Saturday, May 15, 2010

Summer Fruit Tarts

This is perfect for the summer, with all fresh fruit. It has a nice crisp tart shell filled with fresh creamy pastry cream and just some summer fruits on top. I'm always getting requests from the guys at my dads work and this was one of the things I got a request for and it turned out perfectly.
Tart Dough:
6 tbs.unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 C confectioners sugar
2 lrge eggs
1 1/2 C A.P flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons heavy cream
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter and confectioners sugar. Mix on low speed until combined, about 2 minutes.
Add egg yolks, and mix until incorporated, about 1 minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add 3/4 C flour, and mix on low speed until flour is incorporated, about 30 seconds. Add remaining 3/4 C flour along with salt and cream and mix just until flour is no longer visible, about 1 minute.
Turn out dough onto a piece of plastic wrap, and shape into a flattened disk. Wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. Turn oven on to 350 degrees. Then roll out to proper dimension for whatever size tart pan your using. Put in tart pan put baking beans in it and bake for 15 minutes until crisp and take out and let cool.

Pastry Cream:
2 C whole milk
1/2 c sugar
1 tbs. vanilla
pinch of salt
4 lrge egg yolks
1/4 c cornstarch
2 tbs butter, cut into pieces
In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, 1/4 C sugar,vanilla and salt. Cook over medium high heat until mixture comes to a simmer. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, cornstarch, and remaining 1/4 C sugar. Whisking constantly, slowly pour out 1/2 C hot milk mixture into egg yolk mixture. continue adding milk mixture, 1/2 c at a time until it has been incorporated. pour mixture back into saucepan and cook over medium high heat whisking constantly, until it thickens about 2 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment and beat in the cubes of butter for about 5 minutes. Place plastic wrap directly on top so skin doesn't form and put in the fridge for 2 hours.
Once everything is cooked and cooled assemble, put any favorite fruits on top.


  1. I love that first picture! The tarts look great for summer, especially with the hot weather we are getting.

  2. Your tarts look so delicious. We are starting to get fresh berries in our markets. Soon we'll be able to gather them from the fields. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  3. That looks so tasty. I have yet to try making a tart, but this one is a definite possibility.

  4. Oh my, these look so gorgeous! Love all the fresh fruits. Truly tempting! Hope you'll have a fabulous day!
    Regards, Kristy
    p/s Love all the cookie bars and desserts you made! Absolutley mouthwatering!

  5. That *does* look so perfect for warm weather! Thanks so much for linking up!