Blackberry and Cream Cheese Tartlets

Blackberry and Cream Cheese Tartlets

 

Fresh fruit tarts always say summer and these blackberry and cream cheese tartlets don’t disappoint. Sweet pastry tartlets have a creamy cheese filling and are topped with fresh blackberries.

 

Blackberry and Cream Cheese Tartlets
Prepares: 6 tartlets
 
  • Preparation time: 40 minutes
  • Cooking time: 12 minutes
  • Chilling time: 1 to 2 hours

  • Ingredients
  • For the rich sweet pastry
  • 140g (5 oz) plain flour/cake and pastry flour (CA)/all-purpose flour (US) (1 cup)
  • pinch salt
  • 28g (1 oz) caster/ superfine sugar (2 tbsp)
  • 85g (3 oz) unsalted butter, diced (⅜ cup or ¾ stick)
  • 2 eggs, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.), yolks only
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract, optional

  • For the filling
  • 250g (8 oz) cream cheese/Philadelphia (1 packet)
  • 85g (3 oz) caster sugar/superfine sugar (½ cup less 1 tbsp)
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 3 tbsp double cream/whipping cream

  • For the topping
  • 170g (6 oz) blackberries
  • icing sugar/powdered sugar to dust

  • You will also need 6 tartlet tins.


  1. Method
  2. For the rich sweet pastry (using a food processor or mixer)
  3. Put the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor or mixer. Whiz for a couple of seconds to mix.

  4. Add butter and whiz again for a few seconds.

  5. Now add egg yolks and vanilla extract, if using, and whiz until the mixture starts to bind together.

  6. Then knead lightly by hand and wrap in clingfilm/plastic wrap. Chill for 10 minutes.

  7. Roll out the pastry thinly and then cut rounds 3.8cm (1½ in) larger than the tartlet tin, re-rolling the pastry until there are six rounds.

  8. Line the tartlet tins, pressing the pastry gently down into the edges of the tins. Roll the rolling pin over the top of each tin to remove the excess pastry. Prick the base, using the tines of a fork, to allow air trapped underneath to escape. Now chill again while the oven is heating up.

  9. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) (gas 5)

  10. Lay the tins on a baking sheet and cover with baking parchment. Pop in the oven for 10 minutes and then remove the baking parchment and cook for a further 2 minutes to crisp up.

  11. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a couple of minutes before carefully removing the cases from the tins to completely cool on a wire rack. They will be very delicate until completely cold.

  12. For the filling
  13. Using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and lemon zest together until creamy and well blended. Add the cream and beat again until there is a light, soft mixture.

  14. Once the pastry cases are cold they can be filled. Divide the mixture equally among the cases using a small pallet knife to spread the mixture into the edges of the pastry and then smooth the top.


  15. To finish
  16. Top with the blackberries, pressing them down a little into the filling.

  17. Cover the tartlets loosely with clingfilm and chill for 1 to 2 hours.

  18. Just before serving, dust the icing/powdered sugar over the top of the tarts using a small sieve.

Updated August 4, 2019

Mincemeat and Apple Tartlets

Mincemeat and Apple Tartlets

 

Delicious little tartlets made of puff pastry, mincemeat, and slices of apple. Quick to prepare and also a great way to use up any leftover jars of mincemeat from Christmas.

 

Mincemeat and Apple Tartlets
Prepares: 4 tartlets
 
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 250g pack ready-rolled frozen puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 8 rounded tbsp mincemeat (or, 1 small jar about 250ml (8 fl oz))
  • 1 dessert apple
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • ½ tsp caster/superfine sugar
  • icing/powdered sugar for dusting

  • Can be served with whipped cream, thick double cream or ice cream (optional)


  1. Method
  2. Thaw the pastry as directed on the packet.

  3. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6).

  4. Unroll the pastry onto a large baking sheet. Now mark 4 squares, roughly 12cm (4½ inches), leaving as much space around the squares as the pastry allows. Remove the excess pastry.

  5. Next, using the tip of a knife mark a 1cm (½ inch) border around the edge of each square. Then brush the border with the beaten egg.

  6. Now spoon two rounded spoonfuls of mincemeat onto each square and spread it out, keeping within the border.

  7. Quarter each apple and remove the core. Then thinly slice each quarter and lay the slices in a row over the mincemeat, overlapping them to fit. Brush the apples with the melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.

  8. Bake for 20 minutes until the pastry is golden and flaky.

  9. Just before serving dust all over with icing/powdered sugar.

  10. A spoonful of cream or ice cream can be dolloped in the centre of each tartlet.