Introduction

Indulge your taste buds in the delightful symphony of flavors and textures with our Fruit Tartlets with Almond Cream and Berries recipe. These delectable tartlets are the perfect blend of sweet, creamy almond filling and the vibrant freshness of assorted berries, all nestled in a buttery, flaky pastry shell. Whether you’re hosting a special occasion or simply craving a sweet treat, these tartlets are sure to impress. The contrast of the crisp crust, rich almond cream, and juicy berries is a culinary masterpiece that will transport your senses to a world of pure bliss.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 tartlets

Ingredients

For the Tartlet Shells:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons ice water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

For the Almond Cream Filling:

  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • A pinch of salt

For the Fruit Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups mixed fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam, for glaze

Instructions

Making the Tartlet Shells:

  1. In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Pulse a few times to mix.
  2. Add the cold, cubed butter to the flour mixture and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, ice water, and vanilla extract.
  4. While pulsing the food processor, gradually pour in the egg mixture until the dough comes together.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it gently a few times until it forms a cohesive ball.
  6. Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  8. Roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface to about 1/8 inch thickness.
  9. Using a round cookie cutter or a glass, cut out circles that are slightly larger than the tartlet molds.
  10. Press the dough circles into the tartlet molds, making sure to trim any excess dough hanging over the edges.
  11. Prick the bottom of each tartlet shell with a fork to prevent puffing.
  12. Bake the tartlet shells for 12-15 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
  13. Remove the tartlet shells from the oven and let them cool completely in their molds.

Making the Almond Cream Filling:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the almond meal, softened butter, sugar, almond extract, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Mix until the ingredients are well combined and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Add the egg and continue to mix until the almond cream is light and fluffy.

Assembling the Fruit Tartlets:

  1. Carefully remove the cooled tartlet shells from their molds.
  2. Fill each tartlet shell with a generous spoonful of the almond cream filling, spreading it evenly.
  3. Arrange the mixed berries on top of the almond cream, creating an attractive pattern.
  4. In a small saucepan, heat the apricot jam over low heat until it becomes liquid.
  5. Gently brush the apricot jam glaze over the berries to give them a glossy finish.

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving SizeCaloriesTotal FatSaturated FatCholesterolSodiumTotal CarbohydratesDietary FiberSugarsProtein
1 Tartlet (approx)37524g11g82mg81mg35g3g14g6g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Conclusion

Our Fruit Tartlets with Almond Cream and Berries are the embodiment of elegance and taste. The crisp, buttery tartlet shells provide the perfect foundation for the luscious almond cream and the burst of fresh, juicy berries. This dessert is not only a visual delight but also a flavorful symphony that will have your guests craving for more. Whether you’re serving them at a gathering or simply treating yourself, these tartlets are a delicious celebration of the sweet pleasures in life. So, roll up your sleeves and prepare to savor every bite of these delightful Fruit Tartlets. Enjoy!