Classic French Challenge – June

I want to say a very big thank you to everyone who took up the macaron challenge last month, there were some fantastic entries and if you haven’t seen the round up yet then please head over to Victoria’s blog to revel in the deliciousness. Also an even bigger thank you to Victoria for coming up with the theme and hosting the challenge. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to try something I’d been putting off for ages. Lots of you also baked macarons for the first time too so we all had a chance to learn something new.

So I bet you’re all wondering what I’m going to set as the theme for June, as the sun has finally returned, I’m going with a summery theme…

French Fruit Tart

Think of the tarts that you would see in the window of a French patisserie or even in the French supermarkets. The ones I have in mind are the tarts made with a shortcrust pastry case, filled with crème patissière and topped with glistening fresh fruit.  I’ve not made crème patissière before but as I was brave last month, I’m going to be brave again this month and give it a go and I hope you will too. You can make one big tart or a selection of individual sized tarts, it’s up to you and enter more than once as well if you want to. Use any fresh fruit you like to top your tart and don’t forget the all important glaze to give it that mouth watering finish. The glaze is usually made from apricot jam and a little water warmed through and brushed over, or if using red fruits then a little redcurrant jelly works well instead to enhance the colour of the fruit.  

A little reminder of the rules:

Challenge Rules

  • Please use the logo on your post and tag the post with the label ‘Classic French’ and include a link to this challenge page and to Blue Kitchen Bakes.
  • Please add your entries via the linky at the bottom, enter the name of your dish in the name box.
  • If you’re on Twitter you can also tweet your links to @BlueKitchenBake using the hash tag #ClassicFrench and I will retweet any that I see
  • You can enter as many times as you want and you can enter your post into other challenges as long as it fits in with their rules 
  • You can enter an old post if you want but please update with a link back to my blog and the challenge logo 
  • Don’t forget that if the recipe you use is from another source i.e. book/magazine/website/blog to credit the original author. 
  • All entries will be pinned to the Classic French Pinterest board with links back to your post, if you don’t want to be included on the board then please let me know
  • The challenge will run until the 28th of the month.
  • New challenges will be announced on the 1st of each month
  • Above all have fun and use this as an excuse to learn something new and get creative! 


  • Victoria Lee
    June 1, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Oooo yum! I have only attempted crème patisserie once before and it wasn’t quite perfect, so this will give me chance to have another go! And I think I may already have picked out the fruit from one of my other challenges 😉 love it when a plan comes together!

  • Elizabeth
    June 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Mmm this a great challenge. I’m vexed I missed out on last month’s but I’m keen to try this one!

  • Choclette
    June 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    This will be a fun one to try if I get the time.