We hosted a little birthday BBQ last week, and I wanted to make a special dessert that felt summery and festive, without spending all day on it. I also couldn’t handle a pastry dough recipe that required more than an hour or two of chilling because I didn’t get started on this until that morning.
So, with the help of Martha Stewart and Smitten Kitchen, I cobbled together a super quick recipe for mini strawberry tarts. And they turned out to be DELICIOUS. The simple pastry dough was perfect, and the vanilla pastry cream was INSANITY. It uses a whole vanilla bean, so it was bound to turn out to be delicious.
I had never made pastry cream before, and there were a few moments of doubt right before it started thickening up at the end when I thought I may have missed something. But no, it went from liquid to thick, custardy goodness in minutes. Easy!
These mini pie tins work well for individual sized tarts like the ones I made. They turned out to be pretty beautiful, so they work well for an occasion when you want to impress your guests. Or if you just want to impress yourself with pastry chef skills you never knew you had 🙂