The pictures of the little jam tartlets in Deeba's blog had been in my mind all week.They looked easy and perfect for a birthday tea party.I had some leftover pie pastry in the fridge and decided to put them to best use(good riddance to bad rubbish!!!).And since I had the dough already,it wasn't any hardwork at all.....Melted some mixed fruit jam in the microwave,rolled out and baked the pastry into tiny tartlets , spooned some jam into each one and lo....the wonderful looking little cutie-pies were ready for the table!And what a joy to eat!!!
TARTS OF JOY
For the crust(Makes 25-30 tartlets)
Butter(chilled and cut into cubes)-60 gms
Castor sugar to taste
Baking powder-a pinch
Ice cold water if required
For the filling
Mixed fruit jam-about 1/2 cup
MethodSeive flour,baking powder and salt.Add enough castor sugar.
Rub in fat with your fingers.Do not use much force.Finally the mixture should resemble bread crumbs.
Add little by little of the beaten egg and keep mixing to form a dough.Use only enough egg.If you feel the mixture is dry, sprinkle ice cold water and mix.
Bring the dough together to form a ball without using much force. Slightly flatten the dough,cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.This makes it easy to roll out.
Keep the dough between sheets of grease proof paper and roll out 1cm thick.
Cut into small tartlets using a cookie cutter and place in greased tart cases with weight(i used dried beans)so that it doesnt rise.
Bake at 180 for 15-20 minutes or till light brown.Take out when ready and cool on a wire rack.
Melt jam with water for a few seconds in a microwave and spoon into tartlets.