Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


...Otherwise known as little pies.  I made banana cream and lemon/lime citrus 6-inch tarts.  Perfectly sweet, tart, and flaky and they're the perfect individual portion size without the mess of cutting.  Pack them in small boxes for a picnic or serve them on a plate for a formal dinner. You can do as the dinner guests did; cut two in half and trade with a partner. 
In my opinion, every baker needs a versatile Pastry Cream recipe in their arsenal.  I use it as my pie base and added sliced bananas.  The neutral base is perfect for fruit tarts, cream puffs, and inside of your eclairs.
The crust recipe is from my friend Cristie.  You've seen it here before. And I blind bake my crusts.
Flaky, light, and tender; this crust is the perfect vehicle for any pie filling.

For best results, use removable-bottom tart shells.  Check Restaurant supply stores for good prices on these.

Pastry Cream
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
4 large egg yolks
5 Tablespoons of all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1 ½ cups of hot milk
2 Tablespoons of butter
2 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract

Beat the sugar and egg yolks together until thick and lemon yellow colored. Stir in the flour and salt and mix until smooth. Gradually beat in the hot milk. Pour into a heavy –bottomed sauce pan and cook over medium, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Reduce the heat and boil slowly for 2 minutes, making sure the custard does not scorch. Pour the custard into a bowl and whisk until smooth. Add the butter and vanilla.

Press a piece of plastic wrap over the surface of the cream so a skin doesn’t form as it cools.
Before using, stir to smooth it and use however you wish.

*Blind bake your tart crusts and let them cool.  Remove them from the tart pans. 
Fill with your choice of pie filling and pipe whipped cream on top.


  1. Well, I don't bake, but if I did, I would bake these. Better yet, I wish someone would bake them for me!

  2. Bonnie, I would love one of each. They are sooo pretty! If I had to choose, I would take the citrus one, but then I would be sneaking back to eat the banana cream. I just love little desserts - makes it so much more fun!

  3. I'd want one of each. They look adorable. Now I want mini tart pans.

  4. Oh. Yum! Two of my very favorite pies right there together. There's no way I'd cut in half and share -- one of each please!!!! {Oink Oink!}

  5. You sure have been busy lately, Bonnie. I have missed a few weeks and you've been up to quite a lot. I have been entertaining family and then had a tea and then two mini lunch parties. These tartlets would have been perfect. Thanks for offering them up, I will keep this for my next special occasion. My family is eagerly anticipating our 2nd annual appetizer weekend at the moment! Have a great weekend. :l

  6. Decisions, decisions...If no one would split them with me, I would have to have one of each! What little beauties!

  7. Doesn't smaller mean less calories which means I could have one of each instead of half of each lol. Well that would be my story of hope anyway :). Seriously yumminess here once again.

    Hugs- Karen