Sep 2, 2012

Strawberry Tart + White Sangria #SundaySupper

This whole Sunday Supper brings a lot of different memories. The theme today is cookout recipes, since it's Labor Day in the US. Our worker's holiday is May 1, one of the two days in the whole year (the other being Jan 1st) when even shopping malls close.

Do I need an excuse to come up with summery recipes? Of course not, especially since the last days have been amazingly sunny and warm.

Since the strawberries at the market were surprisingly sweet and fat,  I decided to make my grandmother's strawberry pie. It´s simple but full of flavour and has a delightful syrup on top made with the strawberries' own juices. 

She was a very travelled and worldly person, and baked double crusted apple pies and curries when nobody else did here. Her recipe uses sour cream with sugar, which results in a tangy cream and doesn't require whipping. I changed that a bit because I had mascarpone in the fridge, and we all know how quickly that goes bad. If you don't like to use gelatin, a few teaspoons of cornstarch can be added to the juices and cooked until thick. 
Either way, the flavour will come from fresh strawberries and that always beats artificial flavoured jello.

But before we eat dessert, we have to get the holiday started with something to drink. 
Enter the clericó, or white sangria. I used that name to get you interested. Here, sangria is made with red wine, sugar and fruit. When white wine is used it's called clericó. 

This light colored version was so popular in the 80's, I don't think there's one of us from that neon clothing, big hair, shoulder padded era that didn't drink it. Especially during the summer, after a long day at the beach. You would go to the beach bar and order a large jar of clerico to share with friends. Some of us would only munch at the fruit (banana pieces my absolute favourite), which got me into trouble anyway, because, after a while, the fruit would be soaked in a lot of wine.

Today, I had a preview of summer, with a great menu that included the white sangria, salad, meat and potatoes, coleslaw, strawberry tart and chocolate cake.
All wonderful, though some better than others (that's you zucchini salad).
I can get used to this type of holiday menu, and if I consider all the holidays around the world that I take part of because of this blog, I might end up living in a semi-permanent good mood.



For the dough:
½ recipe Pate Sablée (see recipe here)

For the filling:
1 pound strawberries, cleaned and sliced thick
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 Tbs cold water
¾ cup cream
3 Tbs mascarpone
¼ cup powdered sugar
Mint leaves, for garnish


For the dough: Roll and line a square or round 8 inch (23 cm) pie or tart plate with removable bottom. Prick the bottom dough and refrigerate for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF /180ºC. Line the tart pan with aluminum foil and beans or pie weights, and bake for 15/20 minutes. Remove the foil carefully and continue baking 10 to 15 minutes until the dough is fully baked. Let cool completely on wire rack. Unmold and transfer to serving plate.

For the filling: Before you start rolling the dough, put the sliced strawberries together with the sugar in a bowl. Cover and let marinate at room tº, at least 2 hours. If leaving the mixture more than a few hours keep it refrigerated.
When you´re ready to assemble the tart, pour the liquid from the strawberries in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat until reduced to half a cup, about 5 minutes. In a small cup put cold water and sprinkle gelatin over. Let hydrate a few minutes. Add to the hot, reduced strawberry syrup that has been removed from the heat, and mix until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Let this mixture cool in the fridge until it begins to thicken. Don´t let it set.
Beat the cold cream and mascarpone together with powdered sugar until thick. Spread this mixture evenly on bottom of cooled crust. Scatter marinated strawberries on top and then carefully add the cold strawberry gelatin mixture with a spoon. It might or might not cover the whole surface.
Let the cake set in the refrigerator for 15 minutes, garnish with mint leaves and serve.



1 banana
½ red apple
1/3 cup blueberries
1/3 cup sliced strawberries
1 orange, unpeeled
½ cup sugar
1 bottle dry white wine
Ice cubes (cold club soda might be used)


Slice the orange, the banana and the apple. Put them in a jar together with the rest of the fruit. Add sugar and then half the bottle of white wine.
With a wooden spoon, mix everything well. Add the rest of the wine and ice cubes.
Pour wine into glasses and serve. Keep refrigerated.

