Thursday, December 27, 2007

Fruit Tarts II

I used to sell my bake goods back in Malaysia and one of the most requested items is fruit tarts. There are times when I have ordered over 100 pieces at a time and my sisters and Diana have to come to my apartment to help me with it. Making small individual fruit tarts is a lot of works and very tedious jobs but I consider all the effort totally worth it especially seeing people enjoying it. Fruits tarts are one of our family favourite desserts too.

I learned making these tarts from my baking teacher Shanti many years ago. This recipe is a bit different. Instead of using rubbing method for the dough it used the creaming method like cookies dough. The dough is easy to handle and you just have to press it into the little tart shells or large tart pan.

Overall the crust is buttery, slightly sweet and crispy almost like a cookie. This is good because is sturdy enough to hold the pastry cream and fruits without getting soggy.

Ingredients for tart shell

2 stick (1 cup of butter)
2 1/2 cups of flour
1/4 cup of sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of vanilla
2 tbsp of cold water (optional)

In a mixer cream butter, sugar until creamy. Add in egg yolk, vanilla and salt. Mixed till well combined. On low speed add in flour to form into a dough. If the dough is too dry add some cold water.

Pinch some dough and press into the little tarts mould. Prick the tart shells all over with a fork and bake in a pre-heated 350 F oven for 20-25 min or until lightly brown. Cool the shells before filling it up with custard cream and fruits.

Ingredients for Custard Cream

6 eggs yolk
3/4 cups of sugar
3 tbsp of custard powder
2 1/2 cups of milk
2 tbsp of butter
1 tsp of lemon zest

Mix all the above ingredients except for butter in a mixing bowl. Pour mixture into a heavy saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thicken and bubbly.
Remove from heat and stir in the butter. Place a plastic directly over the custard and chill before using it on the tarts.
To assemble the tarts

Some fresh fruits - cut small
Custard cream

For Glaze :

3 tbsp apricot jam
4 tbsp of hot water

Put some custard cream into the shells and top it with some fresh fruits.
Mix the jam and hot water and then brush it over the fruits.

Note : You might not need to use the cold water for the pastry. If the pastry is too soft chill it in the refrigerator for an hour before using it. You can make this into a large tart rather than small ones.


ummi said...

I love fruit tarts. Must try this.

Cat Cat said...

Apricot jam tu kira give a shinny look to the fruit lah gitu ya...??? No wonder all the fruit tart that sold in bakery store, semuanya look shinny & sedap... YUM YUM...

I Cook4Fun said...

Ummi, me too :)

Cat, yea the apricot glaze is to make the fruits shinny :)

beachlover said...

Gert,your fruit tart really look good and pro!! sell tart in KL? wonder la..When I see the recipe,I sudah kalam kabut!! hahaha!!You really have the skill and creavity to make these beautiful tart look special!!..*salut salut*

Sue Sue said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. Wah i think it will be quite tedious to do the cute and small pastry cup leh.

Big Boys Oven said...

so so nice and lovely and so colorful!

Rita Ho said...

I think you should selling your baked goods here as well, Gert. Seriously. :) Start with your neighborhood or circle of friends, then approach bakery outlets. It will be fun especially since you love to bake.

I Cook4Fun said...

Beachlover, I used to sell my bake goods in KL especially during Christmas and CNY :) Actually the recipe is not difficult :)

Sue, you can make this into a big tarts. Making it small is easier to eat. Each person can take one and don't have to cut it :)

BBO, thank you.

Rita, with so many bakery here is hard to sell and I don't have many friends here and most of them can bake :) You want to be my first customer :)

Jun :) said...

Gert, very nice looking tart..x pernah buat ni..nnti i nak try..baru lepas masak u punyer brownies...esok baru post la..very yummy! tq...

I Cook4Fun said...

Jun, thank you. Glad that you like the brownies :)

MamaFaMi said...

Your fruit tarts looks so colorful yummy!!!

I Cook4Fun said...

mamafami, is such an honour to have you coming to my blog. I have a lot to learn from you.

candy said...

Hi,I just found your blog yesterday, and I cant wait to try out all the recipes!!!!! thank you so much for sharing these yummy recipes!!!! The thing is I dont have an oven right now, can i use an ovenette instead to bake the tart shell?? :)

ICook4Fun said...

Candy, I never bake using an ovenette before so I can't advise you on it. Sorry about that but you can make a small batch and bake in it and see what happen.

Anonymous said...

Hi, may I know how many tarts can be made from this recipe?

Anonymous said...

I have your tried recipe. The combination betweem the pastry and the custard are so well done. I like the tangy taste of the custard. But i have problem with the pastry. I'm not sure whether i had overmix it or not. Because when i remove the tart shells from the mould, some of it break easily. Do you know whats wrong?