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Friday, April 22, 2011

Sumarterta - Icelandic Summer Skyr Tart



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Its name lured me as surely as the siren's song lured mariners of myth to death on rocky shoals. How can you resist something called a Summer Skyr Tart? I had visions of blond nymphs dancing in the pale glow of midnight sun, sipping champagne as they nibbled on elegant and Lucullean tarts. The romance of it all caused me to commit to its creation before I did my research and learned that skyr does not reference the midnight sun. It's a popular dairy product that is similar to strained yogurt, or soft cheese, and it's used extensively in Icelandic cooking. So much for romance. I also learned that skyr is thicker than yogurt and a bit sweeter. The product is not available here, so I decided to go with a Greek yogurt cheese that I've used for other purposes. As I browsed through the recipe it became clear that this dessert was not going to fall into the "sweet thing" category. It consists of cookie base that is covered with a barely sweet mixture of egg whites, cream cheese and yogurt. It is finished with a sprinkling of toasted almonds and strawberries. The recipe was developed by Beatrice Ojakangas, but I found it on a great blog called The Bohemian Kitchen. This is a large, thin tart. It will not set if you use a smaller pan and go for height rather than diameter. I used a 12-inch spring form pan to make my tart. I also made some adjustments to the recipe which I've highlighted in red. I added a small amount of almond extract and a pinch of salt to the cookie base. I also covered it with a 1/2 cup of warm strawberry jam before adding the yogurt layer. Please note that the recipe uses raw egg whites. Some of you might be more comfortable using pasteurized eggs or powdered egg whites. I like to use reconstituted egg whites because it alleviates the problem of having to store unused yolks. The tart will not set in the hour suggested in the recipe, so plan on at least 6 to 8 hours chill before serving. Now comes the hard part. I won't be making this again. It is a nice dessert, but it is very understated and almost boring. I suspect the results might be different if the tart were made with skyr, but until I can find a source for it, I'll stick with strawberry short cake. I hope some of you will try the Sumarterta and let me know what you think. Here's the recipe.

Sumarterta - Icelandic Summer Skyr Tart...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Beatrice Ojakangas and the Bohemian Kitchen

Ingredients:
Tart Base
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup softened butter
1 whole egg, beaten
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup warmed strawberry jam
Filling
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup yogurt cheese
1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese
Garnish
12 strawberries, cleaned & halved
3/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Directions
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 11 or 12-inch spring form pan and dust it with flour.
2) Combine flour, sugar, salt and butter. Mix with finger tips until coarse crumbs form. Add almond extract to egg and stir into crumb mixture, mixing well. Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden. Set aside to cool. When cool brush surface with strawberry jam.
3) With a mixer, combine yogurt cheese or skyr with cream cheese and beat until combined and smooth.
4) In a clean bowl, whip egg whites with a small dash of salt until frothy. Add sugar and continue beating until the whites become stiff.
5) Fold cheese mixture into egg whites. Spread over cooled crust.
6) Sprinkle with toasted almonds and decorate with strawberry halves.
7) Chill tart for at least 6 hours. Yield: 8 to 10 servings.






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77 comments:

Eileen said...

Well, it certainly looks beautiful, even if you did find it a bit boring in the taste department. Those strawberries look luscious.

Red Nomad OZ said...

That's a killer recipe name! But I'd make it just so I could say 'Oh, it's an old Icelandic recipe ...' if anyone asked what it was!!

Have a great Easter break!!

Umm Mymoonah said...

Definitely the name itself sounds too
good and it looks very impressive.

Al Dente Gourmet said...

Oooh,this is a delicious gorgeous looking tart, Mary. And I'm sure it tastes wonderful :)I'm loving this recipe :) Thanks for sharing!

Happy Easter to you and your family!

Aldy.

Margarida said...

Mary, I liked your pie, if there is hard for you to find certain ingredients in Portugal I think even more would have to make alterations, is not living in Portugal is that they live in a very small village where some products do not arrive and sometimes not even know that there ... only when I go to the city closest to refuel myself is that everything that does not exist in order to experience things.

But I loved your pie, it must be delicious!

Kisses

Duncan D. Horne said...

That looks absolutely gorgeous, one of the tastiest I've seen here!

Duncan In Kuantan

The Sweetylicious said...

WOW! it look so lovely! im sure it taste YUMMY! (: (: (:

Yasmin said...

