Mini tarts/ Fruit and nut tartlets

Sweet jewel tarts!

Berry tartWhat can you make for a quick dessert? This is a question I ask myself many times. I decided to have some easy ideas so next time I need not scramble, search and struggle to get it done. This is more of an assembly dessert than really making from scratches.

I have this habit of stocking my freezer with phylo pastry, tart shells, some cookie dough and puff pastry dough for a rainy day. My husband detests this and says that I should buy them when I plan to make something. But we never  know when the urge to bake strikes! It may not be on the most beautiful day but on a depressing day when you don’t want to go out. He complains that it is difficult to take anything out of the freezer and calls the entire refrigerator, a museum. I secretly do fungi-culture there, not out of want but due to mere negligence. He will eventually, discover it before it matures to spore production and put it out for my viewing pleasure. It occasionally/inevitably takes me on a guilt trip and I try to scrub and clean the refrigerator. Before long, there will be a forgotten lump of some old stuff in a god forsaken, dingy corner silently molding. Happens…you see!

Freezers are different. Whatever goes there stays in extreme bliss! They attains a state of perfect peace until I disturb.

Okay, my stored frozen pastry got a new lease of life when I had some friends coming home, the other day. I wanted to make something that will not steal much of my time. Thus, this dessert in tiny tart shells were born.

First check your freezer for tart shells. If you have some, then breath a sigh of relief and get the other ingredients out. If you have whipped cream you are good to go or pick that from a shop nearby.

I made half of them with a honey filling similar to baklava filling and the rest with a berry compote. Man, it was sweet! The fruits and nuts glisten in the glaze like shiny little jewels!

Tart shells

  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Place mini tart shells on a baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
  • Cool with the aluminum foil.

While the shells are baking we can prepare the filling. First make the whipping cream.

Whipping cream

Take one cup heaving whipping cream and add 2 tablespoon sugar. In a stainless steel bowl whisk using an egg beater until  stiff peaks form. Keep it in the refrigerator. Store unused portion in a closed container and use it on waffles, pancakes…ah, anything! But think twice before you spoon it straight into the mouth like my son does.

Now get the fillings ready.

Ingredients – Honey, fruit and nut filling

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • handful pistachio shelled and crushed
  • 4-5 almonds crushed
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 3 minced dates
  • pinch of saffron
  • pinch of cardamom
  1. Dilute honey with a tbsp water and simmer it on low heat.
  2. Add saffron and cardamom.
  3. Add shelled nuts, dates and orange zest.
  4. Remove from stove and cool it.

Fruit and nut tartI patiently shelled some pistachio and had stored it in a in a jar to snack without any hassle. It was handy and saved time considerably.

Assemble a few tartlets with a dollop of whipped cream followed by a spoonful of the fruit and nut mixture.

Ingredients -Berry compote

  • 1 cup frozen berries (strawberry, raspberry and blueberry)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  1. Cook berries with sugar until they macerate. (Maceration is a culinary term for softening and separating water from fruits. Sugar maceration draws water out of the berries and they gel into a jam consistency.)
  2. Cool until ready to use.

TartSpoon some whipped cream in the remain tartlets and top them with berry compote. Any left over compote can be used like jam.

Mini tartsEat them immediately or let them chill out in the refrigerator so the juice lightly soaks the tart shells. These are definitely high calorie treats, so handle them with caution and stop with just one.

These tarts were made by noon and eaten at night. The shells retained their crunch and the nutty, creamy center was a sweet contrast. Everyone who tasted it had a flattering remark in praise of it.

 

 

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22 Responses to Mini tarts/ Fruit and nut tartlets

  1. These are so beautifully done! I can see why you call them Jewel Tarts.

    I see that when it rains, it pours. 😀 😀

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  2. Malar says:

    Wow, they look awesome!!!

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  3. Balvinder says:

    Love these tarts all my favorite things in it -fruit nuts whipping cream!

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  4. Perfect little darlings ☺️

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  5. Lori says:

    These are so gorgeous! Wish I could taste one!

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  6. Wow you are amazing me with your delicious and visual treats.
    I wanted to get in touch with you Sridevi. Can you share me a mail Id in which I can reach you or pls reach me traditionallymoderncook@gmail.com

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  7. Loretta says:

    Wow Sridevi, I love these gorgeous tarts – does the pastry come frozen that way? What a beautiful visual treat, love all the fruit and nuts in the tart.

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  8. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you, Loretta! Yes, we can buy these tart pastry in aluminum cups. it is very convenient.

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  9. Padma says:

    Very well crafted tarts:)…How could anyone say no to them:)…Loved it dear:)

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  10. They look absolutely tartilicious! Love the pattern on the ridge 🙂

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  11. Georgina says:

    These look so pretty! And I’m sure that they tasted great, too.

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  12. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you very much, Georgina! It was very satisfying and delightful.

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  13. chefceaser says:

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

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