Make the components of this strawberry tartlets recipe ahead of time for a special, yet quick dessert. And with a mini strawberry tart, you get the benefit of satisfying your sweet tooth without the guilt of a big dessert! 😉
I’ve said it before; I am all about mini desserts! My sweet tooth is assuaged without the guilt of a large treat. When a little bit of a post-dinner sweet is combined with the ease of this make-ahead dessert, then it is an even greater win!
My Williams-Sonoma Mini Tart Baking is my go-to when making mini tarts. Sadly, they no longer carry it. I’m confounded…this is such a handy little set! However, this this little tool paired with a mini-tart or cupcake pan work just fine.
You can bake these tartlet shells days in advance and refrigerate or freeze them until you need them.
I swing back and forth between adding dry beans as weights with this tart dough. Most of the time, I don’t feel I need to add the beans; but the dough will puff up while baking every once in a while. So, if you want to be on the safe side, then add some dry beans to the tarts before you pop them in the oven.
One tip, work your dough as little as possible. The more you work your dough, the more shrinkage you will get. This mini tart recipe suggests that you divide the dough into 3 pieces so that you will not need to work it as much for your second and third batch of tarts.
My fresh strawberry curd recipe is perfect for these strawberry tartlets. Strawberry powder makes the curd taste even fresher and more strawberry-ish.
Don’t be intimidated by the strawberry powder. Strawberry powder is simply ground-up dehydrated strawberries! I was able to find the dehydrated strawberries in the dried fruit section of my regular old grocery store. Trader Joe’s also carries freeze-dried strawberries, as does Amazon.
Make 3 cuts in your strawberry, from the bottom almost to the top where the stem is; then fan the 4 pieces out as you place it on top of your strawberry tartlets.
These delightful little strawberry tartlets are the perfect spring and summer mini-dessert. Consider them for your Easter dinner or Mother’s day! If you are putting together a Spring dessert board, add these strawberry curd tarts along with these Lemon Icebox Cookies and these Vanilla Teacakes.
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