These sweet Strawberry Tarts are a perfect summer treat that your guests are sure to enjoy. It is also a fantastic way to use up leftover summer strawberries in a way that preserves their intense, fruity flavor.
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Strawberry tarts are one of those desserts that usually crop up at tea shops and fancy restaurants in the summer months. Unfortunately, few people choose them, let alone make it themselves, because it seems like it is nothing more than some sweet strawberries in a tart shell.
This recipe, however, not only makes for a deliciously flavored strawberry filling but also uses some homemade cream cheese pastry shells as well.
Once all combined, each bite will have its own texture and flavor, and the strawberry taste won’t at all be diminished by the use of apple juice. Strangely enough, the tart acidity of apple juice helps to amplify the already intense fruitiness of the strawberries, so long as you use fresh strawberries whenever you can.
Strawberry Tarts Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.
Cream Cheese Pastry
• Cream Cheese Pastry
• White sugar
• Apple juice
• Fresh strawberries
How To Make Strawberry Tarts
Cream Cheese Pastry
• Prepare one batch of cream cheese pastry
• In a medium saucepan, mix together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt with a whisk
• Stir in the apple juice and cook, constantly stirring until the mixture is smooth and thick, about 3 minutes
• Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes, and then take your pre-baked tart shells and spread a small amount of the glaze over the bottoms and sides of the shell
• Wash & hull your strawberries, and then arrange them in the tarts, slicing the berries to fit into the tarts if needed
•Spoon all of the remaining glaze over the berries in the tarts, covering them all completely
• Place them in a covered container in the fridge until ready to serve
• Before you serve them, garnish with whipped cream on the top
How To Easily Prepare & Hull Your Strawberries
Hulling strawberries is easily the most irritating part of any recipe using these delicious, tiny fruits.
Unlike larger fruits, they just don’t seem to cooperate when you try to remove their green tops. Thankfully, however, there are a few things you can do to make hulling your strawberries a little bit easier.
The easiest thing to do is to just ignore trying to hull them perfectly and just slice off the entire vine end of the strawberry.
This will result in a small amount of waste of useable fruit, though you can always snack on these little bits as you are cutting them.
If you do this, make sure that you buy a little bit of extra strawberries to make up for the loss in total useable fruit.
The other easy way to hull a strawberry is to use a very sharp and very small paring knife.
- Simply stick the knife just behind the green part (also known as the calyx) on the top of the strawberry while holding it very firmly at the base.
- Turn the strawberry in the direction of the sharp part of the blade, essentially using the knife as a sort of can opener. As long as you are gentle, you should find that the calyxes break off easily and with hardly any waste at all!
How To Prepare Some Delicious Whipped Cream For The Top
Whipped cream is one of the most versatile dessert toppings imaginable because it contributes a ton of texture and only a little bit of flavor. IN a way, it is almost like salt – it helps to enhance any dessert you put it on!
It is also super easy to make. Start out with some heavy whipping cream and whisk it as hard as you can.
If doing it by hand, it can easily take 10 minutes, but a simple electric powered stand mixer makes the whole thing way easier.
As it starts to thicken up and cling to the whisk, start to add in any desired flavorings. A little bit of powdered sugar and a dash of vanilla extract goes great in this, but you can also add in some cinnamon, cayenne pepper, or even some bourbon to really give it a kick!
Just make sure that you don’t add your flavorings in all at once – if you add them too quickly, you can expect the cream to break.
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- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Cook Time
- 3 minutes
- 12 Tarts
- Karlynn Johnston
Cream Cheese Pastry
- one batch Cream Cheese Pastry
- ⅔ cup white sugar
- 2 ½ Tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 pinch salt
- 3/4 cup apple juice
- 3 cups fresh strawberries
Cream Cheese Pastry
- Prepare one batch of cream cheese pastry
- In a medium saucepan mix the sugar, cornstarch, and salt with a whisk.
- Stir in the apple juice
- Cook over medium heat.
- Stir constantly until the mixture is smooth and thick, about 3 minutes
- Let it cool for 10 minutes.
- Take your pre-baked tart shells and spread a small quantity of the glaze over the bottoms and sides of the shells
- Take your washed and hulled fresh strawberries and arrange them in the tarts, slicing the berries to fit if needed
- Spoon the remaining glaze over the berries in the tarts, covering them well
- Place them in a covered container in the fridge until ready to serve.
- Before you serve them, garnish with whipped cream on top if desired.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.