I decided to whip something up. My idea was to make something incredibly quick, but still with a beautiful flaky crust. I had this idea that pie crust doesn't need to take as long as it does with gluten dough because it doesn't need to rest to "relax" the gluten. Whether or not that's strictly true is unimportant. Sure, it helps to rest the dough to get the water to absorb evenly, but for the sake of a Lightning Tartlet I decided to omit the resting.
Then I decided to omit the rolling out. That saves a lot of time and frustration. Then I cut some more corners. You'll see. What you end up with is a very fast, easy tartlet recipe that you can whip up for a quick dessert.
Recipe for Lightning Tartlets
Makes 4 tartlets
Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a small saucepan, bring to a boil:
4 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp butter
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
2 Tbsp minced rhubarb (optional)
a pinch of salt
While the fruit mixture is boiling, make your crust. In a food processor, mix:
1 cup Gluten-free Gourmand No. 2 Pastry Flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
When the dry ingredients are mixed, add:
6 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Pulse the butter into the flour mixture until the largest pieces are about the size of a pea. Then add:
2 Tbsp cold unsalted butter
Pulse the food processor again until the large pieces aren't bigger than 1/2 inch. Pour over the butter and flour mixture:
3-4 Tbsp ice-cold water
Pulse the ice water into the flour and butter for 1-2 seconds. Add more ice water and repeat until the mixture looks like little pellets. The dough should stick together when you pinch a bit of it between your fingers. If it doesn't, you need more water. Once the mixture is the right consistency, stop mixing.
Divide the crumbly dough between four tartlet pans. They may look too full but the pie dough will smash down considerably. Start forming the edge of the dough. Make a rim by shaping it with your two thumbs together, then press down the bottom. Press everything very firmly into the pan. Don't worry too much about over-compressing it. The dough will puff up a little in the oven.
Remember your fruit filling boiling away on the stove? Taste that. Don't burn yourself. Adjust the ingredients if necessary. Once all the crusts are formed, fill the tartlets with the fruit filling, still hot.
If you'd like, add a dollop of cream cheese like I did with this blueberry tartlet.
Bake in the 400 degree oven about 15 minutes or until the crusts begin to brown. Let them cool before digging in. Serve them in the pan to avoid a mess. While the crusts will hold together on their own, it's tricky to get them out without spilling the fruit contents until they've cooled completely.
For more strawberry recipes see the Gluten-free Homemaker's blog carnival Gluten-free Wednesdays. Her theme this month is strawberries.