Hey mates, and welcome to the weekend! With all the thrilling information relating to Disneyland and Disney California Journey and their not-too-far-away re-openings, it is comprehensible that I’ve them on my thoughts right now.

Proper about this time throughout regular years, Disney California Journey can be internet hosting the Disney California Journey Meals & Wine Pageant. Since I’ve bought the California parks on my thoughts, I believed it is perhaps good for us to do a Saturday Snacks recipe that focuses on them and provides them a tip of the hat as they ramp up towards their re-openings in late April. I’m simply so excited for the solid members who will be capable of return to work once more. Could we elevate a Watsonville Strawberry Pie Tart of their honor this weekend!

The Watsonville Strawberry Pie Tarts had been launched throughout DCA’s competition on the Strawberry Patch Market in 2018. The intense taste of strawberries is throughout this Disney Festivals Cookbook recipe, and it is a actually good factor that it is strawberry season right here in Florida. Having the ability to purchase attractive strawberries at an incredible worth is a extremely unbelievable factor! And pair these scrumptious strawberries with selfmade thick, creamy vanilla custard? Sure, please.

Proper off the bat, the ingredient checklist for the tarts had me backing up and punting. Fortunately, the recipe included a Tester Hack which lets us know that if small 3-inch pie crusts aren’t accessible in our shops, we will get a field of refrigerated pie crusts and lower 4-inch circles and bake them in a muffin pan instead. Since my native shops had nary a mini pie crust, I opted to go the Tester Hack route.

Utilizing two sheets of refrigerated pie crust resulted in sufficient dough to create 12 tarts. Since I lack a 4-inch spherical cookie cutter, I grabbed my favourite mug out of the cupboard, and, after measuring it with my useful dandy ruler, confirmed that it was certainly 4 inches huge. Whew. It must stand in for a cookie cutter. Necessity is the mom of invention ‘spherical these components.

I lower out the dough, and re-rolled the scraps (utilizing my fabulous new rolling pin that my hubby gave me for Saturday Snacks’ first birthday…sniffle) to get 12 tart shells. I popped the shells right into a 450 diploma oven (as per the directions on the field of dough) for 10 minutes.

As you would possibly suspect, the bottoms of the shells overrated only a bit. The tester hack did not name for pie weights, and I used to be and not using a bag of dry beans, so I needed to take my probabilities. The tip end result wasn’t too unhealthy, but it surely did make for a barely smaller tart middle, which, ultimately, lowered the quantity of custard that I might load into every shell. However I digress. We’ll cross that bridge once we get there.

Let your tart shells cool, and begin washing these strawberries. For those who’re making the complete 16 tarts, you will want about 32 strawberries whole. For those who’re making 12, you will want much less. After washing the strawberries, lower the stems and tops off, after which quarter half of the strawberries and set them apart.

I had leftover vanilla beans within the pantry from Victoria & Albert’s Chocolate Soufflé that we made a few Saturdays in the past, so my subsequent step was to chop one in half, after which in half lengthwise. Utilizing a spoon, I scrapes the vanilla beans out of the bean shell, after which dropped them right into a medium saucepan. A warning should you’ve by no means labored with recent vanilla beans earlier than: they’re extremely small, and so they’ll cling to your fingers. Simply attempt to get as many beans as you’ll be able to into that pan. You are able to do it.

Together with the vanilla beans and vanilla bean shell, pour the two cups of complete milk and 1/4 cup of sugar into the saucepan, and get the entire thing going over medium warmth. You need to warmth the combination till it is simply near boiling. When you get it to that time, you’ll be able to pull it off of the warmth for a couple of minutes.

For those who’re feeling within the temper to multitask whereas the vanilla combination is heating up, you’ll be able to seize a medium-sized bowl out of the cupboard and start creating the custard that may fill the tarts. Within the bowl, whisk collectively 2 egg yolks, a complete egg, 1/3 cup sugar and 1/4 cup of cornstarch till every part’s utterly mixed.

Again on the ranch (or the range), take half of a cup of the recent milk/vanilla combination and whisk it into the bowl with the egg yolk combination. As soon as that is mixed, you’ll be able to whisk what’s within the bowl (yolk combination) again into what’s within the saucepan (milk/vanilla combination).

As soon as all of that’s utterly mixed, prepare dinner every part over medium-low warmth, stirring continuously till it is thickened. I began to prep the subsequent portion whereas issues had been heating, and did not fairly stir continuously. Ahem. My apologies. Please stir continuously.

As soon as the combination thickens into custard (and it will not take lengthy), pull it off of the warmth and take away the vanilla bean shell. Stir within the 2 tablespoons of butter and the one teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Switch the custard right into a bowl and canopy it with plastic wrap in order that the plastic wrap touches the custard. We wish the custard to stay smooth, and if that wrap would not contact the custard, you will have a gelatinous blob in your arms very quickly. Eww.

Pop the bowl within the fridge and permit the custard to chill.

Now it is time to get again to these tart shells. Seize your white coating chocolate (truly, from what I perceive, white chocolate is not actually chocolate, however that is a dialogue for an additional time) and pop a handful of these wafers unto a bowl. Soften the coating chocolate based on the bundle instructions, and provides it stir to guarantee that it is good and clean.

