Jam Tartlets {For Mum}

 Prep Time : 10 + 20 Minutes | Cook Time : 20 Minutes | Total Time : 3 hours | Difficulty : Easy

Hello my lovelies! We are a bit back to front this week. Baking first and preserving second. Sometimes that’s how things work out. This recipe is simple but comes out cute and special. Perfect to make with little-ish ones to treat Mum. The dough is easy to make with a food processor. Then it’s just rolling out and cutting shapes and scooping jam. No sweat. Use any jam you have or like. I used a few different kinds for a bit of variety. And let’s be honest it photographs well. My Mum lives in a different city so I will eat these and think of her. You should actually give them to yours…

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Birthday Tart {Peanut Butter Caramel + Chocolate Fudge Tart}

 Prep Time : 60 Minutes, divided | Cook Time : 40 Minutes | Total Time : 5 hours | Difficulty : Easy


Hello my lovelies! I know I know you think I’m lying about the easy part. I’M NOT. This is a fancy looking (and amazing tasting) tart that is made up of 3 easy peasy components. You just gotta do them in order. And you can spread them out. Tart shell the night before. Peanut butter caramel with a spare 15 mins. Chocolate fudge a bit later on. So long as it can spend 2 hours in the fridge with all its layers on before serving you’re good to go! A couple of weeks before birthdays of my nearest and dearest I ask them what cake they want. Two birthdays in and it’s been all about the tart. At this rate there’ll be no cake at all. In January I made my best gal Jenn a Black Forest Frangipane Tart. And this week I made my snugbug this fabulous creation. I was asked for a chocolate and caramel tart. Of course we had to level it up with peanut butter. And you can make this with stuff you probably already have in the cupboard. No running out for special ingredients. Let’s make a tart!

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Blueberry, Cream Cheese + Mint Crostatas

 Prep Time : 10 + 20 Minutes | Cook Time : 30 Minutes | Total Time : 3 hours | Difficulty : Moderate

Blueberry Cream Cheese + Mint Crostatas-11

I know, I know it’s like blueberry-palooza up in here but they’re just soooo good. And despite NZ exporting them by the tonne, they are ridiculously expensive here apart from a narrow window in summer. It’s a good thing I have adorable parents that live in a hospitable climate who send me care packages of home-grown produce – they’re just the best! I’ve been putting my blueberry bounty to work in waffles and pies and on my morning muesli and now they are all gone! Sadface. The crostata is the lazy person’s pie, and once the pastry is done the rest is super easy. You can make these with other fruits, but be careful to choose things that aren’t going to release too much liquid.

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Blueberry + Lemon Custard Tart

 Prep Time : 1 Hour | Cook Time : 20 + 10 Minutes | Total Time : 3 Hours | Difficulty : Moderate

Blueberry + Lemon Custard Tart

So gentle readers, this is the first recipe adapted from my adventures through Patisserie in an attempt to improve my overall skill and technique. It was a huge success – none of this clearly family sized tart made it to work because TWO of us ate the whole thing in TWO DAYS.  It has fruit in it, so it’s like totally not that bad… The pastry will seem difficult at first but just keep kneading and it will magically transform – trust me! It is an excellent tart pastry that is delicious and robust and will take all kinds of fillings and even stand up to custard which can make other crusts soggy. It is now a staple recipe for me and you should get to know it too. And now, IT’S TIME FOR PIE! Man, I’m shouting a lot today – I just get excited about pie…

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Roasted Cherry Tomato + Mascarpone Tartlets

 Prep Time : 45 + 30 Minutes | Cook Time : 30 Minutes | Total Time : 2 hours | Difficulty : Moderate

Roasted Cherry Tomato + Mascarpone Tartlets

Hello my lovelies! It’s so lovely to see you all again – thanks for hanging around! It’s so good to be back in the kitchen, it’s like taking a deep breath of fresh air. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and got to stuff themselves silly with treats and good times. I know that January is the time for healthy resolutions, but all the recipes and pictures of super-healthy smoothies around at the moment just make me want cookies. I swear I can’t be the only one….

Today we are talking tarts. Little tarts with big flavour that are perfect for summer entertaining! These tarts are also a great example of re-purposing an existing recipe to make something special – a favourite trick of mine. The tart shells are made of the seeded cracker dough from a little while back – they make an amazing flavourful base for savoury fillings. While these tartlets might seem complicated, they’re really only a few simple parts joined together – you just need to take it a step at a time!

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Quince + Vanilla Bean Frangipane Tart

 Prep Time : 1 hour | Cook Time : 45 Minutes | Total Time : 4 hours | Difficulty : Fiddly

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This tart was made possible by my amazing dad. My parents grow quinces in the Waikato region and the other week I said “send me some”. Well. Quinces don’t travel well unless…. you send them in a hand-made wooden box by courier, which he did! They arrived in perfect condition even if I had to improvise to unscrew the lid at the office.

So this wonderful aromatic, fruity, buttery tart is for my dad – whose birthday it is today – maybe mum will make you one!

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Rustic Vegetarian Pies

 Prep Time : 1 Hour | Cook Time : 30 Minutes | Total Time : 2 1/2 Hours | Difficulty : Moderate

Rustic Vegetarian Pies

The pie is a glorious thing. There are so many sweet and savoury variations and almost every cuisine has their own take – all of which are delicious. As you can tell I am a lifelong fan of the pie. These super satisfying rough’n’tumble ones are packed with vegetables and tasty enough to convert the most dedicated carnivore.

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