It’s the 21st which means it’s Recipe ReDux time! This month’s theme:
It’s Shower Brunch Season
Here in the states, April showers sometimes bring May flowers…but in the case of The Recipe ReDux, May brings shower brunches: bridal showers, baby showers, graduations parties. Share your favorite healthy brunch dish or drink for the upcoming ‘shower season.
It must be my age (43!) but after being invited to and being in mulitple weddings yearly for years and following multiple friends having multiple babies yearly for years, these last 3 -4 years have been quiet on shower circuit for me.
Then bam – this year, we have two weddings to attend and my
too-young-for-this-to-be-possible niece and nephew are both graduating high school. But for me, the most mind blowing was getting an invite to my friend’s daughter’s high school graduation party. What?? I held this girl when she was a day old and she was one of the sweet flower girls at my wedding (along with my too-young-for-this-to-be-possible niece also graduating.)
Needless to say, this ReDux theme is very timely. So, I dug into my humble recipe archives for this one.
Growing up, my mom often made a version of this fruit tart for showers, graduations or holidays. I even have a hand written recipe card with a photo of one her tarts so I could remember how she arranged the fruit. I haven’t made it in many years, nor has she, until she made it for my birthday this past March. I knew I had to do a ReDux version of it at some point and now I have.
It’s such a simple recipe as long as you have a tart pan. I was able to cut back on some of the butter, add some whole wheat flour but still keep the sugar cookie like crust intact. I also love the flavor almond extract gives with this dough vs. the traditional vanilla.
You could spread jam, pastry cream or whipped cream over the crust and then add the fruit but I find if you have really fresh and seasonal produce, just let the fruit shine on its own. I often sprinkle turbinado or powdered sugar over the fruit before serving, for just a little more sweetness. It would be lovely with a drizzle of honey, too.
Do you have a brunch/shower/special occasion favorite recipe or a must-have dish/drink for a family party?