November 22, 2017
For Christmas or summertime sweet treat inspiration, try these two alternatives, using zesty creme fraiche and fresh summer strawberries. They look impressive and are so easy to make (even make them ahead of time and put them together an hour or so before you need them). We bake our own almond sweet pastry but you could use store bought. Ideally, you would also bake your own meringues (see our previous meringue recipe). But, if you are too busy this Christmas, find a high quality ready made meringue - we used The Herb & Spice Mill Vanilla Wheel Meringues (found in many of our Christmas Gourmet Gift Hampers).
Strawberry Creme Fraiche & Lemon Zest Tarts
1 cup plain flour
1 Tbspn ground almonds
3 Tbspns castor sugar
75 g cold butter (diced)
a few drops of lemon juice
3 - 4 tsp cold water
Creme Fraiche & Lemon Zest Filling
1 cup creme fraiche
2-3 Tbspns icing sugar (more or less, depending on your personal preference for sweetness)
the zest of 1 lemon - use a lemon zester or grate the lemon (try not to grate the white lemon pith)
1 drop of natural vanilla essence.
Mix the above ingredients together. You can use the mixture immediately but the lemon flavour improves overnight (store in an airtight container in the fridge).
Assembling the Tarts
Place spoonfuls of creme fraiche mixture into the pastry cases. Add thinly sliced strawberries to the top and sprinkle with icing sugar (optional). Serve within 1-2 hours of assembling the tarts. Store the tarts in the fridge and remove from the fridge about 30 minutes prior to serving.
Add dollops of the creme fraiche mixture to the top of meringues for a sweeter dessert. Try our previous meringue recipe, or use store bought meringues. For this recipe, we used The Herb & Spice Mill Vanilla Meringues - delicious and perfect for Christmas Day and summer BBQs.
The Gift Loft Christmas Gourmet Hampers that include Vanilla Meringues
The Gourmet Christmas Sweet & Savoury Gift Basket
Le Creuset Heritage Dish & Christmas Food Gift Hamper
The Christmas Gourmet Food Gift Basket with Christmas Fruit Cake
No Dried Fruit Gourmet Sweet & Savoury Food Hamper
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