Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mini Lemon and Raspberry Tarts

These little gems are one of the easiest dessert/finger food/appetizers ever. All you need is 4 ingredients and off you go - assembling is pretty much the only thing required. And they are yummy. Win win. I made these for a book club I hosted last week. I tried for English high tea sorts of foods since the book was set in England and talks about what they are having for tea constantly. So the spread included these mini tarts, cucumber sandwiches, and McVities Bites (aka Royal Groom's Cake Bites).

Mini Lemon and Raspberry Tarts

premade mini tart shells (I found them in my grocery store's baking isle)
lemon pie filling or lemon curd
raspberries
red currant jelly

Spoon some lemon pie filling into a gallon size ziplock and snip one corner so you can squeeze a dollop of lemon filling into each mini tart shell (this is the easiest way, but you could also spoon the lemon filling in). Place one raspberry in the middle of each tart. Heat about 1/2 cup of red currant jelly in a saucepan until melted. With a 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon, spoon a little melted red currant jelly over the raspberry in each tart - it makes it glisten and also adds more sweetness. Serve right away or refrigerate for up to 2 hours before serving.