My special lady's birthday is coming up. She loves fruit tarts, so I would like to surprise her with one.
Special snowflake considerations: I don't mind splurging for top-shelf ingredients, and time-consuming or laborious preparation is not a problem. Extra bonus points if the recipe:
- emphasizes fresh, minimally processed ingredients (must include instructions for a from-scratch crust; any custard or filling must be from scratch; less-processed sugars are good; vanilla bean is preferable to extract; no shortcuts/compromises for Busy Working Moms)
- contains peaches (she loves them, and the local peach season begins just in time for her birthday)
- contains berries (I know of some places to pick them fresh)
- incorporates lemon somehow, such as lemon curd
I'm a fairly experienced cook, but I do very little baking. I know tarts aren't hard to make, and I imagine it's pretty difficult to make a bad
tart, but "good" is not good enough—I want "transcendental". In addition to fresh, high-quality fruit, that means a great crust and a great filling.
Basically, I'm looking for the most slammin' fruit tart you've ever had from that trendy new locavore/foodie bakery that everyone raves about. But, y'know, homemade.
Please hope me, MetaFilter!