1 sheet store bought short crust pastry
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
100g butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lavender
1 cup almond meal
1/4 cup plain flour
1. Grease and line fluted tart tin(s) with pastry. Trim excess pastry. lightly prick bases with a fork. Preheat oven to 180°C (360°F) and blind bake for 10 minutes or until pastry is cooked. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
2. Place lavender in food processor to chop for around 15 seconds. Add sugar to processor and pulse until mixed. Set aside.
3. To make the frangipane, beat butter and lavender sugar with an electric mixer until creamy. Add egg and beat until just combined. Add almond meal and stir with wooden spoon to combine.
4. Spoon frangipane mix onto the prepared pastry and smooth surface with back of sppon. Arrange the blueberries over the top.
5. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until frangipane is set. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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***In other food related business, a couple of my friends asked me recently how I manage to cook up such delicious meals and treats despite being a busy mum to such a little baby. The truth is, I use a lot of cooking shortcuts that I am more than happy to share with you. Here's my little cheatsheet:
1. Store-bought pastry. As much as I like to make my own pastry from scratch, time is a luxury I simply do not have. So store bought pastry is my friend. This blueberry lavender tart is just one of many delicious sweet treats I have made using store bought pastry.
2. Flavoured butter. In this post, I share my recipe for a couple of my favourite flavoured butters, made using herbs from my garden. They are a breeze to make and can be frozen and sliced whenever seasoning is required.
3. Frozen vegetables and fruits. I use a lot of frozen vegetables and fruits in my cooking. They are full of vitamins, minerals, and other goodness as they are frozen shortly after they're harvested. It also means I have access to seasonal fruits all year round, plus it saves me having to chop and dice.
4. Ready made sauces and recipe bases. After a long day of chasing after a newly mobile baby, I find nothing simpler than reaching out for ready made sauces and bases to make dinner. When combined with fresh meat and lots of vegetables, they make as nutritious as meal as any, I reckon. I've been using these simple continental recipes which are really tasty.
5. Slow cooking. Now that the weather is starting to cool down, I have happily dusted off my slow cooker and am making delicious soups, stews and braised meats in it. I love how it fills the house with delicious smells of cooking throughout the day and even more so, I love how meats cooked this way simply falls off the bone. A winner in my books!
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