Monday, September 15, 2008
Made these minis after noticing the luscious abundance of champagne grapes available at my heartland mart. Added the strawberries which happened to be in stock in my fridge. I made banana pastry cream as a twist.
1/4 cup icing sugar
50g ground almonds
Work out the above ingredients into a dough. Press into a tartlet mould and use a fork to prick holes onto the pastry.
This is to prevent the dough from puffing up during baking. Bake blind in a preheated 180 degrees oven for 15 - 20 mins or till golden brown. Cool on wire rack and remove pastry cases from the moulds. If not using immediately, store them in an airtight container.
Banana Pastry Cream
2 tbsp custard powder
100ml banana-flavoured milk
100ml heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
Whisk egg, sugar and custard powder till smooth. Scald the milk and heavy cream in another saucepan . Slowly add to the egg mixture, whisking all the time. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and under low heat, stir continuously till it thickens to a prefered consistency, adding the vanilla along the way. Cool. To set aside, line a cling wrap directly onto the surface of the pastry cream to prevent a crust forming on its surface.
Pipe pastry cream into cooled pastry tarletts.(u may also brush the insides of the pasty tartletts with melted chocolate first - to prevent sogginess) Arrange champagne grapes, strawberries or any prefered fruit of yr choice. Brush with warmed apricot glaze.