Saturday, February 6, 2010

Orange Shortbread Tart

This recipe is basically adapted from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food recipe for "Fresh Orange and Yogurt Tart." Only, I didn't think her crust sounded that great, so I used shortbread instead. And since I don't like plain Greek yogurt, I substituted orange flavored yogurt instead. Also the next time I make this, I'm going to skip the plain gelatin and just use a box of orange Jell-O. With all those changes, it's a really delicious, simple and easy recipe:

1/2 cup soft butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup flour

Mix together and pat into a pie plate.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 7 minutes or until edges are very lightly brown.
Let this cool to room temperature BEFORE starting the filling. Otherwise your filling will set before it's time to pour it on top.
(This crust would also rock with some super finely chopped walnuts added to it, about a 1/4 cup.)

2 packets of gelatin OR 1 – 3oz box of orange Jell-O
1/2 cup half-n-half OR 1/4 cup milk and 1/4 whipping cream OR 1/2 cup milk
2 – 6oz packages of orange OR vanilla yogurt
2 or 3 medium navel oranges

If you're using gelatin, sprinkle it over about 3T. cold water in a medium bowl, and let it blossom while you're boiling your cream. If you're using Jell-O don't worry about it.

In a small pan bring your cream or milk to a gentle boil. Don't just scald your milk, let it actually start to boil before you take it off. It will need to be hot enough to dissolve the gelatin. Just don't let it burn on the bottom.

Add your hot cream to your gelatin or Jell-O, and mix at least 2 minutes until dissolved.

Whisk in yogurt.

Pour over your cooled shortbread crust.

Slice the rind off of your oranges, and slice oranges into about 1/4 inch slices. Place on top. (I was hungry when I made this and ended up eating one of my oranges before I finished it. Unfortunately, it would have turned out better with more orange slices on top.)

And if you're feeling extra motivated you can make candied orange peel with your leftover orange peels.


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