As usual, our group came up with extraordinary recipes, which you can look at, pin, cook and bake to your heart's content. Check them out!

Labor Day Cookout Recipes:

Starters & Snacks

·                  Lobster Salad with Avocado, Corn and Tomatoes by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
·                  Grilled Vegetable Spread by Magnolia Days
·                  Toast Topper #8: Tomato Confit for #SundaySupper by Yummy Smells
·                  Honey BBQ Wings and Cool Ranch by Big Bears Wife
·                  Finger Lickin’ Chicken Drumettes by Noshing with the Nolands 

Main Dishes

·                  Baked Shrimp and Pasta Caprese by Mama’s Blissful Bites
·                  Newfangled Cowtown White Chicken Chili by Shockingly Delicious
·                  Strawberry BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches by The Weekend Gourmet
·                  Spicy Seoulful Pulled Pork Sandwiches by Kimchi Mom
·                  Smoked Pork Butt (A How-To) from Juanita’s Cocina
·                  Soy Glazed Chicken Thighs by The Messy Baker Blog
·                  Adana kebab by Small Wallet, Big Appetite
·                  Portabello Paninis by The Hand That Rocks the Ladle
·                  Bloody Mary Skirt Steak by From Fast Food to Fresh Food
·                  Tuna and Roasted Pepper Packets by Cindy’s Recipes & Writings
·                  Mint Marinated Beef Kabobs with Garlic Sauce by Sustainable Dad
·                  Creamy Latin Style Pasta by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
·                  Spicy Portuguese Style Sliders by Daily Dish Recipes
·                  Aromatic Glazed Salmon by Happy Baking Days
·                  Pork sliders by Basic ‘N Delicious
·                  Foil Packet Chicken by In the Kitchen with Audrey

Salads & Sides

·                  Mom’s Savory Pork’n’Beans by Webicurean
·                  Ranch Potato Salad by My Catholic Kitchen
·                  Gluten Free Penne hot salad with basil, asparagus, cherry tomatoes fresh mozzarella and chicken with a mustard vineagarete for #SundaySupper by Cooking Underwriter
·                  Southern Surprise Potato Salad by Granny’s Down Home Southern Cooking
·                  #SundaySupper Marinated Ginger Chicken & Spinach Salad by Kwistin’s Favorites
·                  Roasted Potato & Corn Salad w/ Bacon by GirliChef
·                  Vegan Caprese Salad by Galactosemia in PDX
·                  Smokin Hot Caribbean Spiced Corn-On-The-Cob by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
·                  Potato salad with Stilton and bacon by Tora’s Real Food
·                  Tomato Feta Orzo Salad by Family Foodie 


·                  Frozen Sangria by Supper For a Steal
·                  Persian mint & cucumber cooler (sekanjabeen) by Family Spice


·                  Root Beer Float Cupcakes by Chocolate Moosey
·                  Strawberry Cream Squares by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
·                  Fresh Mango Pie by La Cocina De Leslie
·                  Brown Butter M&M Cookies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
·                  Gluten Free Lemon Blondies by No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
·                  Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake by Baker Street
·                  Strawberry Pie + White Sangria by Vintage Kitchen Notes
·                  Grilled Banana Splits by Diabetic Foodie
·                  Easy Desserts: Frozen Chocolate Bananas by Home Cooking Memories 
·                  Ice Cream Sandwich Cake by Comfy Cuisine
·                  Blueberry Lemon Whoopie Pies for a Holiday Cookout #SundaySupper by In the Kitchen with KP

Wine Pairings

·                  Labor Day Cookout Food And Wine Pairings by ENOFYLZ

Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper. We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 p.m. EST for our weekly #SundaySupper  live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite cookout recipes!
All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us throughTweetChat!
We’d also love to feature your Cookout recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers!


  1. Your grandmas tart is so great! It must taste really fresh!

  2. This will be my go-to strawberry tart from now on!!! Just STUNNING! Happy #SundaySupper!!!

  3. Paula, what a feast! The Strawberry Mascarpone Pie (following your grandma´s recipe - what a precious idea) looks delectable and very summery! And the Clericó/White Sangria certainly looks like wonderful summer/party fair as well! I have never seen a recipe for Sangria, white or red, that uses bananas - makes me smile to think that those were your favorite pieces of fruit from this lovely drink!

