Tartolet, a charming and elegant pastry, is a delightful miniaturized version of the classic tart. These petite and versatile treats can be filled with a variety of sweet or savory ingredients, making them perfect for any occasion. This recipe will guide you through creating the perfect tartolet shells – buttery, crisp, and golden – ready to be filled with your choice of creamy custards, fresh fruits, or even savory fillings like cheese and vegetables.
Ideal for high teas, parties, or as a sophisticated dessert option, tartolets are not only delicious but also visually appealing, offering an array of creative possibilities for presentation. Whether you are an experienced baker or trying your hand at pastry-making for the first time, this Tartolet recipe is simple yet impressive, ensuring that these miniature tarts turn out beautifully and taste as good as they look. Enjoy crafting these delightful little treats that are sure to wow your guests and satisfy your culinary creativity.
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1-In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the chilled butter and use your fingers or a pastry cutter to blend until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
2-Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing until the dough comes together.
3-Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
4-Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
5-On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out circles using a cookie cutter and gently press them into mini tart pans or a muffin tin.
6-Prick the bottom of each tartolet with a fork and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden.
7-Let the tartolets cool completely before removing them from the pans.
8-Fill each tartolet with your chosen fillings just before serving.
Mini Tartolets are a delightful and sophisticated addition to any culinary occasion. Their versatility in fillings allows for endless creativity, catering to all tastes and preferences. Whether you opt for sweet or savory, these tartolets are guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, offering a perfect blend of delicate pastry and flavorful fillings. Enjoy crafting these elegant treats and watch them become the highlight of your gathering.
Pastry Thickness: Ensure the pastry is rolled evenly to prevent uneven baking.
Chill the Dough: Keeping the dough chilled makes it easier to work with and helps maintain the shape of the tartolets while baking.
Baking Blind: For fillings that don't require baking, consider baking the tartolets blind (using pie weights) to prevent a soggy base.
Filling Ideas: Experiment with various fillings like lemon curd, chocolate ganache, or spiced pumpkin for sweet options; or mushroom pâté, pesto and cherry tomatoes, or smoked salmon and cream cheese for savory versions.
Serving: If making sweet tartolets, a dusting of powdered sugar can add an extra touch of elegance.
Storage: Unfilled tartolets can be stored in an airtight container for a few days. Fill them close to the serving time to maintain freshness.