Orange Thyme Tart

If there’s one thing in the world that I enjoy doing the most it has got to be-baking. I find it so much easier than grinding masala for a curry or waiting hours for an ice-cream to set in the freezer. It’s simple and so much more fun!

Remember to follow a recipe to the t, getting all the proportions of your ingredients right, and you’re set to go. Trust me, you don’t have to be a pro to bake.

My love for baking began only a few months ago when I came back home after being away for three years. I’ve loved desserts all my life but never believed that I could create the same in my own kitchen. Sadly, I didn’t have an oven in my PG in Bombay so i had to make do with the stove and refrigerator I got access to. hence, when i came back, that joy of being able to bake again grew on me and want to take this to the next level.

I know I will be most comfortable only in my kitchen but isn’t working in a professional kitchen all the more fun? I’m going to be interning at Toast & Tonic all of next month to get the experience I can to do much more with what started off as a passion. I know it’s not going to be one bit easy but I also know this is what I want to do in life. I love my desserts more than anything else in this world!



So to start off this new beginning, I’m sharing with you’ll an Orange Thyme Tart, I experimented with the other day. The ingredients are fresh and it’s perfect for a sunny day.

I love making my own pastry crust so after countless trial and error sessions, I’ve managed to acquire a standard recipe. It turns out brilliant with that subtle flakiness that I enjoy the most.

The delicate flavour and aroma of thyme is simply gorgeous. You would prefer to use it in pies and quiche but just like my Candied Bacon, Apple & Peach Tart, I love using savoury ingredients in desserts. And for me, herbs top that list.

Thyme works well with any citrus fruit be it lemon, grapefruit or orange. Lemon is quite mainstream so I decided to use orange instead and I can’t tell you how surprisingly great it turned out!

It had a great balance of flavours. My family confessed that this was one of the few desserts I made that didn’t give them a sugar coma. The honey drizzled over it gives it a touch of sweetness, cutting down the overpowering sourness of the oranges.

Simple yet delicious to bite into.



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Orange Thyme Tart
If there's one thing in the world that I enjoy doing the most it has got to be-baking. It's simple and so much of fun! As much as I love my chocolate, nothing beats fresh fruit tarts for me. Garnish with herbs and it's beautiful. Do try out my Orange Thyme Tart šŸ™‚
Course dessert
Cuisine english
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course dessert
Cuisine english
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
  1. Place the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl.
  2. Using your fingers, rub the butter into the flour so that it resembles a breadcrumb sort of texture.
  3. Add the egg yolk and water. Mix well until it all comes together.
  4. Knead gently until a ball of dough forms. Wrap the dough in cling film and leave it to rest in the fridge for at least one hour.
  5. Sprinkle the work surface lightly with flour and rub the rolling pin with flour.
  6. Take the pastry out of the fridge and roll it about 2-3mm thick.
  7. Roll using even pressure and gentle strokes, giving the pastry a quarter turn after each roll. Occasionally, flip it over to ensure that the pastry is not sticking and dust more flour on the surface as needed.
  8. Using your rolling pin, transfer the pastry to a tart shell. Gently ease it against the sides and into the bottom edges.
  9. Trim the top edges with a knife and pinch over the top of the tart shell to prevent shrinkage down into the tin when you cook it.
  10. Chill the pastry shell in the freezer for about 10 minutes until it is hard. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.
  11. Cover the pastry with baking paper. Allow it to come over the sides of the tart and fill the centre with rice or any other pie weights.
  12. Put in the oven for about 20 minutes until it gets golden brown. Remove and allow it to cool.
  13. Meanwhile, peel the orange and drizzle honey over it.
  14. Arrange the orange pieces and dried thyme.
  15. Bake for another 15 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice-cream.
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