Forest Fruit Mini-Tarts

Those of you who follow me on Instagram might remember that I bought these adorable little pastry tins a few weeks ago. I’ve been wanting to use them ever since, and last night while I was lying in bed I came up with the idea for a perfect recipe to use them for. Tiny tarts with all sorts of yummy berries! Oh, and pastry cream, because who doesn’t love pastry cream?

I’m pretty darn proud of myself for making these, to be honest. They look absolutely adorable, and they taste even better (if that’s possible). These tartlets are great as a dessert when you’re having friends over for dinner you want to impress. If you don’t want to share them with your friends or family — not to worry! They’re also great with a nice cup of tea. Or as a late lunch, which I may or may not have used one of them for.

The recipe has quite a lot of steps (in comparison to most of my other recipes), but don’t let that scare you away! These are actually quite easy to make, they just take a little bit of time. You can use both fresh or frozen fruit. I still had a bunch of frozen fruit in my freezer, so I just used that. Still delicious!Β I just can’t stop staring at these pictures, to be honest, which is pretty stupid, because I’ve got the real thing here to be looking at as well. They just look so good!

There’ll be quite a bit of dough leftover probably, but I didn’t want to mess around with “half an egg yolk” kind of measurements, because that’s just annoying. You could use the leftover dough for another little tart, but keep in mind that you most likely won’t have any pastry cream leftover.

I hope these tiny tarts will make you as happy as they made me if you decide to make them!


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Pear and Berry Crumble and a Birthday

I turned 21 on Tuesday, and of course I needed to bake something for the occasion. What’s a birthday without some home made sweetness to munch on? I had a lovely dinner with my parents, grandparents and aunt on Monday, and made an absolutely delicious crumble for dessert. It included all kinds of berries and a couple of pears. Read on for the recipe!

P1010740On Tuesday I celebrated my birthday with a few of my closest friends. They came over for dinner, and of course this called for another really great dessert. I had already figured out what I wanted to make a couple of weeks ago. It was something really simple but also really pretty andΒ so tasty. I made a couple of brownies (recipe) in my muffin tin, added a perfect scoop of vanilla ice cream, and topped if off with some chocolate sauce and a fresh raspberry. One of my friends is lactose intolerant, so I bought raspberry sorbet for her, which also tasted really good. I was pretty proud of how it turned out to look!

P1010743One last birthday related thing I want to share with you all is two of the presents I received. I’ve talked about how much I love Roald Dahl’sΒ Matilda a couple of times before, and about how I still wanted a nice English edition of the book… Guess what my parents gave me? A really gorgeous edition! And my cousin got me a very nice book as well; a cookbook from The Hummingbird Bakery. I’ve already looked through it, and it features some absolutely mouthwatering recipes! I’ll definitely be trying some of those in the future.

Anyway, enough about my birthday. Let’s get on with the crumble recipe!

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