Utilizing a pastry brush (or your husband’s barbecue sauce brush that you have used for every part however barbecue sauce for years), coat the within of every tart shell with chocolate. And throw a couple of of these unmelted wafers into your mouth. You deserve it.

When the chocolate is ready and the custard is cool, scoop or pipe the custard into every shell till 3/4 full. The muffin-sized tarts find yourself being smaller than what I consider the person ready-made crusts would, so take this step with a grain of salt.

Place a complete strawberry level facet up on prime of your custard-filled tarts. The recipe now asks us to put 4 strawberry quarters round the entire strawberry.

I discovered that I wanted to chop away a lot of the inside of every strawberry quarter to get it to suit onto the tart. This step provides just a little little bit of time to the method, but it surely helped preserve me sane by permitting every part to slot in these little shells.

We have now come to the ending touches. Retailer-bought strawberry glaze is up first, and the recipe merely asks us to heat it up. I grabbed a ramekin out of the cupboard and scooped among the strawberry glaze into it. After a zap or two within the microwave, I decided that the glaze was method too thick to brush onto the tarts with out knocking over these valuable strawberry towers that I had made.

I added a little bit of water to the glaze, stirred it up, and proceeded to aim to brush the glaze onto the tarts. I say try as a result of utilizing the watered-down glaze was nonetheless a bit clunky. I principally caught with including the glaze to the higher portion of the strawberry towers. It must do.

The very last thing so as to add to the tarts – and this step is totally non-compulsory – is croquant. Croquant, because the tester hack explains, is French for “crispy” or “crunchy.” What sort of croquant you add to your tarts is completely as much as you. You can use chocolate curls, crushed nuts, sprinkles, or, as in my case, crushed shortbread cookies. I positioned a shortbread cookie right into a freezer baggie, and channeled my greatest Yzma. SMASH IT WITH A HAMMER! Nicely, butter knife deal with. Shut sufficient.

I sprinkled the crushed shortbread cookie bits on prime of the tarts, et voilà! All executed!

Pricey mates, should you like recent strawberries and thick, wealthy vanilla custard, you are going to like these tarts. Assured.

My one word in regards to the tarts is that they seem to be a bit awkward to eat with the entire strawberry within the center and the flaky crust tending to, effectively, flake. That being mentioned, should you do not thoughts how it will get into your mouth, you are going to benefit from the taste as soon as it is there.

The tarts are stunning to take a look at, and can be the cutest factor at a household or good friend gathering once we’re all doing these types of issues once more. For now, they’re the cutest issues for our kitchen counter and our weekend snack-loving tummies. YUM.

What flavors are your savoring this weekend? What was the very best factor that you simply ate this week? Please let me know within the remark part under. No matter you’ve got bought happening right now and tomorrow, I hope that your weekend is full of vivid hope-filled spots. And the brilliant style of recent strawberries, too.

This is wishing all the great issues to the Disneyland and Disney California Journey solid members and their company. Could the times forward of you maintain probably the most wonderful issues.

Prepared to present DCA’s Watsonville Strawberry Pie Tarts a strive? The recipe is under:

Watsonville Strawberry Pie Tarts (makes 16)

Pastry Cream

  • 1/2 complete vanilla bean
  • 2 cups complete milk
  • 1/4 cup + 1/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 16 (3-inch) pie shells
  • 1/4 cup white coating chocolate, melted
  • 1 1/2 kilos recent strawberries (roughly 32), tops and stems eliminated
  • 1/2 cup store-bought strawberry glaze
  • 1/4 cup croquant, non-compulsory (see Tester Hack under)

For pastry cream:

  • Reduce vanilla bean in half lengthwise; scrape out seeds.
  • Warmth vanilla bean seeds, vanilla bean shell, milk and 1/4 cup sugar and medium pot over medium warmth and convey nearly to a boil.
  • Whisk egg yolks, a complete egg, 1/3 cup sugar and cornstarch in medium bowl till mixed.
  • Whisk half cup of scorching milk combination into egg combination; whisk into remaining scorching milk combination.
  • Cook dinner over medium-low warmth, stirring continuously till thickened.
  • Take away from warmth and discard vanilla bean shell.
  • Stir in butter and vanilla extract.
  • Cowl with plastic wrap straight on cream and refrigerate till cool.

For tarts:

  1. Bake tart shells based on bundle instructions till golden brown and totally baked. Cool utterly.
  2. Evenly brush inside of every shell with white coating chocolate.
  3. As soon as white chocolate units, pipe or scoop pastry cream into shells to three/4 full.
  4. Slice half of strawberries in 4 slices lengthwise.
  5. Place one complete strawberry tip pointed up and middle and lean 4 strawberry quarters (ideas pointed up) towards the entire strawberry to create a tower.
  6. Heat strawberry glaze and frivolously brush onto every tart.
  7. Gently press croquant round edge of every pie (non-compulsory).

Tester Hack: If you cannot discover 3-inch tart shells, refrigerated pie crust works effectively. Use a 4-inch spherical, lower out pie dough and press into muffin tins; bake as directed. Croquant is French for “crispy” or “crunchy,” so be inventive – mini-chocolate morsels, crumbled shortbread cookies or finely chopped nuts, for example. And should you do not need to create a strawberry tower, simply pile lower berries into tarts and brush with strawberry glaze – it nonetheless seems to be spectacular.


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