Fresh Strawberry Tarts Recipe

Fresh Strawberry Tarts

Mother's Day is tomorrow and we are going to celebrate, with my family, in Quebec. We have not seen them in a while and it will be nice to finally meet again. My brother just bought a new house and  he will be hosting us at lunchtime. He is a very good cook and we always enjoy eating at his place.

We can't have a Mother's Day party without dessert. With the help of frozen pie shells these are easier to prepare than you think. I wanted to do individual tarts using small tins that I had in the home. I bought the Deep Dish Pie Shells, defrosted them on the counter, then cut them into circles to fit my tins. My filling is a pastry cream. It can be made one day ahead and kept in the refrigerator. A topping of choice is strawberries but you can use any fruits that you like. I enjoy this dessert at this time of the year, especially with fresh fruits on top.

Happy Mother's Day!

Fresh Strawberry Tarts with Pastry Cream Filling - La Cuisine d'Hélène


Deep Dish Pie Shells
450g fresh strawberries
250 ml milk
125 ml 35% cream
60 ml sugar
45 ml all-purpose flour
4 egg yolks
5 ml vanilla extract

1- Defrost the pie shells on the counter, then cut them into circles to fit your tins. Cook tart shells according to directions on package. Let cool at room temperature.
2- In a medium saucepan, bring the milk and cream and 30 ml sugar to a simmer.
3- In a small bowl mix the flour with the sugar remaining, then whisk in the egg yolks.
4- Whisk 125 ml of the cream mixture into the egg yolks. Add the egg yolks mixture to the cream in the saucepan. Continue whisking constantly on medium heat, until the mixture thickens and start boiling.
5- Remove from the heat. Add the vanilla extract and whisk well.
6- Place the cream into a bowl and top with plastic wrap directly against the surface.
7- Chill in the refrigerator for several hours until cold.
8- When the cream is cold, fill the tart shells and top with fresh strawberries.

Makes about 12 individual tarts.