Strawberry season is in full swing. It coincides with another special event, Mother’s Day. Each year I prepare a feast for the moms in my family. It would not be the same without one or more strawberry treats. I visit our local farm and pick up buckets of berries. Chocolate covered strawberries are a must. Then each year I try something new. This year it was making curd and using it for a Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart.
We wondered if the berries would be good this year. It was a wet winter and cool spring. Rain has been plentiful. Too much rain dilutes the flavor. Other conditions make them very tart. I drove to the farm hoping for the best. Buckets upon buckets of the most gorgeous berries were spread out on tables. Choosing which ones to buy was difficult. I wanted to bring home a carload.
The scent in the car was incredible. I thought about taking the long way home so I could drive around breathing in the heavenly aroma. Yet I wanted to get home and taste the berries right away. This batch was the best I’ve gotten in years. They were big, beautiful, red, and oh so sweet strawberries. I started working on the curd right away. It’s a simple recipe without eggs or butter.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart has a homemade crust. It’s different than a typical pie or tart crust as it doesn’t have to be chilled or rolled. About a minute in the food processor is all it takes. Press it out in the pan and bake. After the crust is cooled, it is filled with a cream cheese and whipped cream mixture. Dollops of curd are dropped on top and swirled with a knife. I used a paring knife and the tip gave the top an interesting texture. I think it added to the beauty of the swirls.
Do you use lots of strawberries when they are in season? The ones this year are so good I plan to go back to the farm and get more. I want to freeze some to enjoy this winter with a pound cake. I also have plans for another new strawberry treat. Stay tuned…