Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Vivian's Groovy Strawberry Tart

As you may have noticed from my sidebar, I have joined a few baking challenges. The first of which is "Do You Want Pies With That?" Every month, a new theme is chosen and the challenge is to create a pies based on that theme. This month's theme is, "I Love That Movie!" Pick a movie you love and bake a pie based on that movie. Of course I love a lot of movies, but I really love "Pretty Woman."
Remember the scene early in the movie, when Edward (Richard Gere) takes Vivian (Julia Roberts) to his hotel room for the first time, and he orders champagne and strawberries? Vivian looks confused on what to do, and Edward tells her the strawberries bring out the flavor in the champagne, to which she replies, "Oh. Groovy."

So this pie is based on that scene. It's a strawberry tart with champagne whipped cream. I made a sweet tart crust (recipe from Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan),
slathered the bottom with excellent quality strawberry preserves, and poured fresh strawberries on top, (all of this based on a recipe from the above Dorie Greenspan book - but I can't remember the name of the recipe right now - sorry!).

I used about 1 cup of champagne and put it on medium heat, letting it simmer until it had reduced to about half. To be honest, I'm not sure this was necessary, but it did seem to get rid of the bubbles (of course), and concentrate the flavor. I think you could easily use champagne flavoring, if it's out there (which I'm sure it is in the candy making world - I just didn't have time to look for it).
The only problem with this method is I was forced to drink the rest of the bottle of champagne so it wouldn't go to waste (maybe that's not really a problem).

To make the champagne whipped cream, I combined heavy cream, (about 1/2 pint), a little vanilla (about 1/2 teaspoon), and the reduced champagne (about 2 tablespoons) in my new whipped cream dispenser, and voila!
I will say it looks lovely, and tasted fantastic. My husband absolutely loved it. I'm sure if Vivian could taste it, she would think it was really groovy.

14 comments:

Madam Chow said...

I love what you did with the champagne - groovy, indeed!

Elizabeth said...

Very neat! I love it! And a great movie choice too!

Dianne said...

Strawberries...Yum! I love the shape of your tart. Everything looks delicious!

April said...

Sounds great, looks beautiful! I love this movie!

Natashya said...

Oh my goodness, that looks amazing. If you made me that tart, I would be your friend forever. Providing you also brought the rest of the champagne of course! :)

Mary Ann said...

Absolutely beautiful and what a wonderful choice!

Judy said...

Nothing worse than being forced to drink champagne. ;) Those strawberries look so delicious!

Tammy said...

that is one of my favourite movies - I love it and I love your pie!!!!

Susie Homemaker said...

GROOVY!!
Love this pie!

Jacque said...

Mmmmm, that sounds so good and fits perfectly with the movie. Cute pan too!

tami said...

Great photographs - makes me want to learn more about photography and how to use my camera properly! LOL Fantastic choice for the movie and the strawberry tarts - they go together perfectly!

Mouse said...

LINDSEY! You know I'm pregnant and now all I want is a very large piece of this pie! You're trying to get me to come visit aren't you? I'll let you know when I'm coming so you can whip up another!Delicious!

Rebecca said...

Oh, mmmmmmmmmmmercy. I had the same champagne "problem" with my risotto. Funny how that happens. ;)

bakingwiththeboys said...

Perfect fit for the movie. Such a bummer you had to drink the rest of the champagne...