A twist on regular fruit tarts — the crust is actually a cookie!
1/2 recipe Cookie Dough
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Pinch of salt
2 cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Your desired fruit
Fresh mint leaves
Confectioner's sugar, for dusting (optional)
Let's get Cooking...
Place the egg yolks in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Place the sugar, cornstarch and salt in a pot and set to medium heat. Slowly add the milk while whisking. Cook until it begins to bubble and thicken, about 5 minutes.
Pour 1/3 of the mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Pour the egg yolk mixture back into the pot and whisk until the pastry cream comes to a boil and thickens, about 2-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla.
Pour the pastry cream into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface. Refrigerate until chilled and firm, about 2 hours. If the cream is too thick or lumpy after refrigerating, microwave for 30 seconds - 1 minute, then place it in a blender and pulse a few times until smooth.
Roll the dough out on a floured surface until it's 1/8 inch-thick. Cut out circles with an 11 centimeter round cookie cutter. Press them into the bottom and sides of a regular-sized muffin tin. Place the muffin tin in the freezer for 15 minutes for the dough to stiffen.
Bake at 350F for 10 minutes, until the edges are golden. Allow the tarts to fully cool in the pan, then gently remove them from the tin with the edge of a butter knife.
Place the pastry cream in a piping bag fitted with a large, round tip. Fill the tart shells with the pastry cream and top with your desired fruit and sprigs of fresh mint.
If you like, dust some confectioner's sugar on top to make them extra pretty. Enjoy!