Spring Fruit Tart with Baked by Joanna

Hi everyone! My name is Joanna and I have the pleasure of writing to you all today on Mom Endeavors thanks to Sara. I have a blog called Baked by Joanna that features recipes, party ideas, my baking and more…I like to think of it as my life journal.
Joanna at the dog park
So who am I? I am a home baker that has a passion for food and entertaining. From weddings to fun treat bags, I like to do it all. Most of my party planning comes handy when I entertain at home.
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I have a husband and two pups you see, so how can I not be overly enthusiastic when my hubby and I have guests over for a sports party or when we wish our pups another happiest of birthdays? And now, with all my friends having tiny tots of their own, I am secretly planning parties in my head that I want to bring to life. Exciting!

White Chocolate Strawberry Cake

Anyways, my dream of owning a bakery has developed into a dream of creating an event planning company that has a strong emphasis in food. My love for food collides with the world of parties and I would not be complete if I didn’t have both. Perhaps one day it will happen. *positive thinking*

Well, enough about me. What do I have for you? A few party tips and a recipe to keep you busy this spring, of course!
Spring is about reviving your activities from indoor to outdoor and enjoying the company of friends and family. So here are a few tips and ideas to get your Spring activities going again:
-Dust off that patio set and add some fresh flowers, light snacks and lemonade and enjoy the afternoon with friends while catching up on all of life’s happenings.
BBQ – nothing says yummy and brings good company together like grilling out.
-Plan outdoor activities with your children to get them away from those pesky electronics. Try a picnic in the park, the local botanical garden or a bike ride to an art walk.
-Don’t forget your pups! This is the best time of year to visit dog parks and mingle with all the other fluffy characters.
-Lastly, stop and smell the roses. Too often we let “busy” take over our lives and it’s just as important to make time for yourself as it is to make that deadline. Dare I say, it is actually more important. Enjoy life and yourself.
Now, to give you that entertaining edge, here is a delish recipe that I created just for you. The best part is that you can change the fruits you use to match different seasons. 🙂
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Spring Fruit Tart

Serves 6

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/3 cup ice cold water
1 large banana, sliced 1/4″ thick
1 cup strawberries, thinly sliced
1 pinch ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp sugar

Directions
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

In a bowl, using your hands, mix the flour, salt, shortening and water together until a ball of dough is formed. Be careful to not overwork the dough, and add additional flour or water as needed. Place the dough on a floured piece of parchment paper. Roll the dough on the paper to approximately a 12-inch round.

In the center of the dough, layer the bananas making sure to leave 1 1/2 inches of the dough uncovered from the edges. Now layer the strawberries over the bananas and dust with the nutmeg and cinnamon. Scatter the blueberries and lemon zest over the strawberries.

Begin folding the edges of the dough in to form a crust. Brush the crust with the butter and sprinkle sugar over the entirety of the tart.

Place the tart and parchment paper on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until the tart’s crust is golden brown. When baking is done, cool the tart on a rack before slicing.

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Now serve and be the talk of all your friends. 🙂

I hope you get to enjoy this recipe, and don’t forget to stop by Baked by Joanna for more recipes and entertaining tips. Thanks for having me on Mom Endeavors!

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