Thursday, 27 August 2015

Ready Steady Bake... White Chocolate and Berry Tarts

Hands up, who watched The Great British Bake Off last night? And who else wished they had dessert in the house?

Sadly, these tarts are not worthy of GBBO.

Yes, they look great and they taste fantastic too but they are just to quick, simple and easy to grace our screens on a Wednesday night.

For a start... when I'm against the clock I buy my pastry cases from the shop rather than making my own. But lets face it, when you plan an impromptu meal with friends on a Friday night, there is no time for making pastry once you've finished work, prepped dinner, crashed around with the hoover and only have 2 hours in which to do it all. If I'm being honest, it will take something pretty special for me to make my own pastry now, especially when shop bought is as good as it is.

So, when you need a quick and easy dessert that will impress and taste even better then it looks, I urge you to try these White Chocolate and Mascarpone Berry Tarts.

And, in a final bid to convince you to make these, if you aren't already dying to make them this minute, they are a deliciously light dessert so for those health conscious amongst you that don't want a huge serving of dessert, a small tart is the perfect finish to a relaxed dinner with friends.

Pastry Tartlets (I use Tesco Finest)
80ml double cream
100 g white chocolate, chopped (I might start using dark chocolate as summer turns to Autumn!)
200 g mascarpone
raspberries to serve (or fruit of your choice,  I can also recommend strawberries and blueberries)

Remove the pastry tarts from their packaging - no rolling and chilling required here!
Heat the cream until it just comes to the boil. Allow to stand for a couple of minutes before adding the chocolate.
Let it stand for a further 2 minutes, stirring the chocolate in before adding the mascarpone.
Whisk until smooth.
Fill your tart cases with the white chocolate mixture and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until the filling is firm. Top with raspberries (or fruit of you choice) and serve.
If you want to go a little further for your guests (depends how much you like them) you can melt some dark chocolate and drizzle over the top.

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