Mini raspberry and frangipane tarts
Prep time:(plus 30 mins chilling time)
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
These small treats are great little food gifts this Christmas and taste great with a cup of tea on a winter's afternoon
- 125g unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
- 155g plain flour
- 55g icing sugar, plus extra, sifted, for dusting
- 1 large egg yolk
- 120g raspberries
To make the filling:
- 55g sugar
- 60g unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
- 55g ground almonds
- 1 tbsp plain flour
- 60g white chocolate, roughly chopped
Dust the tarts with extra icing sugar, if you've got a sweet tooth.
- Place the butter and flour in the bowl of a food processor and process until fine breadcrumbs form.
- Add the sugar and egg yolk and process until the dough just comes together, adding 1/2 tablespoon iced water, if necessary. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and gather into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.
- Lightly grease 24 5cm fluted mini tartlet tins or two 12-hole mini muffin tins. Divide the pastry in half. Roll out each piece between two sheets of baking paper until 2mm thick, scattering with flour where necessary. Cut out 24 rounds from the pastry with a 6 cm cutter. Line each prepared tin with a circle of pastry and trim off any excess. Prick the bases with a fork.
- Place in the freezer for 5 minutes. Line the bases with baking paper, pour in some baking beads or uncooked rice and bake for 5 minutes. Remove the paper and beads and bake for another 2–3 minutes, or until just golden. Set aside to cool.
- To make the filling, beat sugar and butter in a medium bowl using electric beaters for 30 seconds. Add egg and vanilla and beat for another 30 seconds. Fold in ground almonds, flour and chocolate. Spoon the filling into the pastry cases. Press a raspberry into the top of each tart. Bake for 8–10 minutes, or until the filling is golden and set. Remove from the tins by turning upside down and tapping with the back of a knife handle.