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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Trader Joe's Peaches & Cream Tarte

So..anyone have an interesting story or anecdote or joke or anything about a peach tart?

No?

Me neither.

So that makes the kickoff of this review of Trader Joe's Peaches & Cream Tarte a little more difficult and less fun...until the Internet came to the rescue, yet again.

Here I was, just brushing up on the differences between pies and tarts, when I came across this potentially interesting info burst: this tart (pardon moi, tarte) is really more a gallete than anything else.

Rounded, kinda non-defined in form, fruit filled with crust folding over a bit and baked on a sheet? Yes to all of the above. Call it what it is, TJ's - this is a gallete.

Aside from the inadvertant culinary education and cultural refinement, there's not much this peachy pie parodist really offers. I mean, it's okay and all. The crust seems the right amount of flaky and firm, the peaches won't be confused for picked fresh or canned, and the cream portion (if I can even call it that) is a bit underwhleming. Sandy actually wondered aloud about the last part - really, it's just a thin spread between the fruit and crust, and it can be easily overlooked.

The fruit filling borders on a bit too syrupy sweet, though. I've had this weird lingering aftertaste for the past while after having a slice, and it's not entirely pleasant. Maybe it'd be dissipated if served with a little vanilla ice cream or something.

But yeah, not that special, not that great. The TJ peach and cream tart cost about $5 and took half an hour in the oven to warm up, and for that, I'd say it's probably not worth it. I'd hate to ding too much, but I'm struggling of outright positive things to really say. Sandy can't muster any more than a middlin' three, and I feel compelled to be a little lower. I mean, if it can't even be called the right thing...

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Peaches & Cream Tarte: 5.5 out of 10 Golden Spoons 

5 comments:

  1. I wonder if this can be replicated at home easily with a pie crust sprinkled with sugar and then peach belleni jam layer with fresh sliced peaches. Minus the cream part. Unless you add pastry cream in there

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    1. Oh shoot that sounds awesome

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    2. Crazy easy with a good butter base store bought crust but you need something like almond flour under the fruit so it doesn’t get wet and soggy. I made this one before and it’s amazing, use whatever stone fruit
      https://smittenkitchen.com/2009/08/nectarine-galette/
      Ttrockwood

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  2. Definitely a galette and not a tart. Sounds too sweet just from the ingredients with the various sugar and sweetened condensed milk in there.
    With some simple ingredients-all of which can be bought at TJs- you could make your own much better version in just a little more time.
    Ttrockwood

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  3. I tried this as a sample on Sunday in-store, and absolutely love it! They served it with TJ's Super Premium Vanilla ice cream, and the combo was so superb I almost bought it. (And I don't usually buy the samples.) Wonder if my taste is different, or if it was just better when I only had one bite instead of a whole slice...

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