French cuisine consists of cooking traditions and practices from France. At one time French cuisine was heavily influenced by Italian cuisine. It was in the 17th century that some chefs led a movement that developed France’s own indigenous style by shifting it away from its foreign influences. Cheese and wine are a major part of the cuisine, playing different roles regionally and nationally, with many variations.
French cuisine was codified in the 20th century as the modern haute cuisine. Knowledge of French cooking has contributed significantly to Western cuisines and its criteria are used widely in Western cookery school boards and culinary education.
French regional cuisine is characterized by its extreme diversity and style. Traditionally, each region of France has its own distinctive cuisine.
To make short crust pastry, put refined flour in a bowl, add butter and mix well till a grainy texture is formed. Add sugar and salt and mix well. Add egg yolk and 2-3 tbsps water mix well and knead into a soft dough.
Roll out the dough into thick disc and line individual tart moulds with it evenly.Prick them with a fork.
Bake the tarts in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool down to room temperature.
To make strawberry cheese mixture, heat strawberry crush in a non-stick pan, add strawberries and mix well. Cook till the mixture becomes soft.
Put cream cheese in a bowl and whisk well. Add castor sugar and whisk well.
Add lemon juice to the pan and mix well. Cook till the mixture thickens. Add gelatin and mix well. Transfer the mixture to another bowl and mix well. Keep the bowl in the refrigerator till chilled. Add this mixture to the cream cheese mixture and mix well. Add whipped cream and whisk well till light and fluffy.
Put the strawberry-cheese mixture into a piping bag and pipe out rosettes into the tartshells. Drizzle strawberry crush on each and keep them in the refrigerator till set.
Arrange the strawberry cheese tarts on a serving plate and serve chilled.
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