Blueberry lavender tart + some cooking shortcuts!

A tiny amount of lavender sugar lends a flowery twist to this blueberry tart; it gently lifts the flavour of the frangipane filling but is almost imperceptible. Try it! You'll be pleasantly surprised at how lovely this blueberry and lavender combination tastes.
Blueberry lavender tart (makes four 10-cm tarts or one 24-cm tart)

Ingredients

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 egg
1 cup almond meal
1/4 cup plain flour

Method

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!
CHANTILLE FLEUR
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44 Responses to Blueberry lavender tart + some cooking shortcuts!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

So lovely. As are your plates.

jamie @ [kreyv] said...

This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

greenthumb said...

Sounds lovely.

Sharon D said...

Beautiful. I like this idea of lavender in tart. Thank you for the cooking shortcuts! ♥ ♥

Czarina Mae said...

Looks super yummy! Blueberries are my favourite! <3

Ananka said...

This looks very tasty :-)

M @ onthesamepage.com said...

I love lavender in food... so I can only imagine how amazing that tart tastes!!

Also the tricks and tips are great!... Sauces and the herbed butter is a great tip. I wonder...what veggies and fruits do you freeze?

And completely agree with you on the slow cooker. I love soups and stews and they are so healthy an easy to make... Thanks for sharing!

trishie said...

M, I just buy the frozen veg and fruits from the supermarket and use those. But you can pretty much freeze most fruits and veg (except avocado). I've been pureeing batches of bub's food and freezing in ice cube trays for later use.

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Love this use of lavender. It looks like a delicious dessert!

Leanne Barnett said...

This looks really delicious!

OtherMix said...

Looks very good! :3

Elle Sees said...

oh my what a tasty treat, and it looks pretty too!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest trishie;
Oh, I love tart; this recipe looks so yummy and I agree time is SO precious, isn't it♪♪♪

I just browsed "simple continental". I'll look into it more later (^_^)v

I hope you will have a bit of cool weather. Have a wonderful week ahead.
Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Louise said...

I totally love the look of this recipe and your little tips. I'm trying to incorporate some of them into my life already, but I might as well try all of them. (your plates are cute by the way!)

burntfeather said...

ahh you kill me with all the beautiful and yummy things you make!!
Looks so good Trishie :)

Chrissie said...

Beautiful! I love lavender in baking - it so subtly adds some prettiness to the flavours! Thank you for sharing this recipe...and your tips! I share the slow-cooker devotion, you'll find you love it even more when feeding a family! Chrissie x

MaysaAndSunshine said...

Blueberry and lavender? Hmmm...this combination sounds like a dream. You always come up with wonderful twists.

Poppy said...

Hi Trishie,

How intriguing! While reading through the recipe, I spotted 'frangipane' and thought, 'Hmm...a favourite flower of mine, in a tart?!', but then realized it was the almond infused tart base definition! Your blueberry lavender tart is a tasty, as well as, beautiful treat!

Happy Tuesday!

Poppy
PS: GFC is finally letting me access, so I can follow my newest friends, you included, yay!:))

Pamela RG said...

I want some please. I will keep this recipe so that I can use our lavender growing from our garden.

Lady parisienne said...

Oh it looks so good :)
Have a nice day!

Jane said...

sounds heavenly!

Jessica said...

These looks so delicious.

I am also all for frozen fruits and veggies.

monique said...

This looks delicious!

Anouka said...

The tartelettes look so delicious! And thanks for sharing the cooking shortcuts.

Jay said...

The tarts sound delicious, a lovely tea room I like to go to make lavender scones which are also very tasty.

Mai said...

These tarts look amazing!

Also, thanks for sharing your shortcuts ^^! The advice really reminds me of "Semi homemade cooking with Sandra Lee" which was one of my favorite shows on the food network :D

Sarah Jane said...

These look and sound soooo yummy Trishie! Thanks so much for linking up! x

Tina Bradley said...

I adore blueberry anything. :) This looks absolutely yummy! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Punctuation Mark said...

i love blueberries... the tarts look so good!

★ L i S A said...

ah it looks so yummy ;Q;

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Lady of the Manor said...

This tart sounds absolutely delicious!! I'm trying it this week! Thanks for reposting how you make and freeze flavored butter. Great idea to have on hand!

Bron said...

They look divine...I have never baked with lavender....I shall go and research how it is done xxx

Shirley Tay said...

I love shortcuts being the busy & lazy me! Those tarts look so divine!

Laura said...

Looks so delicious!

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Sam said...

You need to publish a cookbook/dessert book! You always share the most divine looking dishes. Thanks for your visit, hope your week is going well.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

It sounds and looks wonderful!

Imogen said...

This looks incredibly delicious I'd love some right now. So tempting

oomph. said...

lavendar sugar?? cool...sounds nice! speaking on unique ingredients, i just had homemade rose ice cream. interesting, but yummy!

My Garden Diaries said...

This looks delicious friend! I need to make a tart soon! So this came at the perfect time! I hope you are doing well and that you are enjoying your little man!!! Nicole xoxo oh and great tips!!!

toastandgrits.com said...

Look yummy! Hope you're having a great week.
xoxo, Ty
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Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

Oh yum! This looks delightfully filling.

Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

I keep meaning to try putting lavender in my cooking. It sounds like it would go perfectly in this recipe. And what a beautiful little tart!

Peach Macarons said...

What a great recipe! I've always wanted to try cooking using lavender. I will have to give this one a try. x

cendrine said...

I like your blueberry tart, looks good! just dropping by to say a hi. :)