Tart Treasures!

Tarts are some of my most favorite things to make. They require a lot of attention and a certain amount of artistic endeavor to boot. I especially love mini tarts; just large enough for two bites. Like these:

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Then, I put a layer of something on the bottom. This could be a custard, marshmallow fluff or in today's example, Nutella.

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Once I layer the bottom, I decorate the top with lots of fresh fruit.

So summery. So choice. So pretty. So fabulous.

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My second favorite size is about 4" in diameter. This is large enough to cut into four pieces which is more than enough for nights when my husband and I share dinner with my parents. I always make fresh whipped cream to go alongside and it's always divine.

The perfect summer dessert.

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Here they are all plated up. My favorite 'design' for the little guys requires 5 blueberries, one raspberry and a strawberry slice. They look so pretty and patriotic.

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My favorite tart recipe is from Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything. I have the iPhone app as well and it is absolutely worth the $3 price tag. It allows me to save recipes for the future and comes with a timer function which is useful.

Here are three tart tips:

  • Butter your tart tins like there's no tomorrow. Be generous.
  • Don't leave them in the oven too long--really pay attention as they're baking.
  • Don't make the layer under the fruit too thick. Whether you are using Nutella or something else, a too-thick layer can overwhelm the tart. Remember, a big part of why people like tarts is because of the crust.

Yum!