to make the dough, place the following into the bowl of a food processor:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
preheat the oven to 350. divide the dough into 20 equal pieces. if you use a scale, as i did, it will be about 1/2 ounce each. if you do not have a scale, pat the dough into an evenly shaped rectangle with the same thickness through out and then cut it into 20 even pieces. lightly spray the pan with grease and using your fingertips, gently press the dough into the cups of the pan. be sure to bring the dough to the top of each cup.
bake the tart shells until they just begin to color on the edges and are no longer glossy in the bottom, about 10-12 minutes. while the tart shells bake, prepare the filling.
***a note about the filling; the tarts use a lot less than bars do! so, i am including a half recipe of filling that will be more than enough to fill 20 mini tarts. if you want to make more than 20, both recipes are easily doubled!
place the following in a mixing bowl:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
using a whisk, mix well.
whisk in the following:
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
using a tablespoon, carefully fill the tart shells taking care not to let the filling go over the edges or it will seal the crust to the pan and make it difficult to remove the tarts from the pan. bake until the filling is firm, about 10-12 minutes. allow to cool completely before removing them from the pan.
using a thin bladed knife, carefully lift the tarts out of the pan by inserting the knife down the side of the cup. take care when doing this so that you do not scratch the finish of your pan if it has a nonstick finish. to decorate, sprinkle additional powdered sugar over the top and place a fresh berry or two in the center-we used blackberries for the photos.
bake on friends and feel free to ask me questions about the book anytime-it’s nice to know that the recipes are being used and the results enjoyed!