Are you ready for a tart takeover?

Asparagus and goat cheese tart 

The cupcake craze that peaked a few years back may be on the wane, but there hasn't been anything that has taken its place. One baker hopes to change that: Christina Maria Chambers is on a mission to elevate the status of tarts. Through her recently-launched company, Black Pearl Tarts, Chambers aims to "raise the profile of the oft-overlooked treat and - in the process - usurp the dessert trend that everyone loves to hate."

"Please die, cupcakes. It's time for tarts to rule," says Chambers, who left her administrative job and founded Black Pearl Tarts last January following a trip around the world. Although she doesn't have any formal pastry training, Chambers received hands-on training at Craftsman and Wolves, an acclaimed patisserie in San Francisco. She has become "obsessed" with making a perfect tart shell, which she pairs with both savory and sweet fillings. "I learned to make anything I was craving into a tart," she says.

If this has inspired you to make a tart, look no farther than the EYB Library. There are over 3,500 recipes available online, including these Member favorites:

Blueberry buttermilk tart from Epicurious by Gourmet Magazine
Flat apple & vanilla tart from BBC Good Food by  Mary Cadogan 
Pear and almond tart from DonnaHay.com.au by Donna Hay
Asparagus & goat's cheese tart  from Eat Fresh by Annabel Langbein (pictured above)
Roasted tomato rustic tart from Fresh from the Farm by Susie Middleton
Aria chocolate tart from Citrus and Candy by Karen Low and Matt Moran 

3 Comments

  • hillsboroks  on  3/4/2016 at 2:38 PM

    I am all for the tart takeover! Ever since I was a child I've favored pies over cakes and what is a tart but a skinny pie? There are so many wonderful sweet and savory recipes for tarts that it is always hard to choose which one to make.

  • sir_ken_g  on  3/5/2016 at 8:28 AM

    I approve of this message

  • Jane  on  3/5/2016 at 5:08 PM

    As someone who loathes cupcakes and loves tarts I am totally behind this trend - if it is a trend yet. Tarts are my dessert of choice - both to make and eat.

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