Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mini Fruit Tarts

One of my favorite cooking activities with kids are mini fruit tarts.  They are a perfect project for kids of all ages.  Kids get an opportunity to practice cutting, mixing and presentation. They are a great way to introduce new fruits  and best of all they can be eaten right after making them, no waiting necessary.


When choosing the fruit I keep in mind, who I am working with and what fruit is in season.  When working with the 4 year old kids in my daughter's preschool class I wanted them to work on cutting, so I chose fruit that would be easy for them to cut - strawberries, bananas, mango and kiwi were the answer.  I prepped the fruit before hand and cut everything into big pieces, with a flat size that would be easy for the kids to work with.

The filling and crust are just as versatile as the fruit.  This time I use leftover sugar cookie dough for the crust, but you can also use a pie dough, graham cracker crumbs or any sweet dough.  For the filling I used cream cheese lemon curd, but again this could be substituted   Any jam can be used in place of the lemon curd and a straight up pudding filling is always a favorite.


This is the perfect treat that gives kids the opportunity to create their own unique dessert that is a sweet treat for all!


Mini Fruit Tarts

    • 1 recipe sweet dough (sugar cookie or pie dough)
    • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 1/4 cup lemon curd (or any jam) - amount can be adjusted if you want more or less flavor
    • Assortment of fruit, cut into small bite sized pieces.
  • Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350
    2. Roll dough to 1/4" thick. Cut into rounds slightly larger than the cups of a mini muffin tin. Press a round of dough into each cup. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool.
    3. In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese and lemon curd. Stir until combined. Place mixture in a pastry bag.
    4. Fill each cup with lemon curd mixture, top with an assortment of fruit.