Fresh fruit tartlets recipe

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makes: 28 - 30
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  • These pretty little tartlets are perfect for parties – adults and kids alike will love them


    • 125g (4½ oz) unsalted butter, softened
    • 125g (4½ oz) caster sugar
    • 125g (4½ oz) ground almonds
    • 3 eggs
    • 1tbsp dark rum
    • 500g pkt ready-made shortcrust pastry (or your even more delicious own!)
    • 150g (5½ oz) mascarpone cheese
    • Selection of summer berries and fruits (such as raspberries, sliced strawberries, halved blueberries, quartered apricots and sliced figs)
    • 3-4tbsp apricot jam, warmed and sieved, to glaze


    • Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF, gas mark 4). Cream the butter with the sugar and almonds, then add the eggs, one at a time, beating well, and finally the rum.

    • Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface and, using a round, fluted cutter, stamp out pastry rounds to line bun tins. Press down well and make a few holes with a fork (to stop the pastry rising), then half fill with the almond cream (make sure that you don’t overfill the pastry cases because the cream rises when cooking).

    • Cook for 15-20 mins or until the tarts are golden. Remove from the oven and leave them to cool on a wire rack.

    • When they are cold, spread a little of the mascarpone cheese on each tart, then top with some fruit. Finally, brush the apricot glaze over the fruit to give the tartlets a professional-looking patisserie finish!

    Top tip for making Fresh fruit tartlets

    All that fruit means these tartlets count towards your five-a-day. Brilliant!

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