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“Please Die, Cupcakes,” Pleads Tarts Entrepreneur

March 2, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Could tarts give cupcakes and other bakery staples a run for their money? A baker obsessed with the treat believes it will.  Her new Washington, D.C., company Black Pearl Tarts is on a mission to “raise the profile” of tarts: “Please die, cupcakes,” says Christina Marie Chambers. “It’s time for tarts to rule.” The self-taught and admittedly passionate baker insists the tart is not really a small pie. The crusts, or shells, have a different consistency, more like cookies, thanks to room-temperature butter. In addition, tarts are not served in a pan. Chambers’ tarts are filled with a variety of sweet and savory flavors, including dried fruit and red wine compote with goat cheese, poached pears and winter spices, and smoked salmon with cream cheese.
Holley Simmons, "Why we’re suddenly craving tarts in a big way", The Washington Post, March 02, 2016, © The Washington Post
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