Red, Black & Blue Crumble Tarts

Red Black & Blue Crumble Tarts4- Oh So Sweet BakerRecently I have been making a lot of truly amazing thing using leftovers. I’ve made seafood pasta from leftover salmon rillettes, adding sweet corn and green beans which was really delicious, scone pizza using leftovers as pizza topping and now I bring you this. Some amazing tarts that used up the last of the leftover summer berries I had rattling around in the fridge drawer. I think some of the best meals/desserts I have made is by using up leftovers and this tart is no exception.

Red Black & Blue Crumble Tarts- Oh So Sweet BakerFor some unexplainable reason, I don’t seem to make a lot of tart or pies. A pie or a tart isn’t something I’ve eaten a lot of growing up, unlike a lot of American households. But I am partial to a bit of apple or cherry pie. Considering I don’t eat a lot of pies I always seem to come across a few bakeries who think they can actually pull of that glutinous shop bought cherry pie filling that sticks to the roof of your mouth and sell it to me for £1.50+. You won’t find any of that horrible filling here.

Red Black & Blue Crumble Tarts3- Oh So Sweet BakerWhat you will find is a juicy fruity filling in-cased in a buttery tart shell topped with a cobbler like struesel oat topping which makes the whole thing taste sort of like a fruit crumb bar. The best bit is when you take it out of the oven and the juices are bubbling like a witches cauldron. If I had the ingredients on hand, I would serve it slightly warm, with some softly whipped Chantilly cream or some clotted cream ice cream because hot and cold in one mouthful is truly heaven!

Red Black & Blue Crumble Tarts2- Oh So Sweet BakerMakes 6 tartlets
For the pastry…
170g plain flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp caster sugar
100g cold butter, diced
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp cold water

For the fruits…
200g mixed berries
3 tbsp raspberry jam
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp cornflour
1 tsp orange blossom water (optional)

For the oat topping…
50g butter
75g soft brown sugar
100g oats
2 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
Demerara sugar, for sprinkling

For garnish…
Icing sugar

  • For the pastry: Add all the ingredients into a food processor except the yolk and the water.
  • Pulse together until it forms breadcrumbs.
  • Add the egg and the water and pulse till it starts to come together.
  • Turn out onto a clean surface and press the mixture into a flat disc. Wrap in cling film and place in the freezer for 10 mins.
  • Remove from the freezer and leave it to soften a bit so it makes it easier to roll. Roll out the pastry 1/4 inch thick  a line 6 4″inch tartlet tins.
  • Place them in the freezer to rest then blind bake them in a 180°C preheated oven for 8 mins.
  • For the fruits: Combine the cornflour with the lemon juice and blossom water to form a paste. Add the jam and fruits and leave to sit for a few minutes to extract the juice from the fruit.
  • For the oat topping: Cream the butter and sugar together.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix till just incorporated.
    Assembly: Portion out the fruit amongst the blind baked tart cases.
  • Top with the oat topping and sprinkle on the demerara sugar.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes at 180°C oven.
  • When cooled slightly garnish with some redcurrants.

Oh So Sweet Baker’s Notes

  • Use any combination of berries you like that are in season, as they taste better.
  • Instead of raspberry jam, use any berry jam you have.
  • Orange blossom water is available to purchase from my Amazon Store

Oh So Sweet Baker x


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