Friday, December 16, 2011

A South Louisiana Fall~ Oranges and Strawberries!!!

A few things I love about fall in South Louisiana is the weather and the harvest, especially the greens, strawberries, and oranges.  Yesterday I visited the Farmer's Market and bought some great berries and the sweetest navels.  As you see in the pic, my children ate the first small basket of berries in the car and by the time we got home my youngest was covered in strawberry and orange juice. 
While we were in the car, my son came up with the idea of a strawberry and orange pastry tart.  Interesting flavors and cool idea so here is the recipe: 

Louisiana Strawberry and Orange Tart
(makes about 6)

One package of individual pie crust dough or you can make your own
Strawberry jam
6 to 8 Fresh strawberries
1 tbsp Fresh Orange juice
1 tsp Orange zest
1 tbsp Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Chop strawberries, add orange zest, a tablespoon full of sugar, and 1 tablespoon full of orange juice.  Set aside.  You can play around with spices if you choose.
1.  Roll out the dough and cut it into squares
2.  Add 1 heaping tsp full of jam in the center of every other square.
3.  Add a few strawberries without liquid on top of jam in center.
4.  Cover with plain dough square and press together with fork (we used a pastry edger).
5.  Bake for 15 minutes until golden.
6.  Let cool a bit and Enjoy!

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