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Berry tartlets with cream cheese frosting

Berry tartlets with cream cheese frosting

These tartlets look like they belong in a fancy pastry shop, but they definitely don’t require the skills of a pastry chef.

Rachel Khoo

Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: London

BBC Lifestyle

Ingredients

• 175g puff pastry
• 2-3 tbsp sugar

Cream cheese frosting:

• 90g soft butter
• 90g cream cheese
• 125g icing sugar

To serve:

• selection fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries etc)
• icing sugar, for dusting (optional)

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Dust the work surface with sugar and roll out the pastry to a landscape rectangle (roughly 20cm x 15cm). Dust with sugar and roll with the rolling pin to press the sugar in. Tightly roll it (the longer side horizontal).
  3. Cut the roll into six equal-sized pieces. Take one piece and place it spiral-side up into a muffin tin. Use your thumb to push the dough outwards evenly to coat the inside, until it reaches the top of the muffin hole. Repeat with the rest of the spirals.
  4. Prick the base of each one with a fork, then line with baking paper and add ceramic baking beans to each.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes with the beans, then remove and return to the oven for the centres to cook for a further 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from the muffin tins immediately (otherwise they caramelise and stick). Leave to cool before decorating.
  7. Beat together the butter and the icing sugar, then whip lightly. Beat in the cream cheese until well blended.
  8. To assemble, dollop the frosting onto the tartlet bases, decorate with berries and dust with icing sugar (optional).