Delicious fresh tarts make an ideal dessert to share with friends.

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Difficulty: Intermediate Prep time 40 min Cook time 20 min Rest time 1 hour Total time 2 hrs
Servings: 12



Pastry cream


  1. Gather all your ingredients


  1. Egg and powdered sugar

    First, we begin beating the egg with the powdered sugar in a bowl.

  2. Add butter

    Then we gradually add the butter (or margarine), which must be chilled in the fridge.

  3. Salt, baking powder, flour

    Now we add the pinch of salt, 1/2 tsp of baking powder, and the flour until the dough is workable but does not stick to your hands. Wrap your dough in plastic film and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

  4. Roll dough

    On a floured surface roll out your dough with a rolling pin to about 1/2 cm thick. Use a glass or a round mold to cut the dough for your tarts.

  5. Form

    Form your tarts, giving it the desired shape in a non-stick pan.

  6. Bake

    Bake your tart shells in a preheated oven to 180°C for 20 minutes. They should be lightly browned. Take them out to cool.

Pastry cream

  1. Prepare milk, lime zest, and cinnamon stalk

    Bring to boil 200 ml of milk, the lime zest, and the cinnamon stalk in a pot. Then take it off the heat and cover it. Wait for it to cool, then remove the cinnamon stalk.

  2. Combine yolks, sugar, milk, and cornstarch

    Meanwhile, in a bowl mix the egg yolks and sugar. Add the rest of the milk (20 ml) and the cornstarch and mix until well combined.

  3. Combine milk with mixture

    Now we take the milk we boiled before and incorporate it into the mix, stirring constantly.

  4. Thicken

    Put your mixture back into the pot to cook on high heat. Continue whisking until it thickens, and it has no lumps.

  5. Cool

    It should become thick. Take off the heat and cover to prevent the top from drying out. Leave to cool.

  6. Serve

    It is time to plate. Add your pastry cream to your tart shells, and on top place your sliced strawberries, kiwi, or your choice of fruit. It will keep in the fridge for up to a week.


The dough and the pastry cream can be safely stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Keywords: pastry cream, tarts

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