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Surprise Your Mom with These Mouth-Watering Mini Fruit Tarts - The Perfect Mother's Day Gift!


Mother's Day is just around the corner, and what better way to show your love and appreciation than by making a homemade gift? These mini fruit tarts are not only delicious, but they're also beautiful and easy to make. With a buttery crust, creamy filling, and fresh fruit toppings, these tarts are sure to impress. Follow these simple steps to create a sweet treat that your mom will love.

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1-2 tablespoons ice water

For the filling:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

For the toppings:

  • Assorted fresh fruit (such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, and mango)
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and sugar. Add chilled butter and use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Add the egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of ice water to the mixture and stir until the dough comes together. Add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed.
  3. Form the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  5. Roll out the chilled dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/8 inch thickness. Use a round cookie cutter or a glass to cut out circles of dough and place them in a mini muffin tin. Prick the bottom of each tart with a fork.
  6. Bake the tart shells for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Let them cool completely.
  7. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. In a separate bowl, beat heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  8. Fill each tart shell with the cream cheese mixture using a spoon or a piping bag.
  9. Arrange the fresh fruit on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  10. In a small saucepan, heat apricot jam and water over low heat until the jam is melted and smooth. Brush the jam mixture over the fruit to glaze.
  11. Chill the mini fruit tarts in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

These mini fruit tarts are not only delicious but also a beautiful gift that your mom will love. The buttery crust, creamy filling, and fresh fruit toppings make for a perfect combination of flavors and textures. Plus, they're easy to make and can be customized with your mom's favorite fruits. Give this recipe a try and show your mom how much you love her on Mother's Day!

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