Friday, July 10, 2015

Fruits Tartlets with Custard Cream

This dessert tart is a fabulous way to use up your favorite fruits of the season .A sweet pastry dough is baked in a tart pan , filled with custard cream and then topped with kiwi , raspberries , and blueberries .It's cool , creamy and packed with fruits.The perfect end to a delicious summer meal .

Health benefits of fruits :
-Fruits are low in calories and fat and are a source of simple sugars , fiber and vitamins , which are essential for optimizing our health .

-Fruits provide plenty of soluble dietary fiber , which helps to ward off cholesterol and fats from the body and to help in smooth bowel movements as well as offer relief from constipation ailments .

-Fruits compose of many anti-oxidants such as poly-phenolic flavonoids ,vitamin C, and anthocyanins .These compounds , firstly ;help human body protected from oxidant stress, disease , and cancers ,and secondly ; help the body develop capacity to fight against these ailments by boosting our immunity level .Many fruits , when compared to vegetables and cereals , have very high anti-oxidant values , which is measured in terms of their " Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity " or (ORAC) .

There are three huge  reasons why this is a totally amazing recipe, especially for the summer .
1 . You can make each of the components ahead of time , so you don't need to worry about fussing around right before you want to serve this .The dough for the crust can be mixed and refrigerated for up to 2 days .You can easily bake the crust early in the day you plan to serve it .Once the crust is baked and cooled , fill it with the pastry cream and top with the fruits .

2. This recipe is easily adaptable to whatever your favorite fruits of the season you are .You  could make a mixed berry tart , using raspberries , blueberries and blackberries .You could go all strawberry .You could even use sliced peaches , apricots or nectarines .Whatever you like , throw it on top !

3. It's delicious , and there are copious amounts of  custard cream , which we could eat straight from the bowl with a spoon .

Ingredients ( Tart Base )
125 g butter
50 g brown sugar
75 g plain flour
120 g quick oats
20 g rolled oats

Custard Cream
1 egg
3 tbsp castor sugar
3 tbsp custard powder
200 ml UHT milk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Your choice of fresh fruits

Method (Tart Base )
1 . Cream butter and brown sugar until light . Blend in flour and oats , mix until well combined .

2 .Press a ball of dough onto tartlet tin .Spread out a thin layer of dough evenly over the tin base and gently trim off the excess , dough at the edge of tin . Using a fork , prick holes over the base of tart .

3 . Bake in a preheated oven at 160 degrees C for about 10 minutes or until golden brown .

Custard Cream 
1 . Heat up milk and vanilla essence in a pot over medium heat .

2 .Whisk egg and castor sugar until light . Blend in custard powder .

3 . Pour half of the hot milk into the above mixture , stir to combine. Pour the mixture back into the pot where the balance of the hot milk is , stir until thicken . Continue to stir smooth custard is formed . Remove from heat .Cover with cling film to prevent ot from forming a layer of skin .Set aside to cool .

4 . Fill baked tartlet base with custard cream . Arrange sliced fruits on top .

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