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All my products are made to be the most delicious you've ever eaten! Painstakingly tested recipes, innovative baking techniques, and the very best ingredients set them apart. Premium chocolates, Madagascar vanilla beans, real butter, fresh fruit, and premium toasted nuts.

Everything I make is from scratch, including my fondant, sugar paste and modeling chocolate.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mini Fruit Tarts

My dad and step-mom came up for a dinner with us, and I wanted to make my step-mom something for mother's day.  She loves fruit tarts, so I decided on that.  I recently got some incredibly cute mini tart pans, and have been waiting for an excuse to use them!

If you could eat summer, the flavor would be fruit tarts.  Crisp, sweet, buttery shortbread crust, filled with decadently cool and creamy vanilla bean French pastry cream, topped with fresh, sweet, tart berries.  These are definitely up there at the top of favorite all-time desserts for me!

The filling is one of the most versitile things to know how to make. It is delicious injected into cupcakes, layered with cubes of cake and fruit for a trifle, or piped into eclair shells! It is a wonderful way to showcase the delicate flavor of a real vanilla bean, if you have never tried using one before!

1 vanilla bean
2 cups half and half (not ultra-pasteurized)
6 tablespoons sugar, divided
pinch salt
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
4 egg yolks
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Cut the vanilla bean on half lengthwise with a sharp paring knife. Use the blade to scrape out the seeds from inside. Add the seeds, half and half, salt, and 5 tablespoons of the sugar to a medium saucepan and turn the heat to medium. Stir frequently to dissolve the sugar. While the half and half mixture heats, whisk the egg yolks, remaining tablespoon of sugar, and cornstarch in a medium bowl until combined. As soon as the half and half begins to simmer around the edges of the pan, use a measuring cup to slowly drizzle 1/2 cup of the hot half and half into the egg yolk mixture, while whisking constantly. Then drizzle the egg yolk mixture into the saucepan while whisking constantly. The mixture will thicken quickly. Continue to whisk for 30 more seconds, then remove from the heat and whisk in the butter until melted. Pour the pastry cream through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pastry cream and chill 4 hours. 

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