April 6, 2006

A Tartlet for a Spring Afternoon

Another beautiful day in Missouri. I love to wake up and walk outside (to take the pups out) and feel 57 degree weather at 6:00 am.

Yes, spring is upon us and that means it's time for BBQ parties and family gathering...

Try serving these wonderful tartlets at your next party.

Really Raspberry Tartlets

Makes 10--May Be Doubled

1 cup flour
4 ounces (1/2 package) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (one stick) butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon salt

Using an electric mixer, mix together flour, cream cheese, butter, and salt until a dough forms. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate at least 30 minutes (or up to 24 hours). If chilled longer than 1 hour, let the dough warm up at room temperature for about 20 minutes. If you are in a hurry, you can place the dough in the freezer to chill for 15-20 minutes.
Divide the dough into 10 balls and place them in a standard size muffin pan. Press each dough ball into the bottom and up the sides of the muffin cup to form a shell. Bake at 350 degrees until nicely browned, about 20-25 minutes. Carefully invert the pan to the remove baked shells, and cool on a wire rack. (Note: the pastry shells can be made a day in advance or even frozen).

Cream Cheese Filling:
8 ounces (one package) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Approximately 2-1/2 cups fresh raspberries (you can also use blackberries or blueberries)
1/2 cup red currant jelly (optional)

With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with the powdered sugar until smooth. Beat in the lemon juice. (May be made a day ahead; chill until ready to use.) Spread a heaping tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture on the bottom of each cooled pastry shell. Arrange the berries on top.

For a more formal presentation, just before serving, heat 1/2 cup red currant jelly in a small saucepan and use a pastry brush to glaze berries with the warm jelly.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. The tartlets will keep for several days in the refrigerator (though they will not look quite as pretty as when first made). The cream cheese filling will soften and almost melt into the pastry shell, giving them a different (but very nice) taste and texture.


anne said...

Those berries look amazing. I am coming back to this recipe for sure!

Jean said...

don't they though? makes me hungry!! and ready for my berry bushes!!

Good Ole Cook said...

Make sure your berries are fresh. I like to go to a berryfarm close to my house to get fresh blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and every other type of berry you coudl imagine.

Then I wash and dry them and place them in a plastic milk jug and freeze them. That way I can have fresh berries all year round.