California Citrus Tart (Navel, Cara Cara, Tangelo, Blood & Clementines)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

California Citrus Tart
California Citrus Rocks! Tart

If we were face-to-face, I would look you straight in the eye, get all serious and say:

"I have something to tell you.
{pause for emphasis here}
California. Citrus. Rocks."

I'm not kidding.

I went to the Studio City Farmers Market last weekend and picked up a bunch of citrus to make this Ode to California Citrus tart!

California Citrus Tart
The Oranges:
Navel (front right big one)
Cara Cara (behind the blood)
Tangelo (funky top, back left)
Blood (middle front, reddish skin)
Clementine (note to self: not fun to section a little itty bitty Clementine tangerine!)

California Citrus Tart
Outside alternates between the navel and pinkish Cara Cara orange. Next circle is tangelos and blood followed by those little tiny sectioned clementines.

California Citrus Tart
Isn't the blood orange awesome!?

California Citrus Tart
I made Dorie Greenspan's Sweet Tart (fully baked) and Ina Garten's Pastry Cream (I skipped the liquor and added the zest of one navel orange)

The pastry cream was a bit too soft so it oozed when sliced; next time I might make little tarts or figure out a way to make the cream more solid (cook it more?)

I glazed the tart with a bit of simple syrup to add a bit more sweetness and shine. I think I can skip that next time or use a warmed marmalade.

California Citrus Tart
Cafe Johnsonia has great step-by-step photos to make Dorie Greenspan's Sweet Tart Dough. Ina's Pastry Cream recipe is on the Food Network's website.

This is a delicious dose of Vitamin C in a tart shell! My co-workers liked this a lot and I was really pleased with the combo of fresh citrus and well, lotsa butter and eggs! Caroline said it was like eating an orange creamsicle! :)
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Esi said... [Reply to comment]

This is so beautiful and looks like summer even though it uses winter fruit. Amazing!

Elyse said... [Reply to comment]

This tart is just plain gorgeous. The colors are stunning, as is your presentation. Plus, even though it's a yummy tart, oranges score a "100" on the new nutritional value scales that recently came out (0 being no nutrition, 100 being complete nutrition)!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my gosh.. don't smack me for saying this but... the blood orange reminded me of the opening on "Dexter", the tarte however is PERRRRFECT.

Chocolate Shavings said... [Reply to comment]

LOVE the colors on that tart! It sounds delicious.

CookingCourtney said... [Reply to comment]

that has go to be the coolest looking tart i;ve seen!

Steph said... [Reply to comment]

Mary, that's insanely gorgeous!! The colours of the fruit are so bright.. it reminds me of summer already!

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

You are making me drool for spring! It will be 50 degrees here today and I am so excited.

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

I'm permanently jealous of your California citrus. You don't have to convince me that it's the best, I already know. Although my carbon footprint is apparently much bigger because I buy California cara cara oranges to eat all of the time. The tart looks just beautiful. I love creamsicles and I bet it tasted fantastic! What a brilliant idea!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I love citrus and this looks absolutely gorgeous! I just love the colors!

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

BEAUTIFUL tart! I love citrus!! Perfect for a winter treat!

Ingrid_3Bs said... [Reply to comment]

Gorgeous tart!

Btw, Florida citrus rocks, too!! :-)

Olga said... [Reply to comment]

How absolutley gorgeous! I tried Cara Cara for the first time last week, and am sad I only bought one.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Gorgeous tart! I'm going to my local farmers' market tonight. I'm going to get some citrus. YUM.

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

I want a creamsicle!

Your citrus supremes are perfect- lovely tart.

vibi said... [Reply to comment]

OMG! I will have to enjoy it here... all those beautiful colors and textures, for I am definatly not... ever in this lifetime, going through the hassle of cutting so many orange supremes! LOL

You have the patience of an angel, Mary! But frankly I do have to admit, just by the looks of the finished product... you were pretty darn well rewarded! LOL

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

WOW how colourful . It makes me think of summer. This tart is so nice and i bet delicous. Never tried a citrus tart yum wish to now !

Katie said... [Reply to comment]

Absolutely beautiful. I don't even really like citrus and I want to eat this!

Lynn said... [Reply to comment]

Oh I'm so glad to have stumbled upoon your blog! You are a girl after my own heart. I love, love, love all your recipes here. I'll be back often to bake along with you. :)

Pearl said... [Reply to comment]

<3 the bright colors!

vanillasugarblog said... [Reply to comment]

those photos are just stunning....

Pamela said... [Reply to comment]

Everyday there is something more beautiful and tempting than the day before! Love the pictures, Mary!

MissBliss said... [Reply to comment]


We loooove blood oranges, can't get enough!

Mumsy said... [Reply to comment]

HOLY COW. That is stunning, Mary. I mean, really. It is gorgeous! I have blood oranges, just need to get the others and give it a go.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

This is just beautiful, and yes, here in Baltimore I am seethingly jealousy of your California citrus.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

this is sooooo BEAUTIFUL!

