Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Ace of Tarts


Sometimes it’s the littlest things that make me happy. When I discovered my grocery store had puff pastry sheets for the first time EVER, I was ecstatic. I could go out of my way to the big expensive grocery store to get them, but I hate doing that. I had to buy some immediately and make my favorite tarts. They are pretty and fancy-looking and ridiculously easy to make. Here’s how:

For the shell: With one sheet of pastry you can make one giant square or cut it to make four small squares, as in the picture. To make the tart shell, use a sharp knife to score a rectangle around the edge of the pastry, as though you were drawing a picture frame. Then poke the center square of the “frame” several times with a fork to keep it from puffing up. Even if the center puffs while baking, you can re-score the edge and press the center down.

Dampen the edge of the pastry shell with water and sprinkle with raw sugar. Bake as directed on the package, about 10 -15 minutes at 400 degrees. Cool completely.

For the filling: Combine 4 oz. softened cream cheese, 3 tablespoons sugar, ¼ cup sour cream, ¼ cup plain yogurt, and the zest of one lime. Spoon mixture into tart shells. Top with your favorite fruit.
Enjoy!

7 comments:

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Do you realize what you've done to me? Those tarts absolutely hypnotized me! I'm off to the grocery store, as soon as my youngest gets home!
YUM!

LW said...

Boy do they look good… I love anything with blueberries...

Louise

Brenda said...

Yum! I may have to kick Hazel out of the kitchen and actually make something by myself...grin...

I'll let you know if the kitchen survives...grin...

Rena said...

Oh, those look yummy!

adrienne said...

Becky - If you're going to be hypnotized by something, it might as well be dessert!

Louise - I couldn't resist the blueberries. They looked so perfect.

Brenda - If you give Hazel a night off, can you send her to me?

Rena - They are kind of foolproof :)

Carrie Harris said...

Oh, I love stuff like this! And your recipe looks a lot less complicated than the one I have. I'll definitely give it a try. Thanks!

Kelly said...

YUUUUUUUUUUM!
Those look delish!