Mini Fruit Tarts Recipe

Monday, September 19, 2016

Today I'm sharing my recipe for these delicious mini graham cracker crust fruit tarts! I love fruit tarts and have made them many times but I wanted to try something a little different, so I experimented with making them the most delicious I could. Fruit tarts normally have a pastry dough crust but I decided to use a graham cracker crust because it just gives it that much more flavor. I also added a thin layer of chocolate between the pastry cream and the crust. I hope you guys enjoy these little bites of yumminess as much as I do.

Mini Graham Cracker Fruit Tarts Recipe:

Makes about 12 servings


Graham Cracker Crust:
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
Directions:
Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.
Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until blended . Press mixture into the bottom of each tin of the cupcake pan, filling about 1/3 full.
Bake for 5 Minutes then let cool and remove from tins.

Pastry Cream:
(Pastry Cream recipe from www.thekitchn.com)
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions:
  1. Warm the milk: Warm the milk in the saucepan until you start to see wisps of steam. It should not actually be boiling.
  2. Make the egg-sugar base: In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, and salt. Add the egg yolks and whisk them into the dry ingredients. This will form a thick paste. It's fine if the paste looks crumbly or smooth; the important thing is that the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  3. Add the milk to the egg mixture: Pour a little of the hot milk into the eggs and whisk to combine. Continue pouring the milk slowly into the eggs, whisking continuously. It's OK to switch back and forth between pouring milk and whisking if you can't manage both at the same time.
  4. Pour everything back in the pan: When all the milk has been added to the eggs, pour everything back into the saucepan. Set a strainer over a bowl and place this near the stove.
  5. Heat the pastry cream: Set the pan back over medium heat. Whisk constantly. At first, the pastry cream will look very thin and frothy, but it will start to thicken after a few minutes. When it has thickened to a pudding-like consistency, pause whisking every few seconds to see if the cream has come to a boil. If you see large bubbles popping on the surface, whisk for a few more seconds and then remove the pan from heat.
  6. Strain and cool the pastry cream: Stir the vanilla into the pastry cream and then pour the cream into the strainer set over the bowl. Stir to push it through the strainer. This will catch any bits of cooked egg that may be in your pastry cream.
  7. Cover and store: Cover the pastry cream with a piece of plastic wrap pressed right up against the surface of the cream and chill completely.
Fruit, Chocolate and Glaze:
Ingredients:
  • 6-8 strawberries
  • a dozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips melted in 30 sec increments in microwave for 2 min total, stirring in between 
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves (Heated in microwave of a stove with a splash of water added until consistency is thin enough to brush on top of tarts)
Assembly Directions:
Spread a thin layer of the chocolate across the top of each mini crust then dollop pastry cream on top of each mini crust.
Slice strawberries and place 2-3 slices on top of each tart and 2-3 blueberries on each tart. Then use a brush to brush the apricot glaze across the fruit of each tart.




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  1. Yummie... thanks for sharing....
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