Saturday, August 23, 2008

Fruit Tarts

There are some food that you associate with breakups (i.e. chocolates), some that you associate with weddings (i.e. beautifully crafted cakes) and some that you associate with relationships. Well, I associate fruit tarts with time spent with my mother.

Growing up, I was never strong in my academic subjects. My parents enrolled me in numerous tuition class and never gave up encouraging me to do just slightly better. Every Sunday after church, my mother would encourage me to attend my English tuition by promising a nice lunch with her after tuition (plus window shopping of course). We would nearly always end up at Delifrance for some mother-daughter time and a fruit tart for me. Because mum works full time, those precious moments spent together were highly cherish by me, and I'm sure by my mum as well.

I love the custard that filled the sweet crust. The slight tang from the strawberries + kiwi fruit goes so well with the sweetness of the crust and custard. I remembered savoring every bite while mum and I chatted about tuition, school and shopping.

Well, so many years have past but my love for fruit tarts remain. I spotted Mrs Kwok's recipe and was impressed by how easy it seems to be...and so I thought! I underestimated the time and skill required to make these little beauties though and screwed up big time with the custard the first time round. Obviously, I did not heat the custard long enough and it was still watery. The 2nd time was better-but there wasn't enough custard to fill the tart shells! I quickly whipped up another batch of custard and that seem to be sufficient.

See how wet the custard was?

These babies aren't as pretty as the ones at Delifrance but bitting into one sure bring backs memories. Mum- fruit tart and lunch at Delifrance when I get back next year! =)

Fruit Tarts (4 large size tarts and 10 mini ones)

Custard Cream 4 tablespoon of corn flour
2 egg yolks
4 tbsp of sugar
200 ml of milk

Tart Shells
500 grams of cake flour
150 grams icing sugar
250 grams butter
2 large whole eggs

1) Custard- Combine egg ylk and corn flour. Whisk till ingredients combined. Add sugar into the yolk mixture and mix well. Warm milk on stove. Stir warmed milk gently into the egg yolk. Put the mixture back on low heat and keep stirring till it gets thicken (expect 10-15 minutes of stirring if not more). Chill.

2) Tart Shells- Cream butter and icing sugar. Add eggs. Fold in 2/3 flour by batches. Gather up dough and knead it genthly. Add remaining flour to make into a smooth dough. Roll dough in longular shape and cut into equal portion. (I cut 4 into big portions and 10 tiny ones). Shape dough into tart mould. Bake for 250 C in 180C preheated oven.

3) Assemble- Spoon custard cream into shell and top it with fruits. If you like, heat up some jam and glace the tarts.


Life for Beginners said...

I love how some of them are shaped like hearts. Heart-shaped Tarts? So who cares if they aren't like the ones at Delifrance? These are made with love and would taste so much better! :)

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

Oh, these little tarts look not only beautiful, but super delicious!

CECIL said...

First time posting here! :) Still a newbie in food blogging. LOVE the heart shaped shells!

Little Inbox said...

I believe it tastes so good! I love to have many different kinds of fruits to make up the sweet & sour taste. :)

Ms. _____ 2 be ! said...

Thats something I love to learn how to make.

Little Corner of Mine said...

This is on my to-make list for the longest time. You are very hardworking ya!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

wow those look good! and they really sound doable for me...i'll give it a try...maybe this weekend hehe

daphne said...

kenny- thanks! Those were on sale and I grabbed them quick! hehe

nina-thanks! Still trying to improve on those.

cecil-thanks for hopping by =) I dig the heart shape too.

little inbox-true!


little corner- no leh, i think the feeling comes and goes. haha.

mocha- yay! Looking forward to your post on it!

SIG said...

Ooo wow, lovely tarts. Have to go over to Mrs Kwok's to see the recipe now. :)

Sophie said...

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Big Boys Oven said...

wow! beautiful little tartlets!

daphne said...

sig-hv fun making them. =)

sophie- thanks.

big boys oven- thanks!

Jude said...

these things look so cute!! And I want one of those rectangular plates :)

Kevin said...

Those look really good! I can just imagine the cool custard and the sweet and tangy kiwi.

noobcook said...

woah ... now you're making fruit tarts!! *impressed* they look really pretty ^^

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