Queen of Hearts Trio of Tarts

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Queen of Hearts Tarts, what a fab idea! Sadly this week I feel a bit like a jack of all trades, master of none. I decided to make a trio of tarts and I ended up not baking any of them as well as I planned. Oh well. thats baking I guess, although they look pretty sweet. I reckon the Queen of Hearts might have my head for these!

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I made Classic Strawberry Jam Tarts with a splash of Port and Black Pepper Crust, Strawberry and Lime Cheesecake Tartlets and my favourite, Strawberry, Rose and Marshmallow Tarts! 

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I made all the pastry cases from this 1 mix so it makes plenty of tarts! You'll need:

  • 200g butter, cubed
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • Drop of warm water if mix is too dry
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For all the jam fillings I used a basic pot of strawberry jam as a base and added the different flavours once heated up on the hob. This is a great way to make some unique flavoured jams and with Christmas around the corner I think this method makes a great personalised gift idea!

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To make the Strawberry, Rose and Marshmallow Tarts filling you'll need:

  • 1 cup of strawberry jam
  • 1/4 teaspoon of rose water (or more to taste)
  • Sprinkle of edible glitter
  • Jar of Marshmallow Fluff 
  • Red gel food colouring
  • Red rose petals
  • 1 egg white
  • Sugar

Bake the pastry heart cases for 8 mins at 190c or until slightly golden. 

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Make the strawberry and rose jam by heating up the jam in a pan and add the rose water. Give it a good stir, add the glitter and drop a small amount into each baked heart shaped pastry case. Allow to cool.

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To create the sugared petals grab yourself a red rose and pluck all the petals, he loves me, he loves me not.......

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Dip each petal into a whisked up an egg white, then into the sugar and leave each petal to dry.

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Volia! Tasty, easy and adorable decoration!

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To create the red lines in the piping bag simply pull the bag inside out and paint 4 stripes down the tip using your red gel food colouring. Flip the bag back and spoon some of the Marshmallow Fluff into a piping bag.

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Ideally I should have made some meringue and piped that but I was feeling pretty lazy so used the "fluff." Pipe onto the cooled jam and place a sugared petal into each tart!

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These were my favourite tarts and they look really cute, perfect for a tea party!

To make the Classic Strawberry Jam Tarts with a splash of Port and Black Pepper Crust you'll need:

  • 1 cup of strawberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon of Port
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cracked black pepper for topping
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Make the strawberry and port jam the same way you made the strawberry and rose water jam. Spoon a little jam into the pastry hearts (I didn't blind bake them first.)

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Use some of the pastry for the heart topping and add the cracked black pepper, trust me, pepper goes really well with strawberries. Cut out little hearts and place on the tarts.

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Bake for 10-12 mins at 190c or until golden brown.

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I may have overfilled them as some of the jam oozed out while in the oven, tastes nice though!

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They look a bit like Alice made them for the Queen but with the splash of port these are defiantly for adults only.

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To make the Strawberry and Lime Cheesecake Tartlets you'll need:

  • 250g cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 25g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 25g whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup of plain flour
  • 1 cup of strawberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice

For decoration:

  • Gold shimmer spray
  • Red sugar sprinkles

Mix the cream cheese, sugar, butter, egg, whipping cream and flour together to make the cheesecake base. I blind baked the round pastry cases for 8 mins at 190c or until slightly golden. Fill the cases with the cheesecake mix. Make the strawberry and lime jam by heating up the jam in a pan and add the lime juice. Spoon a small amount of the jam into the centre of the tart and using a tooth pick, score a line down the centre to create a heart shape.

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Bake the cheesecakes for about 10 mins at 200c but keep an eye on them as they burn really quickly! To decorate I used the gold shimmer spray to cover up any burnt bits and sprinkled on a small amount of the red sugar sprinkles.

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The gold and red makes them look pretty regal I think!

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Tarts fit for a Queen!