Puff Pastry Tart: Roll
out the puff pastry to fit an 14 x 4 inch (35 x 10 cm) tart pan. Gently
place the pastry into the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan. Prick
the bottom of the pastry with the tines of a fork. (If making individual
tarts roll the pastry into a 10 x 10 inch square (25 x 25 cm) and cut out four -
5 inch (12.5 cm) squares. Press each square into a 4 inch tart pan and
prick the bottoms of the puff pastry with the tines of a fork.) Cover and
refrigerate until well chilled (30 minutes to an hour.)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) and place the
rack in the center of the oven. Place the tart pan on a large baking
sheet and with a pastry brush, brush the puff pastry with the glaze. Bake
for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (177 degrees
C) and continue to bake the tart shell for a further 5 minutes, or until the shell
golden brown. Remove and place on a wire rack.
Set the oven to broil. Dust the edges of the puff
pastry with a thin layer of confectioners' (powdered or icing) sugar.
Place the tart shell under the broiler until the edges have caramelized. (Do
In a large bowl,
beat the mascarpone or cream cheese until fluffy and smooth. Add
the heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla and beat until soft peaks forms.
Just before serving,
spread or pipe the cream on the tart shell
and top with fresh berries or cut up fruit. Serve immediately.
Note: You can make the
puff pastry shell several hours in advance but do not fill with the cream and
fruit until shortly before serving.
Makes one -
14 x 4 inch (35 x 10 cm) tart, one 8-9 inch (20 - 23 cm) tart, or four - 4 inch
(10 cm) tarts.
Puff Pastry Tart:
(about 9 ounces) of puff pastry, thawed according to manufacturer's
1 large egg lightly beaten with 1
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese or cream
(120 ml) heavy whipping cream
tablespoon (14 grams) granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Any combination of
berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries) or other
fruit such as slices of peaches, plums, bananas, cantaloupe, melon, or kiwi.