Mmmmm, this looks delicious! I'll definately have a slice!!

Priya said...

YUmm, tart looks stunning n irresistible..

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

What a delicious and exciting recipe. I love finding unique ones that I haven't come across before!


Happy Easter Mary!

Three-Cookies said...

It could be an acquired taste perhaps, looks delicious though! I have never heard of Skyr but it sounds a bit similar to quark. I've tried cake made with quark - mildly sweet and fairly delicious

Hovkonditorn said...

Looks good!

Suman Singh said...

Wow, this look so good and delicious.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

It sure doesn't look boring! I am a big fan of strawberry shortcake too though... Happy Easter Mary:@)

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

I would have to taste this for myself! It certainly looks beautiful. Happy Easter to you Mary!

Rita said...

Mary I love the fact that you tried it, were not that crazy about it, posted about it and admiited your opininion. You're good! It does look very nice.
Rita

Big Dude said...

I'm not a big dessert and frequently just skip them, but the name intrigued me. I glad I read it as this is a must make soon item. Your shot of it is excellent.

Ana Rita said...

Lovelly tart.....Amazing look!

Kisses and hope you have a great Easter,
Rita

Cooking Creation said...

Looks can be deceiving! You certainly made it look delicious!

highplainsdrifters said...

And once the movie "Thor" opens, I'm sure the recipe will be a hit with the kids. :^)

Mamatkamal said...

Looks delicous with those lovely strawberries! Have a nice day Mary!
Cheers

thedaintyapron said...

Mary,
First I want to thank you for visiting my blog and for the sweet comment. I enjoyed looking around yours and definitely reading today's post. Your tart looks fabulous even though Skyr doesn't reference the midnight sun! :) Have a blessed Easter!

-Jimena

Harika's Kitchen said...

No doubt it would be very tasty. Its very new to me wanna have to try once.

Ronda Kisner said...

That is one yummy looking dish!

Ruth said...

Your posts always look delicisous - but this looks especially good!

PeggyR said...

This sounds wonderful!

Penny said...

It is always fun to try new things. I'm always on the lookout for unusual ingredients. Have a wonderful Easter holiday Mary.

briarrose said...

I would have been drawn in by the name too. ;)

A Seasonal Cook in Turkey said...

How interesting! Uzbekistan where I have just been, has something called skymilk which must be the same as your skyr! It was very nice - actually one of the nicer culinary offerings that I tasted there to be honest! I am so off heavy and oily foods as a result ...
Lovely to have you visit my blog, BTW! Thank you!
Claudia

Jenn said...

Fantastic name and a beautiful dessert! Can I please come and live with you?? I promise you will hardly know I'm there... at least not until it's time to eat :)

Clint said...

Looks positively wonderful! I love the name, too.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Looks delicious and tempting...

Angie's Recipes said...

It definitely looks very spring, pretty and delicious!

JG said...

This dessert does look tempting. I smiled while reading the end of your post - we will be enjoying Strawberry Shortcake this Sunday! :)
~Judy

kitchen flavours said...

This looks really nice! Happy Easter, Mary! Have a lovely Easter weekend!

Jeannie said...

It is indded a very gorgeous looking tart and far from boring if one is to judge the taste by its looks!

June said...

It's very pretty Mary! Don't you hate when things don't live up to expectations though. I still figure you've got to go along way to beat a good Strawberry Shortcake, especially with Oregon strawberries! Hope you have a wonderful Easter.

Elisabeth said...

Lovely tart...love the filling, and the strawberry. The name of the tart is very interesting.
I also made strawberry cheesecake bars. Lots of strawberries on top.
Have a beautiful, and Happy Easter!

Parsley Sage said...

Well done for giving it a go. It's always disappointing when you do the work and it comes out a bit unexciting. Looks glorious tho!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Never heard of that tart but it looks amazing! Happy Easter to you and your family, enjoy your weekend!

lena said...

hi mary, definately not boring for me! looks so pretty !

Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer said...

Well it looks beautiful :) Sounds great I may just have to give it a try with some twists as I always do. I too would add the almond axtract. I love a challenge and love that you are honest about the outcome.

We Are Not Martha said...

Wow, it does have a really beautiful name. And look! It's like the best pizza ever :)

Sues

Tender Branson said...

That is one beautiful shot. I've loved exploring your blog.

paula MARIANA said...

