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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Strawberry Tarts....


Reposted from a previous blog of mine.
With the berry season on at full blast, whenever you visit a store or a super market there are boxes of fresh berries on deals. We have been having our fill of berries-- strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries. Even though I love my berries, just eating them as fruits is getting a tad boring. To bring back the zing into my berries, I wanted to make an easy desert with one of them.  I have never made any desert with any of these berries so it was time to try something new. A quick research threw up thousands of possibilities, it was mind-boggling. Some recipes were easy, some pretty complicated, they all looked great  yet did not feel like trying any of them.
Until recently, while enjoying a strawberry tart, I was so in love with the crunchy shell, the soft creamy filling and the tangy strawberries, I felt I had to try this one at home. As usual a huge plethora of recipes came up. But hey it is summertime and I did not want to slave in the kitchen. I wanted a quick recipe, hopefully without much cooking. Eventually found one on the YouTube, cut it short further, tweaked it a little and 
cooked
assembled the easiest yet lovely strawberry tarts! (I am sorry, I cannot find the youtube link any more, will post it once I can trace it.) Now it has become a regular in our menu!
Ingredients:
1. Tart Shells (you can bake yours, there are loads of recipes out there. I bought ready-to-eat 8 shells from a bakery)
2. 300 gm of organic strawberries (roughly one box in any grocery store)
3.  250 gm of mascarpone cheese (generally one small tub that is sold in the grocery stores)
4. 2 to 3 table-spoon of white sugar
5. 1 table-spoon of vanilla extract
6. A tiny pinch of cinnamon powder
7. Red current jelly
8. Icing sugar/ mint leaves/ almond slivers/ cinnamon powder to garnish
Difficulty level: Easy
Preparation time: 20 mins at the max
Preparation method:
Chop the strawberries into two or four pieces (depending on the size of the berries) and set them aside. Arrange the tart shells on a serving tray. In a mixing bowl add the mascarpone cheese, the sugar, the vanilla extract and a pinch of cinnamon powder. Mix this well, till the mixture takes on a consistency of cream. Fill in the tart shells with two table spoons of the filling, spread it evenly with the back of your spoon. Then arrange the strawberries on top of the filling. In a pan, put in 4 spoonful of red currant jam and 2 table spoons of water, bring it to a boil and mix it thoroughly. Let the mixture cool down, with a paintbrush glaze the strawberries.  Once glazing is done, dust in some icing sugar and little cinnamon powder. You can also use mint leaves and almond slivers to decorate.
VoilĂ  your tart is ready. Either serve this instantly or keep it in the fridge till your guests arrive. Goes really well with chilled white wine!

2 comments:

  1. This looks cool, ideal for parties, very delicious..

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  2. Just served these to some friends..it was a great hit!

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