Tart Up for the Holidays

Do you dream of achieving pastry immortality?  Awaken your inner baker by entering Sofie’s Tarts’ first annual Holiday Tart Contest.  Submit a suggestion for a new tart flavor; the winner gets the tart named after him/her and all proceeds will be donated to the charity of your choice.  Enter here: for FaceBook page.  But hurry, the deadline is tomorrow, December 15.

The contest is the brainchild of Sofie’s Tarts founder Sonia Papamakariou, who launched her made-to-order French artisanal tart business in 2009.  It has since spread by word-of-mouth, and Sofie’s Tarts have been popping up at parties all over SOMA.

“I love making tarts,” said Papamakariou.  “They’re the adult version of a cupcake.”  Some of her best-sellers include White Chocolate Raspberry; Maple Pecan; and Fig, Caramelized Onion and Gorgonzola.

Like many successful bakers, Papamakariou came to her second career in a roundabout way.  Unhappy in the corporate world, she decided to pursue her dream of working in the food industry.  After attending the French Culinary Institute (she graduated in January) and stints in a couple of Parisian restaurant kitchens, she hit on the idea of selling tarts.

“I love the classic French tart,” she said.  “I wanted to perfect the recipe, and so I made them, incessantly!”  Judging by their popularity, it seems as though she’s nailed it.

Tarts are available in two sizes: classic 9-inch ($20) and minis ($24/dozen).  “The mini tarts are like bite-sized pieces of heaven,” said Papamakariou.  She also offers a sampler box – four varieties of 4-inch tartlettes for $25 – which makes a great gift.

Papamakariou lives in West Orange, but says she feels a special kinship with the Maplewood community: “I adore this town,” she says.  In fact, she dreams of opening a patisserie in the village (perhaps following in the footsteps of The Able Baker?)  One of her biggest local boosters is Nancy Quinn, owner of Village Belle clothing store.  “Her tarts are amazing,” said Quinn.  “They are completely authentic and delicious – my favorite is the Chocolate Salted Caramel, and I always order the minis for parties.”

Here’s my contest entry: Carolyn’s Bacon, Gruyere and Leek Tart.

Photos: Berry Tart, Sonia Papamakariou; Pear Tart, Claire Sinclair

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  1. I ordered Sonia’s amazing tarts for thanksgiving dessert (one apple and one pecan)and then the savory sampler for appetizers for the day after thinksgiving’s gathering as well as the bite size chocolate salted caramels for dessert that day. They were amazing – treats for the eyes as well as the tase buds. One was more mouth watering than the next. I will make up occassions to order the bite size chocolate salted caramels for!

    I like the sound of Carolyn’s ebtry above.

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