    Have a Happy Sunday!

  4. That strawberry tart is just gorgeous!

  5. You had me at strawberries. Your photos are stunning!

  6. This tart sounds delicious, Paula!!

  7. Mmm love me some white sangria and the tart looks perfect!

  8. Absolutely stunning! I don't know which of the two I'm going to try first. My Hubby would love that strawberry tart, but that white sangria looks wonderfully refreshing, especially with all that fruit. :)

  9. What wonderful recipes! I want a slice of the tart and chase it with the sangria. Perfect for a cookout.

  10. Looks amazing!!!!!!!! You're lucky you have strawberries available, here there is no way I can find fresh ones!!!!!

  11. Oh, such a fabulous tart! I could eat an extra-large slice right now. And the sangria sounds perfectly refreshing! =)

  12. Utterly divine. I'd love to come to your summer parties!

  13. That strawberry tart has it all my friend, it looks incredible :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Could I have a bite of that pie, now?

  15. It's so colorful and delicious looking-- can't wait to try this! Thanks!

  16. This strawberry tart is GORGEOUS!! I adore strawberries, especially in Summer. And sangria? My all-time-favorite Summer cocktail...

  17. Look how fabulous that looks, oh my!!

  18. I will definitely be trying that tart recipe. I love strawberries and I love mascarpone. Having both at the same time sounds too good to be true.

  19. this is a GORGEOUS tart! I love the ingredients and it sounds SO delicious :) wonderful
    Mary x

  20. Two of my favorite things... these recipes are amazing! I have mascarpone cheese and now I know exactly what to make with it.

  21. PS. Pastel white chocolate M&Ms were available around Easter...they were SO good! I hope they bring them back for some other holidays :)

    1. I remember them now, but I´m talking about AGES ago. But I think they were dark chocolate; guess the white is a new twist.

  22. Your post is so beautiful and the tart as well as sangria are just gorgeous!

  23. The strawberry tart and the Sangria look great. I love Sangria...I'm gonna have to give it a try!

  24. What a gorgeous tart, Paula! Absolutely STUNNING!

  25. These tarts look gorgeous! I bet they are to die for.

  26. What a perfect tart! I am always in search of good strawberry tart recipes, as so many are bland. I think both the sour cream and mascarpone versions sound great. And thanks for the 4-1-1 on the clérico! I never knew it had a name. I made a really rich sangria for my birthday... Yum! Spring is on its way for you - hope it gets to you soon? ~ David

    1. We had a very mild winter, and just this past weekend was perfect to start working on a tan, so imagine how warm it was!

  27. Mmmm, love sangria! What a great way to say goodbye to summer.

  28. Beautiful photos! I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but strawberry tarts is one of my favorite dessert. Thank you for sharing!

  29. Gosh, how I wish it were strawberry season here! Will hang on to this for next June. Thanks for posting.

  30. Your strawberry tart is absolutely gorgeous. I made strawberry rhubarb pie last night. It tasted good, but yours is SO much prettier!

  31. Paula, Such a beautiful tart…so fresh and delicious looking! Your Sangria looks wonderful too! I would love to be eating at your house! Absolutely lovely!!

  32. The strawberry tart looks so beautiful. I laughed when you mentioned the neon clothing and big hair. I'll take a white sangria any decade (I didn't know it was called clericó by the way)!

  33. Paula, this is one scrumptious looking tart. You had me drooling over this tart when you posted your sneaky peek on facebook, but now I want it bad. I totally need this tart in my life, and I'm going to dream about it until I make it.

  34. I love your addition of bananas in your sangria! I never thought to add some bananas, but what a great flavor combination! You tart seriously is just beautiful! Hugs, Terra

  35. Your tart crust looks beautiful! I'm a huge fan of sangria, especially white sangria, and I bet it would go beautifully with the tart!

    Jamie @


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