10 minute Fruit Tartlet

Thursday 14 March 2013

This is essentially cheating but hey, no one will know if you don't confess your culinary sins. It's not so much making as it is assembling all the ingredients together which literally takes 10 minutes. That is, unless you want to dip into your creative juices and come up with masterpieces on the shortcrust pastry. The little tartlets are impressive, a sure way to wow the crowd with little effort. Most importantly, the sweetness of the strawberries complement beautifully with the vanilla whipped cream and buttery goodness of the pastry.

As you can tell from the photos, I lack the artistic DNA and ended up plonking pieces of strawberries on top of the cream. I'm sure you can do a far better job. I've also made this with store bought chocolate mousse and plums. You won't even need to whip anything and there's less washing to do. The trick is to find good pastry cases (mine's from Marks and Spencer) and really fresh and crisp fruit.



Ready made shortcrust pastry tartlet cases (get the ones made of butter instead of margarine)
Double cream for making whipped cream
A drop or two of vanilla extract (optional but oh so good if you added it)
Strawberries (or blueberries, raspberries etc )

1. Pour a drop or two of vanilla extract into the cream. Whip the double cream in a large bowl until it's thick but not too long that it turns into butter.

2. Scoop a spoonful of cream into a case. Level it with a butter knife. Arrange whatever fruit you're using on top of it.

3. You can garnish it with a mint leaf or a sprinkling of icing sugar.

4. Devour and congratulate yourself for eating a healthy diet (aka fruits).


  1. Oh you are my saviour. I think I can actually manage to make these! Will pop on my shopping list and see what the results are like next week i.e. if I don't eat them all up first (and I don't even like whipped cream that much). But I'll have extra brownie points from the Grumps if he thinks I rustled these up!

  2. These look divine!!! LOVE the ready made tart bases - not sure where I can find them here - might have to make pastry myself! Perfect for afternoon tea over Easter:) x

  3. note to self: do not read food posts on blog when starving hungry!

    How cute do these look?!!

  4. I'm drooling, need to try these asap ! Berries are so appropriate for spring :) xx

  5. They look so good, I'm terrible at cooking / baking / anything that involves a kitchen but this is the kind of recipe I can follow. #4 made me laugh. :)

  6. So so pretty - I love anything with plums on them. That whipping fresh cream just makes everything taste so much more home made doesn't it?

  7. These looks delicious! I'll have a strawberry tartlet with tea please!! No seriously, there is no harm in making an easy recipe from time to time. The best things in life are easy (and sometime free!).

  8. Hey if cheating gives results like this I say it's the way to go! Plus who has heaps of time these days. Thanks for sharing your results. It's a great way to make something at home without making it all and without compromising on taste.

  9. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing. I must make this!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  10. This is something I would do - yum!

  11. You know, a while ago I was attempting to buy these exact ready made tartlet cases for my recently-mastered-and-so-very-proud-of lemon curd. BUT I couldn't find it! All I could find are the really big ones (cake like size). :(

    These look really pretty, tempting to eat and ya, nobody would know the cheating :D

  12. Great trick :) I will have to try soon. And your food photos are stunning. I need to learn how to take amazing photos like you dear.
    Cammi @

  13. you are onto this dessert thing... make complicated stuff easy, that's a recipe even I can follow :)



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