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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I saved you a raspberry tart.

I promised and here it is.
This one has chocolate pastry cream under the berries.

The larger one has vanilla pastry cream.
Take your pick.

The process:

Roll out your favorite pastry dough into tart pans.  Mine have removable bottoms.  I didn't have enough dough for any of my  larger tart pans but had just enough for the 9-inch spring form pan, so in it went. 
Blind bake the crust with pie weights or beans (I use both), then remove the aluminum foil and weights and bake just until the shell is golden brown.
Let the crusts cool.
Fill them with pastry cream.
Top with fresh berries.
Drizzle with currant jelly and some dark chocolate.

Use your favorite pastry crust.  I used my dear friend Cristie's (The Table Runner) recipe and it is so flaky and fantastic.  I loved my old recipe but this one is better.
I also used a shortcut pastry cream.  I didn't think I would like it, but it actually is very good.  It uses a popular brand of pudding for the base.  You really can't taste the "boxed" flavor at all after you add the extract.

Fresh Raspberry Tarts
Your favorite pre-baked pastry shells, cooled
Fresh fruit (I used raspberries from my garden patch); enough to cover the top of the tart
1 bar of high quality dark chocolate
1 tsp of unsalted butter
1/4 cup of currant jelly
1/4 cup of water
1 recipe of shortcut pastry cream (recipe follows)

Shortcut pastry cream:
1-5 oz. box of Jello No-cook vanilla pudding (or use your favorite brand)
2 cups of heavy whipping cream (un-whipped)
1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract (I also used 1/2 teaspoon of raspberry extract)

Mix all of the ingredients by hand.  It will be stiff but you can add a little bit of milk so it spreads easier (if needed).  Press plastic wrap directly onto the top of the cream and refrigerate it for 1/2 hour.

To assemble your tart:
  • Spread pastry cream evenly into the tart shell. 
  • Top with berries.
  • Melt the jelly and water in a small pot.  Let cool slightly and drizzle over the berries.
  • Melt the chocolate and butter together.  Drizzle chocolate over the berries.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Makes one large 9-inch tart or four 4 1/2-inch individual tarts.

I just went out to the raspberry patch and darned if more raspberries have ripened already since this morning.  Can there ever be such a thing as "too many raspberries"?

Linked to Friday PotluckTurning the Table Thursday, and Fresh Food Friday.


  1. You saved me one? I'm coming to get it. :)

  2. Beautiful! Oh, they look so yummy! I think I might have rice pudding for breakfast after you mentioned the filling. Will you make jam, Bonnie?

  3. Oooh YUM Bonnie! Those tarts look delicious. I'm hoping we'll make some jam this weekend and with any luck, we'll have some raspberries left over for a tart.

  4. So glad you saved me one. I'll take the pastry cream one!

  5. I will make jam. I still have several jars left from last year. Maybe it's time to take a few canes out of the patch.

    I like to dry freeze ghe fruit and make the jam later in the fall after it cools down a bit. But...the freezer is getting quite full of those little berries.

  6. I'll be expecting my tart in the mail. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Oh my, may I try both? Pleeeeeease! :)

    P.S. Your house would make a perfectly gorgeous bed and breakfast, my dream one day:)

  8. How perfectly delicious looking! Those tarts sounds wonderful! I'd love for you to come by and show off your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a blessed day :)

  9. This has all my favourite ingredients! One probably won't be enough ;-))

  10. Oh how wonderful to have more raspberries to pick -- they sure are dear in the stores right now. We used to have a ton gowing up in Wisconsin. I am glad you saved me one because they sure look wonderful. I will try the pastry crust recipe and I will take the vanilla one. Joni

  11. I can't believe how many raspberries you picked. Your tarts look fabulous.

  12. Yum! I'll be right over. I want to try some of each. I wish you were my neighbor lady.


  13. Vanilla, please...my fork is lonely... ;) YUM!