Strawberry Frangipane Tarts

30 May

Bring on the festivities! The 4 day weekend to celebrate the queens reign is going to be amazing…food, drink, get togethers and hopefully sunshine! Here’s a treat you can add to the menu for your street party…here’s how:

What you need:
500g all butter shortbread pastry
For the coulis:
225g finely chopped strawberries
30g caster sugar
1 star anise(not essential)
For the Frangipane:
150g butter
150g sugar
30g plain flour
150g ground almonds
2 eggs
For the topping:
70g butter
50g icing sugar
1tsp vanilla paste
100g cream cheese
Almond flakes
6 strawberries

What you do:
1) Firstly the coulis – in a medium pan put in all the ingredients including a dash of water and allow to simmer until infused. Remove the star anise then let this cool before blending to a paste.
2) Secondly the Frangipane – beat together the butter, sugar and flour. Add the ground almonds and then the eggs and whisk till it becomes a creamy paste.
3) Thirdly the pastry – grease a 12 hole cupcake/muffin tin. Roll ready made pastry till its 2mm thick. Using a round cutter, cut out 12 10cm disks and pop into all the holes. I like a crinkled edge tart but it is entirely up to you!
4) Pop the disks in the freezer for 20 minutes.
5) Once the pastry is hard, fill with baking beans and blind bake for 15minutes at 200C.
6) Lower the oven temperature to 180C
7) Take the pastry out, spoon in 1-2 tsps of the coulis, then the Frangipane topping, finally press in the strawberries, and flake on a few almonds.
8) Bake further for 15-20 minutes.
9) Dust with icing sugar, and enjoy!!

Mmmmm summer desserts at their finest! Plus it’s all British! Enjoy and have a fab weekend!

Keep it delicious!


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