Summer Berry Mascarpone Tarts

Summer Berry Mascarpone Tarts

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of graham cracker crumbs (Honey Maid)                                
  • ¾ cup heavy cream, cold      
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted                                                   
  • 4 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature                                        
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Assortment of berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries)   

Directions: 

Line a muffin tin with liners. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, 1 tablespoon sugar and melted butter. Mix together until texture is similar to wet sand.

Divide the graham cracker mixture among the 12 muffin liners. Press the crust down firmly with your fingertips to fill the space and mold to the shape of the muffin tin. Refrigerate for 2 hours to set the crust.

Next, using a standing mixer with a whisk attachment or hand-held mixer, whip the heavy cream until it forms soft peaks. Pour into a new bowl and set aside.

Either in the same mixer bowl or a new bowl if using a hand-held mixer, combine the room temperature mascarpone cheese, 3 tablespoons sugar and vanilla extract. Beat together until cheese is smooth.

Then, using a spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone cheese mixture. Once combined, either place back on a standing mixer or whip using a hand-held mixer until well combined and completely smooth.

Remove the crusts from the refrigerator after they have set up for 2 hours. Carefully fill each crust with the filling up to the top of the crust. Place back in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

When ready to serve, decorate each tart with berries of your choice.  Serve immediately.

Makes approximately 12 individual tarts.

Kitchen Activities for Budding Chefs

 Little Chef

  • Have your child help wash the berries of choice. Gently pat dry them and set aside till ready to use. If using blackberries, it is helpful to slice them in half. The same applies to the strawberries. 
  • Explore the different colors of the fresh berries. See if your child can identify them. Ask them to find items around the kitchen with the same colors. 
  • Ask your child to line the muffin tin with liners. Practice counting from 1-12 aloud. Have fun creating a pattern with the liners if you use different colors. 
  • Working together, allow your child to help mix the ingredients to form the crust. Have them explore the texture of the graham crackers. 
  • With adult supervision, have them help fill each muffin liner with the crust mixture and gently press into each muffin hole.
  • Once the tarts have been created and it is time decorate with fresh berries, work together with your child and have fun creating different patterns and color combinations!

Kid Chef

  • With adult supervision, have your child help mix the ingredients for the crust and form each one using the prepared muffin tin. 
  • Have your child help prepare the whipped cream using a standing mixer or hand-held mixer. Allow them to explore the texture of "soft peaks" and ask them to pour the finished product into a bowl. 
  • Allow them to help create the cheese mixture. 
  • Using a spatula, have them gently fold the cheese and whipped cream mixture together. Ask them to describe the texture. Continue on with finishing the cream filling. 
  • Working together, have them fill the chilled tarts with the whipped cream mixture. 
  • When preparing the berries, ask them to count each berry of choice and see how high they can count. 
  • Practice safe knife skills and have your child carefully cut the blackberries (if using) in half and slice the strawberries. 
  • Have them work individually to decorate the tarts and ask them to taste their creation!

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