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Mini blueberry tarts

You can make these pastry tartlets well in advance and keep them in the freezer

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22 DECEMBER 2010

Ingredients (makes 24)

For the pastry

  • 225g/8oz plain flour
  • 40g/1½ oz icing sugar
  • 40g/1½ oz caster sugar
  • 175g/6oz butter, chilled and cut into small dice
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 1 small orange

For the filling
  • 25g/1oz caster sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125g/4½ oz blueberries
  • 75g/3oz cream cheese
  • Icing sugar, to decorate

Method

First make the pastry. Sift the flour and sugars into a mixing bowl. Rub the butter into the flour mix t u r e w i t h yo u r fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Mix the orange rind with the juice and stir them into the flour mixture with a table knife until a dough starts to form. Using your hands, shape the dough into a ball, cover with clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 220°C, 425°F, Gas 7 and lightly grease a 24-hole mini-muffin tin.

For the filling, mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Rinse the blueberries, shaking off the excess water, and stir them into the sugar and spice mix to coat.

Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface. Using a 7.5cm/3in fluted pastry cutter, make 24 rounds and use them to line the muffin-tin holes.

Spoon ½ tsp of cream cheese into each pastry case and top with a few blueberries, pushing them into the cream cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes until the pastry is golden. Leave to rest in the tin for about 5 minutes before turning out.

Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve warm.

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