Flaky Pastry Fruit Tarts
ready in 1 hr 5 min.
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsps water
- flour (for work surface)
- 1 sheet frozen Puff pastry thawed (half 475 g |17 oz package)
- 3 cups fresh Strawberries (washed and wiped dry, hulled and sliced 1/4-inch thick)
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¾ cup Mascarpone (may substitute softened cream cheese)
- 3 Tbsps granulated sugar
- 2 tsps fresh Orange juice
- ½ tsp finely grated Orange zest
- 2 Tbsps Strawberry Jam
- 1 Tbsp water
If you choose, you can make 8 individual tarts. This tart is delicious served with vanilla ice cream
Preheat the oven to 400ºF / 200ºC. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, beat the egg with the water until frothy.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry to a large rectangle, about 14 by 8-inches. With a small, sharp knife, lightly score the outer 3/4-inch edge of each side. Using a pastry brush, brush this outer edge with the egg wash. Fold the outer edge over onto the dough to make a border, pressing gently to adhere. Brush the top lightly with the egg wash. With a fork, prick the inner base of the tart. Place on a prepared baking sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Bake the pastry shell until light golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
In a small bowl, beat the cream to soft peaks. In a medium bowl, beat together the mascarpone, sugar, orange juice, and orange zest until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream. Spread the cream mixture evenly over the bottom of the tart shell. Arrange the berries artfully over the top.
In a small bowl, whisk the jam and water until the jam is smooth and a spreadable consistency. Using a pastry brush, lightly glaze the top of the berries with the jam.
Slice the tart into 8 portions and serve.