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Shortbread mini fruit tarts January 5, 2012

Filed under: Random Recipes — jkomal @ 6:31 pm
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I’ve always loved fruit tarts and wanted to try my hands on it for a very long time. But I never got the time or was reluctant to try making some. But this Christmas, I just went ahead and baked some. I followed the recipe posted in joyofbaking.com, but made a few modifications here and there. They turned out heaven-licious.

fruit tart

For the Shortbread Tarts:

1 cup of salted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour/maida
3 tablespoons corn flour

Method

  • Grease your muffin trays and keep it aside.
  • In a bowl beat the butter and sugar till it forms a smooth mixture. You can use a hand mixer or an electric mixer.
  • Once it is smooth, add in the vanilla extract, flour and cornstarch (sieved flour and cornstarch). Mix till the mixture just comes together. When you can see pea size morsels just stop mixing. With the help of your hands get the dough together, wrap it in cling film and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Now make small balls of the dough and place it in the muffin tin. Press the dough with the help of your fingers to cover the entire area of the individual cup of the muffin tin. Then cover it with cling and refrigerate for about 30 min.
  • In the meanwhile preheat your over/convection microwave to 170 degrees.
  • Now place the tin in the oven and bake for about 20 min. In between check to see if the tarts puff up, if they do just prick them with a fork.
  • Once baked let it cool and remove the tarts.
  • You can refrigerate or freeze these tarts and use it when needed.

Cream Cheese Filling:

200 grams of full fat cream cheese
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
Zest of one lemon
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

With the help of your hand/electric mixer, beat the cream cheese till it smooth and creamy. Now add the remaining ingredients and beat till smooth. Store it in the refrigerator for at least 8 hrs before serving. This filling can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week.

Before serving,

Get the cream to room temperature. now fill the tarts with the cream filling. Then place fruits of your choice and serve. You could use all kinds of berries, kiwi and peach 😀

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