RECIPE: Cranberry, mascarpone & almond praline tartlets

The fact that they're made with dried fruit and Christmassy spices give these easy tarts a festive feel

17 December 2017 - 00:00 By LE CREUSET
Cranberry, mascarpone & almond praline tartlets
Cranberry, mascarpone & almond praline tartlets

Serves: 12

Preparation time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Shortbread tart case:

500g butter, cold and cubed

750g flour

250g (1¼ cups) sugar

1 egg yolk

Filling:

125g dried apples, finely chopped

200g soft, dried eating apricots, finely chopped

100g dried cranberries, finely chopped

125-250ml (½-1 cup) water

10ml (2 tsp) sliced ginger preserve and syrup

1 cinnamon stick

150g cranberry jelly

500g mascarpone cheese

Praline:

100g sugar

80g almonds, chopped

Method:

1. To make the tart case, combine the butter, flour and sugar in a food processor and blitz to a breadcrumb-like texture, before working in the yolk to bring the dough together. Take care not to overwork the dough.

2. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for 20 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 150°C.

4. Roll a third of the dough between two sheets of baking paper until 1cm thick, then cut circles to fit 12 tart cases.

5. Press the circles into the cups of fluted tart pans, then bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

6. For the filling, simmer the apples, apricots and cranberries with ½-1 cup water until softened. Add the sliced ginger preserve and syrup, cinnamon stick and cranberry jelly.

7. For the praline, melt 100g sugar in a dry pan until caramelised without stirring. Once golden, pour over the chopped nuts and leave to set on baking paper before crushing or breaking into shards.

8. Fill the shortbread cases with a spoonful of mascarpone, then top with the cranberry filling and almond praline.

WINE PAIRING SUGGESTION:

Bon Courage Like Father Like Son Rosé 2017

Winemakers André Bruwer and his son, Jacques, have combined to produce this wine which is loaded with strawberries, red berries and candy floss. It's easy drinking and well balanced. It's priced at around R42.

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