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Fresh seasonal fruit tarts

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Makes 32 tarts
Fresh seasonal fruit tarts

Crust

1

Cream the butter and sugar until fully combined. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated.

2

Sift the flours together. Add the flours to the butter mixture and mix until the dough comes together in several large pieces. Form the dough into a flat disk and wrap in plastic. Let it rest in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

3

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to one-eighth-inch thick. Using a 2 1/4-inch round cookie cutter, cut circles. Press the dough circles into mini muffin tins to form individual tart shells. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Pastry cream

1

Whisk the milk, flours and sugar together in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan. Heat the mixture until it just comes to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and spoon one-fourth of the mixture into the egg yolks to temper.

2

Return the mixture to the saucepan and whisk until smooth. Cook on low heat for one minute more, stirring continuously. Do not boil. Spoon the pastry cream into a bowl and cover. Refrigerate until cool.

Filling and assembly

1

To make the filling, cream together the butter, powdered sugar, almond flour and 2 tablespoons of the pastry cream until smooth. Add the egg and blend for 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Stir in the flour to incorporate and mix until smooth.

2

Place a teaspoon of the filling inside each tart shell. Bake in a 350-degree oven until golden, about 20 to 25 minutes. Cool at room temperature. Store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use.

3

Cut the strawberries, kumquats and kiwi into small slivers and cut the raspberries, blackberries and blueberries in half.

4

To make a glaze, combine the jelly and water in a small saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring to combine. Set aside.

5

Divide the remaining pastry cream among the tart shells. Arrange up to six tidbits of fruit on each. Gently brush each tart with the glaze. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Use mini muffin tins to form the tart shells.

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