Friday, October 19, 2012

fruit tartlets

The Ramblin' Rose Women's Half Marathon is this weekend.  I ran this race last year - it was my first half marathon ever, and it was so fun (although the second half is hilly).  I'm not running it this year, but I wanted to give a shout out to anyone who is - good luck!  A special good luck shout out to Sarah - this will be her first half marathon since she became a mom!  Sarah - have fun running through our city, and good luck with those hills!  Everyone else, go wish her good luck on her blog (and enjoy the intense cuteness that is baby A)!

So, I think this blog is getting on a dessert kick.  Sorry I'm not sorry.  I lost a bet recently, and I had to make dessert for a friend, so now you get to read all about it.  I turned to my trusty Best Loved Desserts cookbook and decided to try something new and different: fruit tartlets!

This was by far the most complicated thing I have ever made.  It took two days, haha. Day 1: First, I made dough from scratch.
 Which then had to be refrigerated.  I also made lemon custard.
Which also had to be chilled.  And by the way was so delicious - it tasted just like a lemon bar.  I had a lot leftover.  I still don't know what to do with leftover lemon custard.  Any ideas???  I probably will have to just throw it out soon.  Anyway... Fast forward to day two, and it was time to roll out the dough and make the tartlets.
Basically, I rolled the dough and cut it up into 24 pieces, and then smushed it into the mini cupcake pan.  I also used a fork to poke several holes in each mini tartlet before baking them.  Then, I let them cool thoroughly....
Next up, I put a spoonful of lemon custard in each tartlet.
Finally, top with berries....
Yum!  These were really, really good.  Like, Allison, Scott and I devoured all 24 in one sitting while watching New Girl good.  I think I baked the dough just a bit too long, and the tartlets were not shaped as nicely as I would have liked, but the custard was delicious, and fresh berries are fantastic.  Scott isn't a big dessert person, so the fact that he ate nearly a dozen of these is a testament to the success of the tartlets.  
Definitely not the EASIEST thing I've ever made, but, it wasn't terrible.  I'd definitely make these again for a special occasion.

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