Tarts, Tarts, Tarts

I consider myself a neat and organized person, but once in a while, I am forced to really clean out my freezer to make room for new doughs, creams, tuile batters and ice creams… As I have said many times, when I make a tart dough for example, I make three times what I need and divide it in individual portions so I have dough ready for next time I decide to make a tart. I do the same with some decorative tuile batters, cookie doughs, puff pastry… you name it, it’s in my freezer.


So this past weekend, C. asked me to please, please, please clean out the freezer. He opened the freezer door to put something in it and a sheetpan full of mousse fell on top of him… That was my queue and I immediately started emptying it out. I found doughs that I had forgotten about and decided it was time to make some fruit tarts to celebrate the end of summer.

For the large rectangle tart, I used the chocolate almond short dough that I used for the berry and sheep’s milk tarts. I pre-baked the crust and filled it with vanilla mousseline and topped it with all the berries and figs that I found in the refrigerator.

Then I also found some sable breton dough already pre-cut into circles. This is so convenient because all I have to do is put them in a mold and bake them. I built mini fruit tarts using the vanilla mousseline and the same fruit as the large tart. I also used the sable breton to make mini raspberry and rose tarts. I flavored the mousseline with a bit of rose extract and topped it with a tower of fresh raspberries.

And finally, I made chocolate and plum puff pastry tarts with the chocolate pate feuilletee I made a few weeks ago. I had also pre-cut it into circles before freezing it so it was ready for me to bake. Once thawed, I docked the center of the circle, piped some chocolate frangipane on top, placed half a plum on top of it and baked it at 400F until nice and crispy. The puff pastry rises nicely around the filling showing the beautiful layers of dough.

I have linked all recipes to previous posts, except for the chocolate frangipane, which goes as follows.

Chocolate Frangipane

100 grams 70% chocolate
60 grams milk
30 grams almond flour
190 grams almond paste
2 eggs
1 gram baking powder
pinch salt

Chop the chocolate into a bowl. Bring the milk to a boil and pour it over the chocolate. Stir this until completely melted.

In the meantime, mix the almond paste, almond flour, baking powder and salt in a mixer with a paddle attachment. Add one egg and mix until it starts to form a paste and some of the almond paste chunks have disappeared. Add the other egg and mix. Scrape well between mixing so all ingredients are well incorporated. Add the chocolate and milk mixture and mix until combined.

Let the frangipane rest until it cools a bit and it is pipeable.


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63 Responses to “Tarts, Tarts, Tarts”

  1. mimi says:

    oh my, love love love the figs and berries tart! what a gorgeous treat, i wish such beautiful things came out of my freezer!

  2. Smitteniche says:

    Ohhh my goodness gracious. They all look so sumptuous, how could you ever decide which one to taste first?! ;-)

  3. tarts tarts tarts looks like a table center piece! or a sleigh. beautiful. really.

  4. linda says:

    Looks like a tart party ;) They all look delicious!
    I wish I had your freezer ;)

  5. Tartelette says:

    I’d like one of each please :)

  6. Christy says:

    That story about your husband makes me laugh so hard. Happens to me too sometimes; the temptation of bulk baking is too hard to resist…especially when it comes to pastry bases. I mean, to sound completely logical, we ARE going to use them again, some time in the future, right? So why not make more, freeze, and save time and effort the next time the urge to make a tart manifests itself?

    But of course, the consideration for freezer space always comes last. Which is why I’m going to try to get a bigger fridge. And overfill the freezer with even more stuff.

    I wish my leftovers were half as nice…

  7. Peabody says:

    So gorgeous, I especially love the rectangular one.

  8. nadia says:

    They are so beautiful! I love the rectangular fruit tart it is a summer harvest, a piece of art and a dream.

  9. Aran yo hago la misma cosa, con masas. Tengo sempre el congelador a tope… Vaya que bonitas tartas has echo! Me gustan todas pelo la larga con flores y frutas es simplemente preciosa! Que manera deliciosa de limpiar!

  10. miri says:

    Aran, each and every one of them is a work of art! I loved the rectangular one the most, I think it’s because of the color difference between the short dough and the filling.

  11. ChichaJo says:

    How I would love to go shopping in your feezer!

    All the tarts are beauties :)

  12. Eileen says:

    Oh Aran!! How beautiful! And tarts are my favorite. I am being forced to clean out my freezer tomorrow. We are finally getting rid of the 30 year old Sub-Zero. I’m terrified of what I will find in my freezer!

  13. Only you could make old freezer material look this gorgeous.

  14. Freezing, good idea. All my freezer is full of ice cream. These tarts are just beautiful. Fresh fruit tarts are my absolute favorite, they remind me of Paris.

  15. veron says:

    Yummy,Yummy,Yummy tarts! They look beautiful aran!

  16. PRETTY PRETTY PRETTY…even your freezer must have been pretty!! This is a tart celebration…if my hub ever knew I had so much frozen in there, he’d be chewing my brains every single day! Each one is stunning…you have one REAL lucky family Aran!! Have a sweet day!

  17. anita says:

    Those don’t look like leftovers at all – they look better than things I intentionally make! Beautiful!

  18. Anita says:

    Those don’t look like leftovers at all – they look better than things I intentionally make! Beautiful!

  19. suziedepingu says:

    amazing products!
    have u ever consider house orders?
    pitty i doesnt live near you, else i would always pop by = )

  20. cindy* says:

    i love frangipane! and with chocolate? mmmm.

  21. Elra says:

    Aran,
    These are beautiful tarts. Book, you should write a book!

  22. *fanny* says:

    now I want a freezer too! can’t wait to move so I’ll finally have a big fridge and freezer.
    xx fanny

  23. breadpitt says:

    envy this tart sincierly, fruit were well presented so do the overall harmony, great post!!!!

