Monday, February 7, 2011
Vanilla Tart with Kiwi Topping
Kiwi has always been on the top of my list of favorite fruits. There's something about kiwis that scream happiness to me. Maybe it's the softness of the green flesh that I love to bite into when it's cold. Or maybe it's the tartness of the kiwi seeds that tingles on my tongue as I begin chewing on the fruit. Yes, that's probably it. Which is why one of my favorite toppings for tarts are kiwis. I feel that the sourness of the fruit complements the creamy and smooth texture of the tart, along with the crumbliness of the tart base.
The aroma of all these ingredients put together simply reminds me of summers in Syria when I used to visit my grandparents as a little girl. We would order mini tarts from a nearby bakery and I would patiently wait for my grandfather to come back with a box full of goodies. I watched the door handle like a hawk. The minute it would turn, I'd be up on my feet, jumping around with all the excitement in the world.
My mother and grandmother would set up the chairs and tables in our balcony and we would have tea with the tarts. My grandfather would tell us childhood stories of my mother, aunts and uncle, and grandma would smile. Those summers defined a huge chunk of my childhood; memories that I will cherish for years to come.