Wednesday, May 14, 2008

What a Tart!

I just spent the last four hours making 300 tarts. 240 of them are for my sister. She is hosting a thank you dinner on Friday and wanted something different. She has a love for good, buttery pastry and wonderful fillings and knew I could help her out.

In the past I have shared our families' love of these tartlettes. They have become a signature dessert at family gatherings. They are only two bites so are a nice treat without the over indulgence of some other desserts.
Raspberry Tarts

S'mee is pairing them with fresh strawberries and cream, chocolate ganache, lemon curd and cream, and then a banana filling with a slice of banana and cream. It sounds so good! I wish I could go, but I'm not on the invite list, so I will just have to use some of the extra tartlettes and make my own!

If you don't have me as a neighbor or a sister and want a treat just like these I can recommend two alternatives. One is to go buy yourself a copy of Sweet Miniatures by Flo Braker. I have spoken before of my love for Ms. Braker. She is a culinary dessert genius in my book! You'll be able to use her recipes for all kinds of wonderful things, including those lovely tartlettes!

Your other alternative is to go here: Clearbrook Farms. I ran into this company at the Fancy Foods Show in January and omitted them from my write ups! Oops! They make the best tartlette shell you can purchase anywhere! They are made with the same fine ingredients I use and you can tell when you taste them. Most tartlettes sold taste a lot like the boxes they come in. Not Clearbrook Farms varieties. They are very good and you will not disappoint anyone when turning to them, rather than baking your own. They also have a great line of preserves and fillings from which to choose.