One of my favorite citrus fruits is mandarin orange. They are so popular during Lunar New Year celebration that bring luck and wealth. Since I have them in stock, decided to bake this Mandarin Orange Crostata or free form tart.
If you find baking a tart a little intimidating, you can check my tips here. .
First of all, prepare the crust as per the recipe below. While waiting for the crust to be chilled, peel the mandarin oranges, remove the white thread on the outer segment. Using a sharp knife, cut crosswise into 1/4 in thick slices. Remove the seeds, carefully transfer onto a plate, sprinkle with some sugar. Refrigerate.
After rolling and filling, you suppose to brush the mandarin orange with apricot preserves but omit this step since I don't have it. Alternately, just sprinkle more sugar over the mandarin orange just before baking.
You can always buy a ready made pie crust but nothing beats a homemade one!