Friday, April 2, 2010

Easy and elegant Fruit Tarts

To make your life easier, use frozen tart shells and a vanilla pudding mix. I have a recipe for a tasty homemade vanilla pudding, in case you have the extra time to make your own. This summery dessert is always a big hit among kids and adults. It can be served on garden parties, cookouts, brunches and dinner parties.
16 frozen tart shells, thawed and baked
3 cups vanilla pudding
3 cups assorted seasonal fruit
1 ½ cups strawberry or raspberry gelatin, cooled and slightly thickened but not set
Whipped cream (optional)
Mint leaves for decoration (optional)

Slice or halve large strawberries, if you are using any. If you are going to add fruits like peach or plums, cut them into thin wedges after they are pitted. You can use thin and small slices of avocado as well.

If you are using a mix to make your vanilla pudding, prepare it according to packaging instructions. Please click here to see my vanilla pudding homemade recipe.

Fill ½ of pastry shells with vanilla pudding. Gently arrange fruit on top. Pour a thin layer of gelatin over the fruit. Chill 6 hours or overnight. Top with whipped cream, if desired, before serving.

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