A shopkeeper's Rustic fruit tart

What a great week in the shop!  Some of The Black Hen's beautiful pre-loved furniture pieces have made their way into the homes of some happy customer's. 

When you spend time sourcing furniture, giving them that special attention needed to make them fit the style of your shop, and then lovingly place them on the shop floor - it gives you immense satisfaction when a customer walks in and falls in love with that piece.

It's very much a team effort with my husband and I, and never a dull moment!  We've got a couple of pieces that we need to get finished today and tart that needs to be eaten!

Today I have made this rustic fruit tart that should keep our engines firing.  

This will take about an hour to make, but you do need to get organised a little beforehand.  You need to grate 200g of frozen butter into the flour mix to make the pastry.  So if you're going to have a go at making this one, just remember to get your butter in the freezer the night before.

There you go....roughly grated butter in the flour mix.  

Recipe - Rustic fruit tart (recipe modified by me, found on the good food website)

360g of mixed berries
2 semi ripe pears, chopped
4 tbsp granulated sugar
3 tbsp cornflour
Zest 1 orange

Recipe - Pastry

200g butter in a block, frozen
300g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
good pinch of salt
150 - 175ml cold water
4 tbsp granulated sugar, plus a little extra for sprinkling
1 egg white

The night before make sure to pop the butter in the freezer, wrap it in foil (this will keep it colder when you're holding it to grate later)

To make the pastry, mix the flour in a big bowl with a good pinch of salt and 2 of the tbsp of sugar. Using a coarse cheese grater, grate in the butter, trying to hold it as little as possible so that it doesn't warm up too much, and stirring it in with a cutlery knife as you go. Note:  make sure you don't grate the foil!!  When all the butter is in, give it a final good stir with the knife to make sure all the butter is coated, then quickly stir in 150 - 175ml of very cold water.  Lightly bring the pastry together with your hands, wrap in cling film and chill for 30 mins.

Layer all the fruit in another bowl, sprinkling over the sugar and cornflour as you go.  Add the orange zest and give everything a light mix.  Set aside until your pastry is ready.

Heat oven to 180C, lightly dust a sheet of baking paper with flour and roll out the pastry into a rough circle until the pastry is around .5cm thick.  Give the fruit another mix, then pile into the middle of the pastry, leaving a 7 cm border of pastry.

Fold the pastry borders over the fruit filling, pinching bits together to keep it neat and together.  Whisk the egg white until very frothy. Using a pastry brush, brush the froth all over the pastry.  Dredge over the remaining 2 tbsp of sugar over the pastry and a little over the fruit.  Lift onto a baking tray and bake for 35 mins or until the pastry is golden brown and crispy.  Serve straight from the oven with lashings of custard or some cream.

Quick sticks, with tart in hand, up to the shed to see what stage Noel is up to.

He's still got a little bit to go, might as well have a sticky beak around his shed, before I get asked, "what do you think you're doing in there?!" or "Don't go moving anything, so I can't find it!"  Oh yes.....bless his little cotton socks.

Ok, my turn.....I'll leave his slice here while I start the painting.

My favourite job - painting! Happy Sunday folks x Julie