Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Blueberry Cheese Tarts

Sweet crust pastry

100g butter

100g icing sugar

1 egg

225g plain flour


200g cream cheese

40g castor sugar

20g butter

1 small egg

20g whipping cream

15g plain flour

3 tbsp canned blueberry pie filling

To prepare the pastry

Combine flour, sugar, butter and egg in a food processor. Mix and blend until a smooth dough is formed. Put into a plastic bag or wrap in cling film. Chill in the refrigerator for 25–30 minutes.

When chilled, roll out pastry on a lightly floured tabletop. Cut out circles to fit tart moulds, then carefully line the greased moulds with the pastry. Press and trim the edges. Prick the base with a fork. Bake the cases blind in a preheated oven at 190°C for 5–6 minutes. Allow to cool.

To prepare the filling

Beat cream cheese, butter and sugar until light and smooth, then add the egg. Continue to cream until well blended. Mix in whipping cream until combined. Lightly stir in flour and mix until well incorporated.

Spoon the mixture onto the pre-baked tart shells. Add a little blueberry filling. Use a wooden satay skewer to swirl it to create a marble effect.

Bake the tarts at 200°C for about 10–13 minutes. Remove from the oven to cool a while before serving.

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