Summer for us means plenty of free time, trying to find fun free things to do, and lovely summer fruit. There are many pick your own places for strawberries around the area and that is something I would love to do in the future.
These sweet little tarts called for lemon curd (or you could use whipped cream) topped with mixed berries. I took the naked tarts over to my friend, Lindsay's, house. We took my kiddos swimming at the neighborhood pool (her boys were at camp and at a sleepover) and came back to the house a couple of hours later feeling quite hungry. I am not sure about you but being in the sun that long and swimming makes my crew feel famished. I spread lemon curd over the sable base and topped it with the strawberries that Lindsay had sliced.
Last week I was running a bit behind so I also made Back of the Card Cheese and Olive Bread this week. I mentioned in an earlier post that I don't eat black olives so this was one that my tasters were going to have to give me reviews on. The bread came together very, very easily. I used Gruyere cheese (which I love, so smoky) along with a store bought black olive tapenade. The bread smelled so good while it was baking. I did end up having to leave it in quite a bit longer than I anticipated for it to bake all the way through, but that was ok. I did taste a little bit and the taste was good. Olives are just not something I like. My hubs tried a slice and liked it ok but did not devour the loaf like I expected. My kiddos, however, loved this bread! They pretty much ate the entire loaf over the course of 2 days. They wanted to know when I would make it again! So I guess for them it was a win.
A side note here. My son has Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. He just turned 9 and still struggles a bit with some sensory issues. He used to tell me he didn't like something before even trying it. By being part of Tuesdays with Dorie and French Fridays with Dorie he has been exposed to many different kinds of foods. We have a two bite rule in our house. That means you have to take at least 2 good bites of something new and then if you really don't like it I will give you something else. There have been very few times I have made a peanut butter sandwich instead of what we are eating. Some of his issues are still sensory so certain things cause a gag response or a thumbs up for the initial taste and then thumbs down for texture. All of that is to say I am glad that my husband and I have continued to have both of our kids trying new foods. They are usually pretty excited to try new things even if they do not end up liking them. And they find new things that they like that their dad and I don't.
Make sure to check out the LYL to see how other French Fridays with Dorie bakers enjoyed this recipe. :)