Monday, June 9, 2008

Fruit Tarts - Food Exchange Program

I was browsing through the recipe books on Sunday afternoon and even though I still have a block of cheese in the fridge, but the sound of cheese does not turn me on any more.. perhaps a bit of an overdose...of baking, not of eating though :). So, please sue, bake more cheesecake, I will eat them all up haha.

Mmm.. Sunday afternoon at about 4pm. Not much time for too fanciful recipes to experiment on. I have never tried to make tarts before. Was considering either the egg tart or the fruit tart but as I have quite a fair bit of Red Globes grapes, Kiwi fruits and some blueberries in the fridge, I decided to make the Fruit Tarts for the Food Exchange Program.

This recipe is from the Cakes & Pastries Cook Book and the pictures in there is simply mouth watering.

Firstly, the tart shells have to be made. To do this, I needed the following items:-

Ingredients for the Pastry

100g butter
35g icing sugar
1 egg beaten
140g cake flour
35g almond powder (which I didn't have)

Method for the pastry
  1. Melt butter under room temperature
  2. Add icing sugar and beat mixture until it turns pale yellow
  3. Pour in beaten egg and mix well
  4. Sift in cake flour and stir in almond powder to form dough
  5. Divide into small portions and press each portion into a greased tart mould.
  6. Poke holes in dough base with a fork
  7. Bake at 170C-180C for 10-12 mins.
  8. Remove and cool.

Whilst the tart shells are cooling, I commenced on the fillings.

Ingredients for the fillings

100g white chocolate (I used dark as I had half a block left)
3 egg yolks
65g of sugar
40g cornflour
350ml of fresh milk
A dash of vanilla essence
150g of whipped cream
Various fruits

Method for the filling
  1. Heat chocolate indirectly until melted
  2. Brush over pastry and cool until chocolate is solidified
  3. Combine egg yolks, sugar, cornflour and fresh milk.
  4. Stir well and bring to boil
  5. Allow mixture to cool and thicken before adding in the vanilla essence
  6. When the mixture is cooled completely, add in the whipping cream which has been beaten until 60% fluffy. Stir well to make custard. Allow to cool
  7. Fill custard in a pastry bag. Squeeze custard into pastry and top with fruits.

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Sue said...

nancy jie..dont worry, will sure bake loads of cheesecake for you until you tell me to stop...hahaha...thanks for the beautiful fruit tarts :)

YozoraNiteSky said...

sue: your cheesecake tastes lovely, even though it could not quite stand up haha.. but i love the chang. Had one for breakfast this must teach me how to wrap chang one of these days :).

dcyk said...

nancy, the fruit tart was wunderful, brought a wunderful smile to my face when i was in the midst of doing something shitty in the office, thanks, and it was delicious :)

YozoraNiteSky said...

you are most welcome dcyk. sorry i only had 1 tart for each of you. next time i will make them a little smaller, a little cuter and then my test rabbits will have more :)

dcyk said...

wahaha i like big tarts :P can eat more :P

YozoraNiteSky said...

heehee...dcyk. spoken just like a man :D

Sue said...

nancy jie...i can teach you,but my 'chung' is 'Small' size one wor hahahaha

YozoraNiteSky said...

sue, i think its great to start small and then move on to bigger ones later :)... so, when do we start :)