Here we are in the middle of summer, the weather is toasty warm, the skies are deep blue and the sun is ripening my favorite fruit… strawberries. Strawberries are at all the farmer’s markets and also at my favorite strawberry stands located on the sides of roads that beg everyone driving by to stop and buy a couple of pints of beautiful red berries. There is rarely a week that goes by that I don’t buy at least three pints of berries, everyone loves them. We mostly just slice the berries and eat them plain or with a little sugar on top. Sometimes though a luscious strawberry dessert is needed and today I am sharing my Strawberry Curd Tarts that we served at our last party. Really, who doesn’t like eating a beautiful tart?
Freshly picked, sweet, red and ripe strawberries
My daughter and I recently hosted a tea party and wanted a small fruit dessert that could be easily made but most of all easily eaten. Making these tarts bite-sized made a great dessert for our guests to pick up from the trays. These tarts are perfect for dinner parties and buffets, no slicing required and the quests can help themselves. Setting out a large platter of tarts with whole strawberries makes such a colorful presentation, your guests will love them.
“Sometimes a luscious strawberry dessert is needed…”
The dough for these tarts is easy to make and rolls out nice and firm. Cut out dough circles and place inside a mini muffin tin to create these nice sized tart shells that are perfect for holding the strawberry curd. This dough also makes an 8″ tart pan if you want a larger tart.
You are going to love the size of these tarts, scroll on down to see the baked tart shells.
I like using the riper strawberries to make the curd since they have more flavor and juice. Puree the sliced and hulled strawberries in a food processor. The easiest way to strain the puree is to put it in a fine mesh strainer then take a soup ladle and stir and press the puree into a bowl. This works like a charm. Set the puree in the fridge to firm up.
When you are ready just spoon the strawberry puree into the tart shells. Strawberry curd does not get ultra thick but is thick enough to fill the tart shells, just don’t overfill. And, yes, once you cook the puree the color changes.
Top the tarts with whipped cream and a sliced strawberry. Step back and look at your creation then go ahead and try one. You must make sure they are ok to serve your guests, right?
Strawberry Curd Tarts
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- In a large bowl add the flour and sugar. Add butter and cut in with two knives until small pea size.
- Stir in the beaten egg with a fork until the mixture holds together.
- Turn the dough out on a floured board pressing the dough together to form a ball. The dough can be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for a week. Roll the dough out to 1/8" thickness then using a cutter, make dough circles that fit inside a muffin tin. You want the tart shells to be shallow.
- Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove tarts shells from pan to cool.
- In a food processor puree the strawberries
- Add the sugar and cornstarch to a medium saucepan, stir to combine
- Add the egg yolks to the sugar mixture and mix to combine.
- Whisk in the strawberry puree and cook over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and whisk constantly for about five minutes until thickened.
- Pour the strawberry curd into a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl. Stir the mixture with a soup ladle to remove the seeds.
- Place plastic wrap over the curd and chill until firm.
- Pour the whipping cream into a bowl and whip until stiff peaks form.
Completing the Tarts
- Spoon the strawberry curd into the tart shells then top with a dollop of whipped cream. Optional ~ garnish with sliced strawberries.
- Keep tarts refrigerated.
Feeling like pinning to your dessert board on Pinterest?
For all the strawberry lovers try this recipe for a fun and decadent dessert. Strawberry Shortcakes in a Glass.
Here are my recommendations for your baking needs.
I love this mini cupcake pan for all kinds of desserts. This fine mesh strainer is a kitchen must-have item to strain juices, broths and to remove seeds. You might like these mini ceramic bowls sauces for desserts. If you serve berries this green ceramic berry basket is just nice to display your colorful berries.
I hope you are all having an amazing summer and enjoying the fruits of summer.