart. In the dead of winter, when citrus is at its best in the markets, brighten up your day with this rosemary-spiked lemon tart. It’s reminiscent of crème brûlée with a caramelized top and that signature snap! when the spoon pierces the filling.
The hazelnut meal in the crust adds a hint of nuttiness to balance the sweetness of the filling. Hazelnut meal can be found in the health-food section of better supermarkets. (Look for Bob’s Red Mill brand.)
Whip up the Apple-Pine Nut Rosemary Tart and let the combination of pine nuts, apples, rosemary and apricots delight and surprise you. The pungency of rosemary pairs well with the quiet sweetness of apples and apricots. Plus, rosemary is milder in winter than in summer, so don’t be afraid to use a little extra if you really favor its flavor.
Karen Keb is the editor of Heirloom Gardener magazine and runs her home-based baking business, The Local Loaf, from her farm in Osage County, Kansas. Find some of her other recipes at the website of our sister publication Mother Earth News’ Common Fare blog.