We’re still making fruit desserts. My mind hasn’t adjusted to “back to school” and no more lazy mornings sleeping in. The 6 AM lunch and breakfast prepping is back. The day starts in a mad rush and finishes with us all crashing in exhaustion. I need to find a day to look through some things we baked this summer and share them with you! It was all delicious.
Mini Mango-Strawberry Tarts
slightly adjusted from Food and Wine magazine
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup ice water
approximately 4 tablespoons strawberry jam or preserves
1/2 mango, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise 1/16 inch thick
1 small banana, sliced
8 medium strawberries, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Sugar, for sprinkling
Crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream, for serving
Pastry: In a food processor, pulse the flour and salt. Add the butter and pulse until it is the size of small peas. Sprinkle the ice water over the mixture and pulse until the pastry starts to come together. Transfer the pastry to a work surface and knead gently a few times until thoroughly blended. Divide the tart in half and flatten into disks. Wrap the pastry in plastic and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out 1 of the pastry disks 1/8 inch thick. Using a 5-inch plate as a guide, cut out 4 rounds and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the second pastry disk. Refrigerate the rounds until firm, about 10 minutes.
Filling: In the center of the tarts, spread out about 1 tablepoon of the strawberry jam. Spread out on top of the jam the mango, banana slices and a few strawberry slices on top. Bring the pastry edges up and around the fruit, pinching firmly to form a pleated rim on each tart. Refrigerate the tarts until firm, 10 minutes.
Brush the tarts with the melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 35 minutes, until the pastry is browned and the fruit is bubbling. Let the tarts cool on a rack. Serve warm or at room temperature with crème fraîche.
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