Did I mention I make other baked goodies than just cakes?
My friend Phung's friend Bambi wanted a lighter alternative to a rich cake for her special birthday party - fruit tarts! What can possibly be a more perfect, colorful, festive substitute to a birthday cake?
The crispy, crumbly tart shells were coated with a very thin layer of bittersweet chocolate and then filled with vanilla bean infused pastry cream. The chocolate does not only add an extra layer of flavor, but also keeps the tart shell crispy and fresh longer. The tart was topped with a heaping amount of various summer fruit: mango, kiwi, strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, and grapes. Finally, the fruit on top got a very light coating of apricot glaze to keep them pretty and shiny.
I made four of these 8" tarts to feed Bambi's hungry guests. I had a ton of fun making these tarts and working with the fruit, arranging them in different patterns. Seeing the pretty, colorful end product made me very very happy. Thanks guys!