Blueberry Tarts with Orange Blossom Cream

by | Dessert, Pies

Lots of blueberries layered over a thin orange blossom custard in an individual size nut crust Mason jar lid as the tart pan. 

Blueberries Blueberries and More Blueberries!

Fruit pies are my absolute favorite dessert! These Blueberry Custard Tarts are delicious year round and are loaded with flavor as a three bite dessert. When other fruits are in season, such as cherries, peaches, strawberries or figs, swap them out in place of the blueberries using this recipe, and you are sure to impress your guests… as well as yourself!

A few other fruit pies or tarts you may love as much as I do can be found in my collection here, but there are tons more so just go into menu and click pies. Too yummy for words!

Blueberry Tarts

Whether a large gathering or only a few, an individual size dessert is the easiest way to serve something that feels very special and well… individual! Unlike cakes and pies, which become messy the more slices you take from them, these little tarts were carefully prepared in advance, easy to serve and easy to store what remains, if any remain. (wink)

Blueberry Tarts

Nuts About Nuts In My Pie Crust

You don’t have to put nuts in the pie crust, especially if allergies are a concern. You can simply use oats instead. You could also use a store bought pie crust but trust me, it won’t be as scrumptious, just quicker. 

Nuts in a pie crust, ground into a flour to add to the wheat flour you use in a crust, add more flavor and natural oils to the crust, making it flaky and light. 

Blueberries

Since Blueberries are a ‘Superfood’ loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C and potassium, why not incorporate blueberries into your pies, muffins and smoothies! Blueberries in a pie hold their shape beautifully, unlike other berries which dissolve into an unrecognizable jam when they are cooked. 

Orange Blossom Cream

Having grown up in a Middle Eastern influenced home, orange blossom water and rose water where often used to flavor desserts instead of vanilla. They emit a beautiful floral scent and delicate flavor as they are essence from the flowers. Just a little goes a long way. 

To make a very fast cream for a tart, I simply whisk a few eggs, mascarpone, some sugar and essence of either rose or orange blossom water. That’s it!

Orange Blossom Cream

Mason Jar LIDS!

That’s all. Just the lid to a jar. You don’t even have to buy the Mason jar to get the lid, though depending on where you shop, you might find it more cost affective to just buy the jar with the lid. For example:

  • Amazon sells the lids, 12 lids in a pack, just the lids, for about $13.00 a pack. 
  • Hardware stores, sell a pack of 12 Jars and lids for about $17.00. 
  • I found a 12 pack of just the lids at a local Farm supply store (and I don’t live in a rural area), for $7.00 a pack. 

Kitchen Hack, mini tarts, cakes and bread buns are perfectly sized when baked in removable bottom, frugally affordable, Ball Mason Jar Lids. 

Mason Jar Lids As Tart Pans

How To Make Blueberry Tarts

Tart crusts can be made in advance, pressed into the lids and frozen. This makes making tart making day faster. Remove from freezer an hour before baking, fill with tart cream, berries and bake. 

If using a more delicate fruit, such as strawberries or figs, bake the crust with the cream then cool. Once the tart has cooled, top with the fruit of your choice. 

Ingredients Needed

  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Nuts – optional, or oats
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Orange blossom water
  • Mascarpone

Equipment Needed

  • Mason Jar lids or individual tart pans
  • Hand mixer or food processor
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Rolling pin
  • Pastry cutter
  • Oven

Blueberry Tarts with Orange Blossom Cream

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Dessert, PiesCuisine: Mediterranean
Servings

8

servings

Lots of blueberries layered over a thin orange blossom custard in an individual size nut crust Mason jar lid as the tart pan. 

Ingredients

  • Crust

  • Butter – 8 tablespoon, cold

  • Flour – 1 1/2 cups, more for dusting

  • Nuts – 1/2 cup, crushed (notes)

  • Sugar – 1/4 cup

  • Salt – 1/4 teaspoon

  • Eggs – 1

  • Cold Water – 2-4 tablespoons, enough to form a dough ball

  • Orange Blossom Cream

  • Eggs – 2

  • Mascarpone – 8 oz.

  • Sugar – 1/2 cup

  • Orange blossom – 1/4 teaspoon (vanilla or rose water)

Directions

  • Crust
  • With a fork, or in a processor, break butter into flour until mixture becomes crumbs. Add nuts, sugar salt and mix. Whisk in the egg and 1 tablespoon of water at a time until the dough comes together. Dough should not be sticky nor dry. Balance water and flour to achieve this.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface. Roll thinner than you ordinarily would a pie crust, about 1/8 inch thick. Press circles of dough with a cup the diameter of the sides and bottom of the lid, about 4 inches and press the rounds into the lid. Crimp the edges and the crust is ready to fill and bake, or freeze in an airtight container.
  • Filling
  • Mix Orange blossom cream ingredients together and pour into prepared tart crust. Place blueberries on top. Set the filled lids on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 400 for 5 minutes, turn down to 350 and bake until the center is firm and no longer jiggling. About 20 minutes. 

Notes

  • For nut allergies, oats can be substituted and crushed into a flour just like the nuts. 
Blueberry Tarts With Orange Blossom Cream
 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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