Monday, July 6, 2009

Summer Fruit Tart

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!


  1. Delicious! I was amazed on how they turned out. Once I bit into it, I immediately texted Ji and told her how wonderful they turned out. Keep up what you love doing, you will get far in life with it. =)

  2. thank you sooo much Ji. Everyone raved at how delicious these tarts were and actually they were so delicious i hide one and saved it just for myself when i got home. my mother side of the family who are mostly diabetic loved how it was just the right amount of sweetness. it wasn't too much or too little and the plethora of fruits on top made it even better. thank you so much for making me the best birthday cakes ever!

  3. wow Ji!!! that looks just delicious!!!

  4. thanks guys for encouraging comments :)
    they mean a lot to me!

  5. i got to have a mini-tart myself that ji made w/ some leftover ingredients - sooo yummy!!! and they look beautiful too :)

  6. let me take photos of your food!!

  7. all look so yummy.
    hope you could make one for us too.
    love you. smart and talented daughter.

    mom and daddy