Grow your own tartlets!
Delicious little tarts made from Summer Fruits
No matter how big or small your house (or apartment), there is always room for a few strawberry plants on the window sill or corner of the garden. Just a large handful is all that’s needed as the main fruit ingredient for these scrummy fruity tarts. Perhaps you have a neighbour or friend that can spare you a few raspberries and apples and you are ready to go. You could even wait until Autumn and pick some blackberries for FREE. Here goes for the fun bit:
What you need to make approximately 12 tarts:
2 small apples (any variety will work)
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice
Vegetable oil (for brushing the tin)
250g Shortcrust pasty (if you are feeling keen you can make this yourself, if not the supermarkets all sell very good pre-made pastry that you can keep in the freezer and defrost the day before you need it)
What you need to do:
- Prepare the fruits to make the inside of the tarts. Peel and chop the apples into small chuncks; wash the berries and chop any large ones in half; place them all in a pan with the lemon juice, honey and spices and simmer on a low heat
- After approximately 10-15 minutes, you should have a sweet, slightly syrupy confection. Take off the heat and allow to cool (it will become more sticky as it cools so don’t over cook it)
- Set the oven to 190C/gas mark 5. Using the vegetable oil, lightly brush a 12-hole cupcake or muffin tin.
- Prepare a flat work surface for the pastry by sprinkling a little flour and then roll out the pastry to about 2-3 millimetres thick. Cut out 12 discs using a large pastry cutter and line the holes in the tin in a very irregular fashion (see images)
- Brush with a little bit of egg white and spoon the fruit mixture into each pastry case
- Bake for 20 minutes and serve with either a dollop of clotted cream or vanilla ice cream
Party tip: To save time on the day of the party make these fruit tarts in advance by slightly under cooking them initially, allow to cool, place in a freezer bag and freeze . Defrost fully the day before, place back in the lightly greased cupcake tin and finish cooking the tarts, ready to eat.
The Summer Fruits disposable party tableware collection (shown in the images) can be found here
Other party food ideas can be found here on the Fabulous Partyware Blog
Please let us know if you have any party food ideas or recipes to share, we’d love to add them to our blog for other customers to use.