Reeni said... [Reply to comment]

What a gorgeous and refreshing tart!

The Blonde Duck said... [Reply to comment]

That is full of tasty vitamen C, looks like! The colors are beautiful!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

What a pretty tart! Yes, the citrus this year is really good (although I'm not sure if the ones I buy are from FL or CA - sadly citrus doesn't grow in KY). I just discovered the Cara Cara and they are my current favorite.

mimi said... [Reply to comment]

i totally pigged out on citrus when i was out in california over the holidays -- so much better than what gets shipped out to the east!

everything looks so delicious and refreshing!!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful, beautiful, I'd love to get my hands on some of that fruit! I'm keeping my eyes open for some Cara Caras.

Coco Cake Land said... [Reply to comment]

pretty!! go citrus go!!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful tart. California citrus rocks. In fact, it kicks ass.

And Girl Japan's comment made me LOL - It does remind me of the opening of Dexter.

I haven't had a blood orange yet this season and NEED to now!

How To Eat A Cupcake said... [Reply to comment]

May I ask what you use for lighting? Your shots are incredible!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Look at the intensity of that blood orange! Incredibly delicious looking dessert. Nice work!

Dee said... [Reply to comment]

Your tart is perfect! What kind of pie pan do you use? Love blood oranges but I've only found them here once :(

The Food Librarian said... [Reply to comment]

Dee, I'm using a 9" tart pan...or is it 8"...well, I think it is 9" tart pan with removable bottom. I like it a lot! :)

Shari said... [Reply to comment]

I love the colors. It looks beautiful, nutritious and low cal all at once. Great photos!

Mary Ann said... [Reply to comment]

This beautiful tart actually inspired me the pick up a couple of blood oranges when I saw them at the store the other day. Stunning!

Fit Chick said... [Reply to comment]

Our citrus is wonderful out here and what an excellent use of different varieties. Beautiful and looks yummy!

Maggie said... [Reply to comment]

What a beautiful tart! I'm sure all the varieties of citrus were great together.

Nancy/n.o.e said... [Reply to comment]

Citrus is a constant minor obsession with me - love this tart! A marmalade glaze sounds amazing. Great job!

Lynette said... [Reply to comment]

Looks very yummy, and beautiful too!

Di said... [Reply to comment]

What a lovely tart! I love citrus, too. You did an amazing job sectioning all that fruit.

Satisfying my Sweet Tooth said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! This is beautiful and looks delicious! I will have to keep this recipe on hand and try it. How fun to have such a good farmers market too!

Donna-FFW said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, this makes me long for summer, especially when the snow is coming down so steadily.So refreshing, and it looks sooo loaded with falvor. I wish I could taste it!

Tammy said... [Reply to comment]

wow, that looks very impressive! I have awarded you a blog award

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

california citrus does rock! this tart is unbelievably gorgeous. great job!

PS: I've moved:

Jacque said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, what a lovely tart! Your selection of citrus sounds wonderful.

Teri Lyn Fisher said... [Reply to comment]

This looks amazing. I am obsessed with oranges right now too. This is a must try. Thanks!

Deeba PAB said... [Reply to comment]

I have something to tell you.
Your blog rocks, & so does this tart! It's just gorgeous!!

kickpleat said... [Reply to comment]

oooh, this looks so fresh and bright! and i love tangelos and blood oranges. yum.

Y said... [Reply to comment]

That tart looks great. The colours of the citrus fruits are so vibrant!

cakeflower said... [Reply to comment]

That is freakin' beautiful! :)

Robert and Tannya said... [Reply to comment]

I had my first blood orange on a trip to Phoenix to visit a friend. We picked it off a tree in her backyard. They are amazing. This tart looks fabulous. Your pictures are fantastic. I love your site. I am definitely putting a link to it from mine.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

This looks like the best way to get your daily vitamin C that I have ever seen...

Judy said... [Reply to comment]

This tart really caught my eye. I have a tree full of blood oranges right now, and I love using them anyway I can. This one sounds so delicious!

rkm said... [Reply to comment]

i use martha stewart's pastry cream recipe and it works every time. it calls for half a vanilla bean but i find adding a teaspoon or so of "good" vanilla extract makes it extra delicious! i love me some ina but martha don't mess.

Chuey said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for the idea! I got a box of Cara's this morning at Trader Joe's. Yummy!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I love how this looks! Could you share how you sectioned your clementine? i don't eat clementines very often because of all the fiber-y outside, but would love to eat more.

The Food Librarian said... [Reply to comment]

@Susana Sectioning a clementine isn't something I would do is a pain! :) I just used a paring knife to carefully section eat little piece from the clementine, just like the rest of the citrus. There was a lot of waste, and I only did it for this little project. - mary

BigFatBaker said... [Reply to comment]

This is beautiful, and it sounds amazing! I hope I get the chance to try something like this soon. Great job!

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