A picnic under the macadamia trees (and Ivy’s fruit tart recipe)









Ivy has been on a fruit tart baking spree since last July when we spent time with friends in Provence. She has come a long way since those early days of crumbly, dry pie crusts and I’d even say she has perfected the recipe.

Every time we go to the farmers markets, she asks if we can buy fruit to make a tart. With stone fruit being in season right now, we’re buying and eating lots of peaches, plums and apricots, and there are certainly no complaints in this family when there is a fresh fruit tart to eat for dessert!

A couple weeks ago we planned an afternoon picnic with Yoli & Otis (for a feature on their journal) and Ivy asked if she could bake a tart to bring along. A wonderful idea! This time I paid attention while she baked and took notes of the ingredients so I could share the recipe:


Ingredients for pie dough:
-2 cups flour
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 tsp sugar
-1/2 cup (115 grams) of butter, cut into small pieces
-4 to 6 tablespoons of cold water

Ingredients for topping:
-good quality fruit jam
-sliced fruit and berries (sometimes Ivy likes to sprinkle the fruit with sugar, depending on how ripe and sweet the fruit is)

Cut the butter into the flour/salt/sugar mixture and, using your hands, blend the mixture until you have a crumbly texture and the butter is evenly distributed. Add water until you have a dough that can be rolled into a ball. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough on a floured surface until it’s large enough for your dish (and about 1 cm thick). Spread into a buttered dish.  Gently spread a layer of fruit jam onto the dough and then put fruit on top (this is the fun part that Ivy always enjoys the most!).  Bake for about 25 minutes (at 350°F/ 175°C) or until the pie crust is just starting to darken.


All the photos above were taken by our friend Madeline Johnson, and all the clothing is from Yoli & Otis

11 thoughts on “A picnic under the macadamia trees (and Ivy’s fruit tart recipe)

  1. sweet! i’ll share this with Amalya, i bet she’ll try to do that tart too although we might miss a few ingredients:) say hello to Ivy from her! and I will also show the photo of Easton coming back with his surf, marcelo will be jealous:) it’s his birthday on Tuesday, i cannot believe it! this is him surfing in chile his (i wonder if its true… i was not looking at that moment) 2m wave!

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  2. I found this brand, via babyccino, and bought my girls a couple of holiday dresses. We have worn them in the Texas heat, and now winter. Someone mentioned in your previous post, a tidbit about consumerism ; I could not disagree more! Your shopping portal has spurred us to be more intentional with what I purchase for the children, quality over quantity. Great job!

  3. Stunning! I really, really love following you along as you live abroad. Thanks for sharing on the blog still from Australia! And such lovely styling, as well. Happy weekend!

  4. What a beautiful tart Ivy made! My daughters love baking, but my oldest daughter the most–she wants to do the whole thing from beginning to end. You look beautiful, Courtney! That bump is jump so cute.

  5. Totally unrelated to this post but I remember a while ago either on here, babyccino or instagram you had a post about travel essentials and in particular a laundry spray you found mid way through world travels. Do you mind sharing again what it is? Thank you, Phoebe. P.S Love all your posts and your lovely little family!

  6. I’d love to know where I can go fruit picking like this in Northern NSW – Please don’t tell me it was a private farm?? I haven’t been able to find many places around that I can take my children fruit picking (besides strawberries) and I would really love to do more of this with them. Hope you can share 🙂

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