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Summer Fruit Tartlets – Vegan

Recipe: Vegan Summer Fruit Tartlets (with cherries, mangoes, bananas and pears)
Yield from crust: About 18 1.5″ tartlets and two 7″tarts

The Crust – Common for both the tartlets:
Ingredients:
Flour = APF – 1 cup + Whole wheat pastry flour – 3/4 cup + Fine rice flour – 1tbsp.
Very cold water – 1-2tbsp.
Cold organic soy milk (I used Silk) – 3-4tbsp.
Vegan butter (I used Meadows Lea) – 3tbsp.
Coconut Oil (I used Parachute) – 2 tbsp.
Powdered sugar – About 7tsps.
(The above are approximate measurements – for a healthier crust recipe look up my chocolate tart base)

Method:
Sieve the flours together with sugar to form a homogeneous mixture.

Add the butter and mix together to a crumbly texture. Add the oil and do the same.

Now add 3 tbsps. of cold soy milk and a tbsp. of cold water and keep gathering and pressing the flour to form a soft but stiff (I am not sure how to put that!) dough. Add the remaining milk and water only if needed.

Wrap in a cling film and refrigerate for about 10minutes while preparing the filling.

The filling:
For the cherry tarts – I made 6 ringed tartlets and one 7″ tart
200gms firm ripe cherries, rinsed and pitted
Cornstarch – 1-2 tsps.
Juice from 1/2 a lime.
Caster sugar – 1 tsp. (As per taste)

Equipment:
Tart tin or tartlet rings (mine measure about about 1.5inches in diameter)
Method:
Halve the cherries and mix with the rest of the ingredients and keep aside.

Baking:
Remove the dough and let it thaw a little if too stiff. Stiff dough will crumble into pieces while rolling.

Pinch half the dough and roll out into a thin circle between two sheets of thick plastic (I still cannot roll out without these!).

Stamp out rounds with the rings to line the bottom and cut out strips as high as your ring from the rest of the circle. Line the rings on the sides too.

Mark with a fork on the base and blind bake the tartlets in a preheated oven at 150 deg. Cel. for 10 minutes till the base and sides are done.

Remove the weight or beans and fill with the prepared cherry filling and bake further till the cherry gets stewed – about 5minutes. The 7″ tart takes more time to bake. Please check.

Cool and serve just plain or topped with cream. We had it plain – it brings out the taste of the fruits this way.

II. Summer Fruit Filling: (I made 12 tartlets and one 7″ tart)
The next day I used all the fruits as there were only 2 or 3 cherries left.
1 mango (kesar) – peeled
1 small elaichi banana
1 ripe pear
2-3 cherries

Dark chocolate sauce made with 2 cubes of dark chocolate melted with a tsp. of oil and a few drops of hot water.


Method for the filling:

Cut of the cheeks of the mango. Slice them thin or stamp out thin cylinders and slice into thin circles like I did.

Chop the pear into very small pieces.

Elaichi bananas are very thin and sweet. I cut them into thin circles.

Cherries – Pit and chop

Chat masala – just a pinch (Substitute 1/2 a lime instead if not available)
Caster sugar – 1/2 tsp.

Brush the baked tartlets/tart with a thin layer of chocolate sauce. Top with the mixed fruits randomly or arrange them neatly. Top with a little chocolate sauce and bake for 5-7 minutes for tartlets and 15minutes for the tart.

The tartlets were just an inch or so each and gone in one bite of crisp biscuit and oozy fruit and chocolate. Would you call this a dessert? I thought they were appetizers!

For those who would like to use puff pastry sheets check out the recipes here. I haven’t tried them but they have to be good.

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Harini is a vegan food photographer, writer and recipe developer. She also loves feeding birds, reading, watching crime thrillers, and travelling amongst other things.

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  • Sonu

    Hi Harini, Thanks for dropping by at my blog. 🙂 And sorry for delayed reply.
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    Your blog is rocking. Keep visiting to my place. 🙂

  • summer fruits

    these tartlettes are so delicious and lovely i like the shape especially

  • Simran

    Lovely tarts! I am so sad the cherries are going away so soon.

  • Raaga

    so cute!

  • Lakshmi Venkatesh

    As usual looks yummy. Nice presentation. yet to start my baking here.

  • Sunshinemom

    Preeti, I am glad you liked the chocolate tarts. These are lighter too, so more chances of trying:).

    Shri, I mailed you regarding this. Yes, you can substitute puff pastry sheets. See similar recipes on here.

    Aparna, for more than once, I envy you being there in Goa with the sun and sand!

    Thanks everyone!

  • Soma

    Cute & wonderful. the smaller size makes me want more & i think i would not want to share these with any one. LOL one cherry per person… no you are not cruel, esp. when u did something so GREAT with those!

  • Varsha Vipins

    these are cute pretty tartlets harini..loved it..:)

  • Susan

    Love that deep-dish crust – very stylish.

  • veggie belly

    this looks perfect for entertaining! very pretty!

  • Vaishali

    Summer's certainly the time for fruit desserts. I just posted a peach-berry cobbler. I love your dainty little tarts. They look perfect.

  • Aparna

    I did tell you these were looking very good.
    They're easier to make than cakes for sure, and I like them better too.

    For once, something is a bit cheaper in Goa. I bought cherries for Rs. 100 a box!

  • Shri

    Great Tarts!Can we substitute the pastry sheets…?

  • Shama Nagarajan

    yummy tart…lovely

  • Khaugiri

    Wow Harini, Tarts are looking awesome…. I tried your chocolate tarts and it was very nice……will try this too

  • Sunshinemom

    Thanks all!

    Gita, do try and let me know:)

    Peachkins, we gluts had it for bites and appetizers:) he he!

    Prathibha, that cherry was one of the few red ones and it is dark because it has been dipped in chocolate sauce, ha ha:) I did not think that was important enough to mention but now I do:). I too got sweet but not red cherries!

    Sudeshna, I am not sure whether that can be done in cooker, but you could mould them into tartlettes and then deep fry carefully like shankarpali. That will work but it will also be higher in fat content!

  • Sudeshna

    The tarts look delicious, I hope I could get one. Is there any other way to bake tarts without a baking oven? I don't have one,and my microwave is an old one without convection

  • Prathibha

    wow those cherries look yummy..I always get the white n pinkish ones..never got those dark marooned ones…thats a lovely tart.I liked the shape especially.

  • Ann

    Ha,they look so cute and yummy.perfect tartlets..great clicks as usual !!

  • ?peachkins?

    These tartlettes are lovely. Great dessert after a good meal.

  • Gita

    Love your vegan tartlets…I do have some cherries lying in fridge…I can try this today 🙂

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