A Seasonal Cake Recipe That Uses Fresh Spring Flavors and Ingredients – Guest post by Sydney Winkler

Here’s a recipe for those of you in the US looking for seasonal recipes.

The springtime is a great time to start baking delicious treats for friends, family, and even yourself. If you are searching for a great treat to serve at your next dinner party this spring, you need to look no further. Strawberry miniature tarts are both a delicious dessert and a great taste of spring. They take a little while to make, but they are well worth the effort, making them an ideal option to put on your table. This beautiful tart can be altered to include many spring berries like raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries depending on your event and the type of tart you want to make. If you’d like to make them last a little longer, here some tips too!

Gather the Ingredients

Before you begin making this tart, you need to first gather up all the ingredients you will need to complete it. The entire tart takes about 5 hours to complete, but the hands-on time is only 30 minutes total. There are several ingredients that scream spring, like the fresh berries. These are what make this tart ideal for springtime events.

Here is what you will need:

  • 1/3 cup of confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup of pistachios (chopped)
  • 1 package of cream cheese that is softened (8 oz.)
  • 6 tablespoons of salted butter (3 oz. and cubed)
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon zest mixed with 1 tablespoon of fresh juice
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar (not mixed with the ½ cup)
  • 2 cups of fresh berries of your choice (sliced)

Once you have all the ingredients, you can grab all the pans and measuring options you need to complete your tart for your event. Remember to give yourself enough time for the tart to bake and set before serving.

Creating the Treat

Before you begin, you will need to preheat your oven to 350-degrees Fahrenheit to cook your tart. Next, grab your 8 small tart pans, about 3 ½ inch round pans. Typically, these are about 1-inch deep, and they are often fluted with the removable rims. You should lightly grease these pans and place them on a baking sheet with a large rim. Add the powdered sugar, flour, and pistachios to a food processor to grind everything together until the nuts are more finely ground. This usually takes about one minute total.

Put the cubed butter pieces into the food processor with the flour, powdered sugar, and nut mixture. Give it about 6 to 8 pulses until the mixture looks similar to a coarse meal. Spoon out the mixture into the tart pan, and carefully press the mixture along the bottom and sides of the tart pans.

Next, you’re going to put the Baking sheet with all eight tart pans on it, into the oven to bake. Allow the tart crusts to bake until they are lightly browned, which should take about 15 to 20 minutes total. Remove the tart pans from the baking sheet, placing them on a wire cooling rack. They need to cool completely, which should take about 30 minutes. If you think you need to, you can allow them to sit for 45 minutes just to be sure.

While your tart crusts are cooling, you can begin preparing the filling for the tarts. Grabbing your room temperature, softened cream cheese, best it with your electric mixer on medium speed until the cream cheese is smooth in texture. Blend in the lemon zest with the lemon juice into the cream cheese, and add the ½ cup of granulated sugar. Carefully, beat the mixture until everything is completely blended. Taking a spatula, gently fold in the heavy whipping cream, which has been whipped, into the mixture. Be sure to get everything mixed well.

Once your tarts are cooled, spoon about five tablespoons of the mixture into each tart shell, or until they are filled completely. Take some plastic wrap, and gently cover your tarts. Place the tarts in your refrigerator to chill anywhere from 4 to 24 hours. Since these require such a long chill time, you can easily make them the day before to ensure that they are getting completely chilled before serving.

Serving

Once your tarts have chilled, you can remove them from the refrigerator, and prepare your berries. Since this recipe calls for strawberries, you can wash and slice them, placing them in a bowl. Take one tablespoon of granulated sugar, mixing the sugar in with the strawberries. Carefully, spoon the berries onto each of the tarts just before serving them to your guests. This tart can be considered a cake or pie since it is eaten in much the same way. The strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries can be fresh or frozen, though fresh provide the best spring flavor to your dessert.

Conclusion

When the springtime comes around, serving delicious treats is a great way to entertain guests and bring the seasonal flavors to your kitchen. Some of the best spring flavors are berries, which is why this strawberry tart is ideal for spring celebrations, dinner parties, or other events. Similar to a cake, these tarts are pleasantly sweet and delectable at the same time.

 

About Sydney

My name is Sydney and I am an editor at CakeJournal. I spend most of my time finding every excuse test out new baking recipes. I write about everything from cake recipes to fun baking projects to vegan baking. If you can’t get a hold of me I am probably out at a restaurant or in the kitchen!

 

 

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