That was what I thought when I took my first bite… “O h , m y g o o d n e s s !”
I may not get full points for my pastry’s appearance, but we all know that looks don’t matter. It’s what’s inside that counts!
And what IS inside?
Lemon curd, and a delightfully sweet and creamy white chocolate/cream/cream cheese/icing sugar filling. The raspberries on the top were “the icing on the cake”, so-to-speak!
I had some pastry left over, and decided to be creative and finally do something with all these lovely raspberries that are around at the moment… I found a way of keeping raspberries (and white chocolate) in my kitchen for several days without eating them… Shall I reveal my secret?
Put them in the freezer!
(Out of sight, out of mind!)
Raspberry and White Chocolate Tarts
For 4 small tarts (about 12cm), you’ll need this pastry recipe, or some bought pastry cases:
- 65g plain flour
- 65g wholemeal flour
- pinch of salt
- 55g cold butter, cut into small pieces
Grease your pie dish(es). Sieve the flours and salt, and rub in the butter with fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add a little cold water – just enough to bind the mixture, and bring it together to form a firm dough. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for half an hour. Divide into four and roll out fairly thinly. Place in dishes, then put greaseproof paper and baking beans on top. Bake for about 8 minutes, remove the beans and paper and bake for about another 5 minutes, or until golden brown.
Mix together 75g cream cheese and 35g icing sugar. Melt 75g white chocolate with 1 tbsp cream. (Mind it doesn’t burn!) When cool, combine with the cream cheese mixture. Whip 1/2 cup cream and fold in.
Spread a little lemon curd on the base of your pastry cases. Pour the creamy filling over and chill for at least 4 hours.
Top with a few raspberries just before serving.
P.S. This recipe was devised with my blogging buddy Strawberryindigo in mind, whose Mum has got some beautiful raspberries in her garden begging to be combined with chocolate…. no, really – I could hear them. If you don’t believe me, take a look here!