Blueberry and Meyer Lemon Shortbread Tart

After 5 years of marriage, I have finally gotten an answer out of my husband when I asked him what he wants his birthday cake to be. I’ve so wanted to develop my own recipe for his birthday that will always be ‘his’ birthday cake. But it’s 5 years later and I’m still askin’. He’s gone from blueberry-custard pie to key-lime pie to stealing my dad’s cake to finally telling me he wanted a Just-Blueberry Pie. He says he doesn’t want anything inside the pie but sweetened blueberries, flavoring and a little thickener. And he doesn’t want a top crust. (I’m sorry-but the top crust is the best part, my dear…) He said all he cared about was having lots of gooey blueberries on top of 1 crust that he could eat warm with cold ice cream or cold for breakfast the next day. Anything else I was allowed to play around with.
So I thought about making it with a shortbread dough instead of rolled out pastry dough and then it became more like a tart than a pie. Here’s what I did…

For the Crust:

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick cold butter, cut into small pieces
–Pulse everything in your food processor until it looks like bread crumbs.
–Press into a greased and floured 9 or 10in fluted, tart shell.
–Bake at 350* for 10 minutes
–Set aside to cool slightly while you prepare the filling
For the Filling:
2 pints of in-season, ripe blueberries (use frozen if its off-season)
zest and juice of 1 large meyer lemon
1/4 cup + 1 TB of sugar
pinch of salt
1 1/2 TB of cornstarch
–Mix everything in a bowl and pour into the prepared crust. Make sure the filling is spread out evenly in the pan.
–Place the tart shell on a foil-lined cookie sheet.
–Bake at 350* for another 50-60 minutes, or until the blueberries darken and the mixture has thickened.
–Serve warm with vanilla or lemon ice cream.

*The tart before baking

*The tart after baking

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  • Reply Tinky August 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Perfectly gorgeous! And delicious, I'm sure. I love blueberry season. And I think you and your husband need to keep doing something new every year!

  • Reply Everyday Champagne August 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you Tinky, it was delicious…or so my husband said. Blueberries are on my definite 'do not eat or you shall be sick' list this pregnancy. So is garlic…isn't that something?

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