This Blueberry Citrus Tart is a fun and tasty way to highlight fresh summer blueberries!
I have big news! I hired a coworker. He’s been asking me for months for a job, and I finally decided to give him a chance. On the plus side, he’s a quick learner, and (most of the time) he’s rather agreeable…sometimes even funny. Oh, and he works for dirt cheap. The pay: graham crackers. On the down side (for me), he negotiated a 2-hour afternoon nap as part of his standard work day. Yes, I hired Robbie (my 2-year old) to help with this Blueberry Citrus Tart. And I have to say it worked out pretty well all things considered!
Laura was on a work trip to Montreal recently, and it just so happened that Robbie’s daycare was closed for a teacher training day. So that meant a whole day of just Robbie-Daddy time. A whole day. Let’s just say that I have a newfound respect for any single parents out there! In addition to watching the first 10 minutes of Pets about 14 times and building a train track around the entire living room, Robbie and I also spent some time together making this Blueberry Citrus Tart.
Oh, and as luck would have it, Ethel was out getting her haircut, so I was able to set Robbie up a work station right there on the kitchen floor. First up: the graham cracker crust. I chopped all the grahams, but then I had Robbie help me push ’em into the tart pan. Of course, I think he ate one graham cracker for every one that went into the crust. He’s a toddler. A toddler who loves graham crackers.
Robbie’s measuring skills were on par, too. (To be fair, Dad pre-measured all of the ingredients into a bowl first, and then Robbie helped me re-measure them into the mixing bowl.) And he might have stopped mid-stir to have a mid-morning blueberry snack…and watch the first 10 minutes of The Secret Life of Pets. (On a side note, that movie is great! I love kids’ cartoon movies that still have jokes built in for us parents.) I think it took us about 3 times as long as normal to make this Blueberry Citrus Tart, but that’s ok. We spent quality time together, and that’s what counts! And we also managed not to burn the house down in the process.
A couple months ago, I made a Lemon Cream Tart that was super delicious. We’ve had a bunch of blueberries in our fridge lately as Robbie is addicted to them, and that led to a wacky idea. Can you make blueberry curd? Turns out you can! So I grabbed some of those blueberries to make this Blueberry Citrus Tart. I used a bit of lime juice to balance out the sweetness from the berries here. (If you’ve never tried the blueberry-lime combo before, then put it on your list…it’s delicious!) Cook up that blueberry curd, pour it into the baked crust and then just let the tart rest in the fridge for a bit. Nice and easy!
By the time the evening rolled around (and I had the first 10 minutes of Pets memorized), I had honestly forgotten that this tart was in the fridge. Oops. So I snapped a couple of quick photos while Robbie was reading some books. I would’ve liked to grab more, but oh well. Such is life with a toddler, right? This Blueberry Citrus Tart was a fun twist on a classic, and it really highlights fresh summer fruit. And since it’s served chilled, it makes a great dessert for a warm summer evening! Cheers, friends!