I'm back!!! It's been a long time since I've posted anything, but I've been busy with the three kids! Plus, we decided to take a long vacation while I was still on maternity leave, so we went to Hawaii to visit my husband's family and hang out for a while ... in fact we were there for a month! We stayed with my in-laws, so it was nice to have the extra help with the kids as well.
Anyhow, the first thing that I baked when we got back was for a July 4th BBQ at my cousin's house. I didn't have a lot of time to bake since it was my first week back at work, so I decided to make a simple tart with fresh fruit on top. Inspired by Martha Stewart's flag cake (that I've been wanting to make for ages), I decorated my tart to look like the American flag!
First I made my go-to pie crust, a recipe from Martha Stewart that uses just flour, butter, sugar, salt, and ice water. I rolled it out and fitted it into a rectangular tart pan, then blind baked in the oven and let it cool.
For the filling, I found this Martha Stewart recipe for a gorgeous cherry tart (another item added to my list of things to make!) and made the recipe's cream cheese filling. And then I topped the tart with fresh blueberries and sliced strawberries.
The tart turned out to be perfect for a bbq on a hot summer day - crispy flaky crust, light and creamy filling, and fresh fruit! I served it with my red, white, and blue ice cream (almond-scented ice cream with fresh blueberries and strawberries), which made a great combo!
And now I'll leave you with some of my favorite pictures taken during our month in Hawaii. Enjoy!