  24. amy says:

    you must have a seriously BIG freezer!

  25. Ash says:

    Love the pics! These are great and look really yummy!

  26. Zoe Francois says:

    Oh yes, I can totally relate to your freezer. I have been so busy lately that I am afraid to open the door.

    Your tarts are just gorgeous and may even inspire me to clean my freezer, I know there is tart dough in there somewhere.

  27. I love your tart collection! It’s like a small delights’ catalogue…

    I’m confused about which to choose… I will take them all!

    What a delicious cleaning! :)

  28. Jeanine says:

    Oh wow, all those tarts look AMAZING! I saw your picture on foodgawker, and just had to come over to see the recipes. Beautiful!

  29. Lori says:

    I love the beautiful colors in the tart.
    I have a freezer just like that, only its still waiting to be tackled!

  30. Mrs.French says:

    I love you, but you are forcing me to go out and get a tart…I was trying so hard to be good…ahhhh…that’s no fun anyway. :)

  31. PheMom says:

    Those look like the very prettiest of floral / table arrangements – and the fact that you can eat them… well. Have I told you lately how much of a genius I think you are? No. Well then – you are an absolute genius!

  32. Alexa says:

    Aran,
    How I would love to have a freezer full of the components to make your creations! Even if it all assaulted me every time I opened the door. :-)
    Stunning pictures and mouthwatering creations!

  33. Ingrid says:

    Gorgeous tarts, all of them! Tarts are on my list of must make goodies, the only thing is my tart making fall into the “raw food” category. Thanks for the inspiration, I hope I can make mine look as fabulous as yours.

  34. These tarts are absolutely lovelies!!!! How ever. Te mando muchos cariños, Gloria

  35. Irene says:

    The pictures are *too* beautiful! I wonder how you could disturb the perfect fruit arrangement! :) So very sophisticated and colorful!

  36. Syrie says:

    Works of art. Everything you make is perfect.

  37. Charmaine says:

    Hooray for leftovers! What you need is a bottom-freezer drawer…nothing will fall out. It just piles, and piles, and piles…. Your tarts look luscious.

  38. Those have to be some of the most beautiful fruit tarts I have ever seen! You are so talented at presenting a dessert…Stunning!

  39. Y says:

    All those lovely tarts look like a salute to Summer. It’s amazing what potential a freezer can hold! :D

  40. C.L. says:

    ARAN! Those are all gorgeous! I absolutely LOVE figs, it is unfortunately nearly impossible to find good fresh figs here in Maine. Maybe there is a secret to it that I don’t know about. So beautiful. Thanks again for sharing.

  41. Esti says:

    debes tener la nevera más grande y llena del mundo! si vieras la mía… todo acaba caducando… excepto la leche y el chocolate, ja, ja

  42. the most beautiful tarts I’ve ever seen…I love the little violet placed just so…more edible flowers please!!! and figs..yes figs…

  43. Camille says:

    A feast for the eyes. I’d like to have a little of each!

  44. My freezer sometimes seems like a black hole stuffed with good intentions. I really find it a little overwhelming to open it and see how much of this and that I have.

    In fact, I’ve been considering having a freezer cleaning out party but the creativity required to match up all these various ingredients is too much for me right now.

  45. Wowsa, that’s a quite an impressive result of a freezer re-org! Such gorgeous colors and textures! I do sorely wish I was your neighbor…hahaah!

  46. monica says:

    So beautiful! Aran, this a feast for the senses!

  47. Elizabeth says:

    That berry and sheep’s milk tart is just about the most beautiful dessert I have every seen!

  48. Madam Chow says:

    Everything looks beautiful AND delicious. And I have two freezers in the same condition. I am not looking forward to cleaning them out!

  49. corine says:

    Maddeningly beautiful pictures. This is a true gift you have.

  50. Aim says:

    WOW! I am so drooling this moment, I just discovered your blog care of Raining Sheep blog, and boy am I glad I did :) Can’t wait to surf your pages some more….!

  51. Wow, you’re amazing! I’m always in awe when I visit here. Love it.

  52. rachel says:

    sooo insanely delicious looking! I was just about to pour out a bowl of frozen fruit, and now it’s just going to look pitiful :)

  53. Vera says:

    Aran, all your tarts look delicious! And your story reminds me about my frozen leftovers that have to be recycled :)

  54. I’m so glad I found your amazing beautiful blog…and you’re Basque!
    i’m French and live in Andalucia.
    Very nice to meet you. and so inspiring too…
    Volveré..

  55. Helene says:

    I’m coming over. I don’t think I could resist any of these.

  56. chefectomy says:

    “I consider myself a neat and organized person”…you are so very funny Aran. The tarts are just beautiful.

    –Marc

  57. Ginnypa says:

    Hi Aran,
    I’ll have one of each….Thank you

  58. pea & pear says:

    Oh Aran, you have such a nack of making sweets sing. You do such justice to any ingredient I am sure all little berries grow up dreaming of featuring on a cannele et vanille dessert. They look absolutely delicious.
    Ali

  59. Jaime says:

    I stumbled upon your blog and literally applauded when I saw. I think I was put on earth to taste all French pastries. Your photography makes me want to stop eating all other food. Well done. You have inspired me!

  60. Jude says:

    The one with the figs look so good. The one with the flower? I probably won’t be able to make myself bite into it. Probably.

  61. Those tarts look delish! How beautiful are all those colors too. I only wish I could have one now!

  62. Minie says:

    Je découvre ton blog, sorry I don’t speak english. J’aime beaucoup tes recettes et tes photos de nature. Beautifuls tarts.
    Je vais y revenir. Your blog is génius.

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