My favorite fruit tarts are from Porto’s Bakery in Glendale, Los Angeles. I used to go there during my lunch time to pick up an 11″ fruit tart for my husband’s birthday. With traffic, it sometimes took me more than an hour to go back to work. Dealing with traffic and long queue, it was still worth my time until I spot a recipe online. I made these bite-size fruit tarts when families gathered to celebrate mother’s day. It was a big hit. I highly recommend this recipe — easy and delicious! Recipe adaped from “Salad in a Jar“.
|All purpose flour
Butter (1 stick), chilled
a tiny pinch
|Milk (could be a combination of milk and cream)
- Combine flour, sugar and salt in food processor. Cut butter into small cubes and add to flour, pulsing several times until mixture resembles oatmeal. Add whisked whole egg and pulse until all ingredients are moistened but not yet a solid ball. Lightly press into a ball, wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes. If dough in food processor seems too dry to press into a ball, add a teaspoon or two of milk.
- Pull off small amount of dough and press into molds with fingers being careful to keep thickness consistent. Use a knife to trim off any extra at the top. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.
- Place frozen tart shells on cookie sheet and cook at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Watch carefully as the time can vary according to the thickness of the crust.
- Add milk, sugar, cornstarch, salt, and egg yolks, (in that order) to blender. Blend 5 seconds and pour into 2-quart glass microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 6 minutes on HIGH, whisking until smooth after 3 minutes, then every minute thereafter.
- Add butter and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and let it cool.
- If you do not want to use a microwave, after blending everything, pour into a pot and cook over medium heat on the stovetop, bring to a boil until mixture starts to get thicker. Add butter and vanilla and mix well. Remove from heat and let it cool.
- Fill each baked tart shell with cream filling. Top with fruits of your choice. Melt 1/4 cup currant jelly and use a brush to dab some shininess on each piece of fruit.
Crust can be made ahead of time and put in an air tight container. Assembling your fruit tarts a couple hours before the party.
- Fruit Tart – Tarte aux Fruit (dessertcrisis.wordpress.com)