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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Valentine Berry Cutie Pies

February being the month of love and all, I've had my mind very much on baking treats for the man of my dreams hubster this weekend.

I do like to spoil him from time to time.

It's not all pasta and chocolate which he just adores hates . . . I do try to cook to please him now and then . . . well . . . if I am being honest, pretty much most of the time. They do say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach!

These little strawberry tarts are fabulously easy and look so impressive when done. Especially if you use my method of lining the tins, which I stole borrowed from my friend Julie, the PC consultant. It works really well with all sorts of things . . . cookie doughs, pastry, etc. (You haven't lived until you have made little chocolate chip cookie dough tartlettes, filled with dulce de leche and topped with a dab of chocolate buttercream icing. Scrummo!)

Anyways, I digress.

Little strawberry tarts. Butter pastry. Sweet strawberry, jam and lime filling. Topped with a cute little heart.

The Toddster loved them! (with some squirtie cream) I am thinking though that a bit of clotted cream would not have gone amiss . . .

*Valentine Berry Cutie Pies*
Makes 24 mini muffin sized pies
Printable Recipe

Dainty delicious little pies, perfect for a little tete a tete with the one you love.

butter for buttering the pan
12 ounces strawberries
2 tsp cornflour
2 TBS strawberry jam
the finely grated zest of 2 limes (I use my microplane fine grater)
1 pound of all butter pastry, or ready made sweet shortcrust pastry, chilled
a little plain flour for dusting

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Lightly butter a 24 section mini muffin tin (pampered chef makes one) or two 12 hole mini muffin pans. Set aside.

Roughly chop the strawberries. Put them in a mixing bowl and then gently stir in the cornflour, jam and lime zest.

This is how I do it: I pinch off walnut sized pieces of dough. Roll into balls and then press the balls into the muffin tins with my Pampered Chef Pastry press thingie, but you could also use the end of a rolling pin, or wooden spoon, floured, or in a real pinch, your thumbs.) Fill each little shell with a bit of the strawberry mixture. Roll out the remaining pastry to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into little shapes as you wish. (I cut mine into hearts) Place one shape on top of each tart.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool in the tins for about 10 minutes before loosening with the tip of a knife and transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

If desired dust with some icing sugar to serve. (I forgot to do this before I took the pictures!) Share them with your honeybun.

No Mitzie . . . I'm afraid they are not good for little dog's waistlines . . . no matter how cute the little dog may be.

Baking in The Cottage today, some delicious Vanilla Glazed Apple Bars.


  1. these look so yummy and awesome, however.. any chance you'd share the recipe for : little chocolate chip cookie dough tartlettes, filled with dulce de leche and topped with a dab of chocolate buttercream icing. ???

    Just reading that made me drool all over my keyboard. My hubby is a HUGE cookie dough and dulce de leche fan and i'd love to make him a batch or two of those if possible.


  2. How delightfully delectable, I'm making these this spring when my granddaughter come to visit. They will love them. I am planing a tea party with them, their cousins, and some little girls from the neighborhood. Your tarts are perfect. Thanks you, Connie

  3. Cutie Pies are the perfect name for these! I have a mini muffin tin, now to find a tamping tool...Thanks Marie!

  4. Marie your love for Todd is just amazing, how lucky you two were to find each other, lovely tarts for a lovely couple,

  5. They are BERRY BERRY cutie pies..I love those small romantic looking desserts~

  6. These looks delicious! I can't wait to try them.

  7. These are so cute! What a delicate Valentine's treat :)

  8. These look so sweet and just perfect little romantic nibbles to present to that someone special!

  9. These are so sweet Marie! I make something similar, My Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts! Just for fun and because Malcolm likes the too! I can see why Todd loved those! Karen

  10. So pretty and I know they must taste good, too. Tried to leave a comment on Oak Cottage, but wasn't able to. Know that I am keeping your knees in my prayers!

  11. these do look delish Marie! I wish my sweetie wasn't so far away, maybe I'll make them for my girlfriends, they love when I bake! I have a wooden 'tart tamper' but when I'm in England and it's not with me I use the end of a wooden spoon, works great you're right! Keep it floured works even better.
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Yum! I make pecan tartlets like this. All the joy of pecan pie in a tasty little bite.

  13. Mini pies will always get my vote, they are just so cute and adorable. Especially with little love heart toppers ;0)

  14. Yesterday I made your glazed apple bars .... they are delicious!!!!!!!!
    I especially enjoyed that they were so easy to put together. Thanks so much for sharing your great recipes.


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