Hummm Mary looks so good and delicious,

kisses and have a Good and Happy Easter

Claudia said...

I had the same romantic notion when I saw the title of the post. It does entice even if a wee bit boring - maybe it's the pretty red and white. Happy Easter - enjoy!

Tracy said...

You keep raising the bar and I keep lowering the scale because your blog and my sloth are conspiring to end my sugar addiction. I see this stuff and I see what I have close at hand, then I think,
"Forget it."

happydomesticity said...

That looks divine! The strawberries on the white look so lucious! I love the name too.

Marmande in the Kitchen said...

Looks really light and refreshing! The strawberries look great

yummychunklet said...

This looks so good! I want to try it because I love using my springform pans.

That Girl said...

I was wondering what you were going to use in place of skyr!

soundless_space said...

This looks so delicious and perfect for warmer weather!

Tammy said...

Oooo how pretty and delicious looking! That is one beautiful tart, Mary!
I hope you and your family have a very happy and lovely Easter!

Hugs & Happy blessings,
Tammy♥

Wendy Irene said...

It looks beautiful with the red strawberries! Even if you won't be making it again I do love looking at it :) I have never heard of Skyr before. Now I am curious. I always learn new things on your site. Love that! Have a beautiful weekend!

Lizzy said...

Oh, the name drew me in, too, Mary...then your photos really captivated me! What a fabulous dessert. Happy Easter to you and yours~

Ginny said...

You are getting more and more adventuresome!! This reminds me of all the trillions of kinds of cream they sell in England, but not here!!! Oh well, I guess our arteries are all clogged enough as it is. Still, I would like to try some of the clotted stuff. Oops, there's that clot word again!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

That really looks delicious. Diane

teresa said...

mmmm, what a fun tart, it get's me so excited for summer!

Tanvi said...

Looks great.The name of this dessert is quite Interesting.Thanks for sharing.Have a nice weekend.

Joanne said...

I knew I had seen this somewhere recently! It looks just as gorgeous here as it did over at Claudie's blog! And yes, the name alone is cause to give it a whirl!

flying eagle woman said...

ahhh indeed the name "Skyr" is misleading! While the picture is fetching and your description interesting it looks like a daunting task better left to actual chefish types...I'll stick to the longhouse foods:-)
Have a great weekend!
Shawna

bj said...

Oh, my...this is indeed, a beautiful thing.
Wishing you a very happy Easter..now I am going to see how you do Hot Cross Buns..they seem right for Easter.:))
xo bj

Rambling Tart said...

Too bad it doesn't taste as good as it looks, Mary! :-) It DOES sound romantic and marvelous. :-)

ann @ Apples and Twinkies said...

This really looks gorgeous. Have a very Happy Easter!

Catherine said...

Dear Mary,

This tart looks so refreshing and good.

Have a Happy and Blessed Easter to you and your family.
Catherine
xo

mia xara said...

It looks absolutely gorgeous, Mary!My weakness for creamy desserts is once more making me cave in..I wish I had at least "One Perfect Bite"..lol!Enjoy a blessed Easter weekend!

Rachel said...

Nice name and an even prettier tart. Despite what you say regarding the taste,it looks wonserful. Happy Easter Mary.

Holly said...

Oooo I could never resist this! Mmmmmmm

Swathi said...

These are awesome beautiful tart. Love the cream cheese filling and strawberry makes is more delectable.

My Little Space said...

Waht a mouthwatering treat! Yummm... Happy easter day!
Blessings, Kristy

Lucie said...

Thank you for the honest opinion, Mary! It's nice to learn the story of a new dessert.

Elaine said...

Well, it's too bad you didn't like it, Mary, because it looks delectable. I can see how you were drawn to the name and the look of this tart!

Gloria said...

This look absolutely perfect dear Mary!! Have a Happy Easter! Lovely tart! gloria

Marsha @ The Harried Cook said...

Icelandic huh? wow! it looks gorgeous and delicious... I wouldn't mind sampling a slice to tell you my opinion :) Thanks for sharing...

dr.antony said...

Hi,Mary
That looks heavenly!
Wish you a blessed Easter !

LittleAsianGirl BigAppetite said...

another picture perfect dessert..looks yummy!

Dina said...

it's finally in the 80s here in nyc! this would be a perfect dessert today!

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