Fresh fruit tarts - beautiful, right? Too hard to make? - not really.
Homemade fruit tarts look extravagant but they really aren't all that complicated. It's three easy steps really - make the crust, make the pastry cream and then pile on the fruit. No problem - right? What's even better is that the crust and the cream can be made in advance and then assembled just before serving.
There seems to be a wide range of recipes for crusts and fillings. Everything from phyllo dough and refrigerated pie crust to whipped cream and lemon curd fulling. I ended up pulling my recipe together from 2 different sources. The crust came from sfgate.com and the filling recipe came from recipe.com. As for the fruit - well, that came from Kroger.
The Sweet Caillat CrustMakes 4 mini single layer tart crusts or 1 large crust
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons water
- -- Pinch salt
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons sugar
With a wooden spoon, add 1 cup of the flour and all the sugar to the butter mixture; beat together, slowly adding more flour until the mixture forms a ball, then add more flour until the mixture doesn't stick to the sides of bowl or pan.
Press dough into mini tart pans with a removable bottoms.
Bake 10-15 minutes, or until crust is golden; watch the edges so that they do not burn.
1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 egg yolks
Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan. Whisk in half and half.
Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Let boil for 1 minute.
Stir half of mixture into egg yolks.
Return mixture to saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes until thickened.
Pour mixture through a strainer into a bowl.
Set bowl in an ice bath to chill for 5 minutes.
Place plastic wrap on surface of cream and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
Cut up some fresh fruit to adorn your tarts.
I used fresh strawberries,
Now you're ready to assemble. Fill each tart crust with pastry cream and then pile on the fruit.
Yes, I know, I overdid it on the pictures. I just couldn't stop myself. These were too pretty. (I am so ready for summer fruit - I can taste it.)