Berry tartlets with almond crust

Recipe and photography by Rita Anastasiou

When I was a kid and later on as a teenager, my mom was sending me during the summer, to buy tartlets from the local pastry shop. It was some of the few things she never tried to make. Cakes has always been her major! “Fruit tarts is a summer dessert!” She used to say. As a kid I’ve never understood,why summer? Is it so special?

imageYears later, I decided to make fruit tartlets and I remember my mom again…But I’m willing to make some fruit tarts in the winter,too…!!

Ingredients for the almond crust:

  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Preheat the oven at 350 F.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pat in a muffin tin.
Bake for 10 minutes,till the crust is golden brown. Set aside to cool down.

 

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For the pastry cream:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Orange zest

Beat the egg yolks well in a bowl,stir in the milk.
In a small sauce pan,mix sugar,cornstarch and salt.
Gradually stir in a small amount of mix mixture in a medium heat. Add the orange zest in the end.
Transfer the cream into a bowl and cover it with a plastic food wrap film. And let it in the fridge to cool completely.

Assemble:

Take the pie crusts,add the cream and the berries on top. I used blueberries and strawberries and I dust them with powder sugar.

 

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The orange zest really brightens up the whole dessert and is the perfect bite!
It took me back to my childhood…

I think I made my mom proud!