250 g (½ lb) fresh, wild huckleberries (may substitute blueberries)
15 ml (1 tbsp) cornflour (cornstarch)
15 ml (1 tbsp) water
fresh black pepper to taste
115 g (¼ lb) fresh raspberries
10 ml (2 tsp) lemon juice
75 g (5 tbsp) crème fraîche
60 g (¼ c) freeze-dried strawberries
In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the cold butter, flour, 25 g (2 tbsp) of sugar and salt. Mix on medium speed until the butter is broken up into pea-size morsels. Add the water and mix until just combined. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let chill in refrigerator for 3 hours.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the huckleberries with 115 g (½ c) of sugar and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally. In a small bowl, combine the cornflour (cornstarch) and water. Stir the mixture into the huckleberries and bring to a boil to thicken. Remove from heat and season with black pepper to taste; allow to cool.
In another saucepan, add the raspberries, 50 g (¼ c) of sugar and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook until thick and syrupy. Add the raspberry mixture to a blender, and spin until smooth; allow to cool.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Roll out the chilled pie dough to 6 mm (¼ in) thick. Lay the dough into a 25 cm (10 in) non-stick tart shell and cut away excess. Line the dough with parchment paper and fill the tart shell fully with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the sides are slightly browned and the bottom is set. Remove the weights and allow the shell to cool. Add the huckleberry filling to the pre-baked tart shell and return to the oven until the filling is bubbling and the tart shell is deep golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes; allow to cool.
In a small bowl, beat the crème fraîche until stiff peaks form. Garnish the tart with a dollop of the whipped crème fraîche. Serve slices on a plate garnished with the raspberry mixture and freeze-dried strawberries.
Originally part of many Native American tribes’ diets, the huckleberry is a North American term for wild plants bearing small, blue berries.
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