Custard fruit tarts

Posted on August 18, 2009. Filed under: Heart recipe/low cholesterol recipe, Sweets | Tags: , |

The custard fruit tarts are made with low fat butter, minimal sugar and fruits like oranges and strawberry to make your dessert full of fibre. The custard too makes use of low fat milk and just a tablespoon of sugar. Enjoy this low cal version of fruit tarts as an occasional sumptuous treat.

Cooking Time : 10 mins.
Baking Time : 15 mins.
Baking Temperature : 180°C (360°F).
Preparation Time : 15 mins.

Makes 8 tarts.

For the tarts
2 teaspoons low fat butter
1 tablespoon castor sugar
¾ cup plain flour (maida)
a pinch baking powder
1 tablespoon custard powder
For the low fat custard
1 cup low fat milk
1 tablespoon custard powder
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
Other ingredients
½ teaspoon oil for greasing
plain flour (maida) for dusting
For the garnish
8 kiwi slices
8 strawberry slices
8 orange segments
For the tarts
1. Sieve together the flour and baking powder.
2. Cream the low fat butter and sugar in a bowl with a wooden spoon till light and fluffy.
3. Add the flour and custard powder in 2 batches and mix lightly to form a dough.
4. Knead the dough on a light dusted surface until smooth.
5. Divide the dough into 8 equal portions.
6. Press each portion into greased tart moulds (approx. 25 mm. (1″) diameter).
7. Prick with a fork.
8. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°F (360°F) for 15 minutes or until the tarts are golden in colour.
9. Remove, unmould and cool. Store in an air-tight container.
For the custard
1. Mix the custard powder in ¼ cup milk and keep aside.
2. Heat the remaining milk with the sugar and mix well.
3. Add the custard powder mixture and vanilla essence and cook over a low flame, stirring continuously till the mixture coats the back of the spoon.
4. Cool and keep aside.
How to proceed
1. Fill the tarts with the custard, and refrigerate until the custard is set.
2. Serve garnished with slices of kiwi, strawberry and orange segments.
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