Huckleberries

Huckleberry tart

One of my favourite Pacific Northwest discoveries so far has been the huckleberry. I have so far only come across them at one market stall that focuses on foraged produce (rather than farm cultivated) so I am not sure about their wider availability. While this stall predominantly specialises in mushrooms, I have come across the occasional gem here – including wild watercress, elderberries, and of course huckleberries. If you are able to get your hands on them, do! You will love them. They were a staple in our house for several weeks, mostly added to yoghurt for breakfast (with a drizzle of maple syrup), but they also found their way into a huckleberry jam and this delicious and wonderfully simple tart. 

This recipe doesn’t call for much sweetener, just a scant 1/8 cup of honey. If you like your desserts particularly sweet you may want to add a bit more, as huckleberries are naturally tart in flavour. 

Recipe inspired by this delicious looking Gooseberry tart from The Little Library Café.

Ingredients
tart shell
punnet of huckleberries
3 egg yolks
2 eggs
1/2 cup cream
1/8 cup honey

 
 

Method
Pre-bake your favourite tart shell (try the one for this summer fruit tart). 
Once baked, fill the tart shell with huckleberries.
Whisk together the egg yolks, whole eggs, honey and cream and pour the mixture over the huckleberries.
Put the tart into the oven at 180 degrees and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, until the filling is just set. 
Cool for half an hour in the tin before removing from the tin and cooling completely.
Top with another handful of fresh huckleberries.
Serve as soon as possible with a spoonful of very softly whipped cream.

Additional notes:

  1. Don’t worry if your tart is not perfect. I’m becoming a big fan of the rustic edges that you can see here.
  2. When adding the filling, keep an eye on how close it is getting to the top of tart shell. Depending on the height of your shell and the exact amount of huckleberries you add (which is also fairly flexible) you may or may not need the entire filling. Just stop when you get close to the top.
  3. You can replace the huckleberries in this recipe with other berries if you can't find them. I personally think that a blueberry tart would be lovely.