Friday, August 30, 2013

Strawberry Tarts

I dreamt of two women I love and miss very much last night. My Mother and my Mother-in-Law. But in my dream, my Mother-in-Law was in my Mother's body. My husband's family was there as well taking care of of her as we were in a hospital setting. My mother was sitting on the hospital bed but didn't look sick. Her skin was shiny and flawless. I asked her how she was and I was responded with that smile, the one I haven't seen for a long long time and that little nose wrinkling I catch my own daughter doing from time to time. A lot of people didn't know my mom so they don't see the resemblance with SO. But there is definitely something there, especially when SO is sleeping. I could lie awake just staring at her all night long. One thing SO definitely did not get from my mother though is the love for desserts and sweets. That she got from my father because I think my mother is the only person I know who does not like desserts! She would have said that the Strawberry Tarts I made today looked cute and she might have taken a bite, but that's it.

Oh goodie, more to share for the rest of us, Dad used to say.

First, prepare the Pastry Cream.
In a bowl, add 5 egg yolks and 3/4 cup of sugar.

Beat together.

Add 3 tablespoons of flour. Beat.

Heat 1 1/2 cup of milk in a saucepan until it starts to boil. Turn off the heat.

Pour half a cup of the heated milk in the bowl with the beaten eggs.  Beat so the eggs don't cook. Then transfer back to the saucepan while stirring with a wooden spoon.

Turn the heat on medium. Cook while stirring continuously for 5 minutes. The mixture will start to thicken.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 tablespoon of butter, and 1 tablespoon of heavy cream. Stir well for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat.

Pass through a sieve and transfer to a bowl. Cover with a wrap and refrigerate until cold.

I totally cheated and used store-bought individual pastry crusts. This saved me time and from buying the materials needed. But I'm looking forward to the day I will make the pastry crust from scratch.

Take out the cold pastry cream and transfer to the pastry crusts.

Prepare the strawberries.
Clean, cut off stem, and slice in half.

Arrange the strawberries on top of the pastry cream.

In a saucepan, heat 1/3 cup of apricot jelly and 1 teaspoon water. Heat for 2 minutes while stirring. Turn off the heat. With a brush, brush the apricot mixture on top of the strawberry tarts. Refrigerate. This will make them shiny. The tarts were a big hit! Only thing I would perhaps add would be pistachios or sliced almonds on top.

Strawberry Tarts


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