Sunday, 11 June 2006

Weekend Baking Session # 16

Today I had some guests for high tea. I made an array of goodies. One of them is something that I had wanted to make for a long time. Finally, found the right time. Here it is.....

Cherry Tartlets

What do we need:

Short Crust Pastry
1 cup flour
1/4 cup butter
1 egg yolk
A pinch of salt

Filling
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp custard powder
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

Topping
1 can cherry compote
1 tsp corn flour
1 tbsp water

1 tbsp cherry preserve

How do we do it:

Grate cold butter into the flour. Add salt. Rub lightly with fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk. Knead very lightly to form smooth pastry. Wrap with a cling film and chill the pastry in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Divide the pastry dough into 8 portions. Press each portion evenly into greased tart mould. Trim edges to remove excess pastry. Prick base of each tart with a fork. Cover and chill again for about 15 minutes. Then, blind bake the pasty cases in a preheated oven at 200º C for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and place the tartlets on a wire rack to cool.

Combine all the filling ingredients together in a heavy bottomed pan. Whick contantly until the mixture thickens. Let the filling to cool completely.

Simmer the cherries together with the syrup. When the syrup reduces to half, stir in the corn flour mixed with water. Stir briskly until the mixture thickens. Set aside to cool completely.

To assemble, lightly spread the cherry preserve in the pastry shells. then, fill with a tablespoon of the filling. Finally, top with the cherries.




24 comments:

kanda said...

again the same paper cups....heehee

jenjen said...

wow they look so cute and yummy!

Sumitha said...

Looks colourful and yummy!

BoZo said...

Aiyo yo yo Pus, make me drool..love thos custard fillings!

Anonymous said...

All i can say is WOW!!! so perfect!
paati

shilpa said...

They are so cute :)..perfect...

Vien said...

pushpha, can i use fresh cherries instead? 'Tis the season of cherry. :)

Vineela said...

Hi Pushpa,
Yummy.
thanks for the recipe.
Vineela

Puspha said...

Kanda~ Dei!!! Y u always c the papercups only ah?? Don't u wanna look at the watz inside the cups, for once?

Jenjen~ thank u & welcome to the blog. Hey, u have a wonderful blog.

Sumitha, sharon, Paati, Shilpa, Vineela~ Thank u very much.

Vien~ Yes, of course u can but then u'll have to spend extra time cooking it. The cherries would taste good when they r really soft, like in the pic.

fooDcrazEE said...

OMG....havent been in and I still marvel at ur culinary skill and all those marvellous drooling effect picture....

Krithika said...

They look so good. Never tried tartlets before. Your recipe looks good

Gini said...

They look really good. Doesn't seem like a whole lot of work from the recipe but the results are very impressive.

Lera said...

The tarts photographs just make them look even more delicious . Just can't resist them.....:)

Linda said...

Hi Pushpa, thanks for visiting my blog. Your weekend baking sessions look wonderful! Many things even a timid baker like me might try. It all sounds delicious, but first on the list for me must be blueberry cake... :)

Best wishes to you.

Revathi said...

Hi Pushpa
Tagged u for a meme.
http://en-ulagam.blogspot.com/2006/06/10-things-i-miss-of-moms-cooking.html

Cheers
Revathi

Puspha said...

Mike~ Thank u very much uncle.

Krithika~ Give it a try & let me know the outcome.

Gini~ Thank u. It really is so easy & fast to prepare.

Lera~ Thank u very much. Please let me know how u like the cake.

Revathi~ Thanks for tagging me but then, 10 is quite a lot for me. Anyway, I'll try my best to do it.

LiTtLeWoMaN said...

Aiyoh.... how come you never tried any of your cooking and baking talent the time you still in Malaysia??? Lucky BIL & Isha :)

sudhav said...

pushpa, the tarts looks yummy..must try it soon for my little one..thank you so much for sharing ..

archana said...

Very good looking tarts, nice photos

Vaishali said...

Pushpa,
Your new profile photo is wonderful. The Patronas Towers look majestic. I hope I can see the real building some day.

Puspha said...

LW aka Manju aka Mot~ Last time u all dowan to appreciate watever I make. All kutuk only. Thatz y tak suka buat.

Sudhav~ Thanx. Do let me know how ur little one like it.

Archana~ Thank u very much.

Vaishali~ hehehe I was my 2nd home when I was in M'sia. It is the one place tat I love on planet earth. Oh I miss it soooo much. :(

flower said...

As usual you food look so yummylicious.....

Nandita said...

That looks absolutely fabulous Pushpa! Eye-candy and for the mouth to Im sure- would like to try this one-need to hunt for a good cherry preserve around here
Coming to your blog after quite sometime and it's filled with goodies out here

Puspha said...

Flower~ Thank u very much.

Nandita~ Thank u so much. I suppose ur still in London eh? I'm sure u'll a good one there.

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