Sunday, August 12, 2012

DATE TART


These little tarts  are one of the seasonal favorites which make their  annual appearance on festive occasions such as Hari Raya Puasa (Eid ul-Fitr)  and  Chinese New Year.

Commonly stuffed with grated pineapple but I had made slight change by filling them with pitted dates. You can also use raisin if you want.  I'm very pleased with the result also they were well liked  by my family.

The trickiest part is  getting the perfect pastry, if too stiff, it tends to crumble. Don't add too much water or the pastry will be hard, add in a tablespoon at a time.

DATE TART
Yield   :   54 mini tarts

125g cold cubed  butter
1 1/2 C all purpose flour
2 tablespoon cornflour
1 tablespoon  or more ice water
1/4 tsp vailla extract
extra flour if needed

FILLING
170g pitted dates
2 tablespoon water
1/2 tsp lemon juice

METHOD

For filling:    Place all ingredients in a food processor and grind until fine.  Transfer onto a plate, roll into tiny balls.

For pastry:  Sift  flour and cornflour into  a mixing bowl.

Add the butter, rub with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.  Add ice water and  vanilla extract,  mix  to form a soft dough. Add a little more flour if dough is too soft.  Knead the dough briefly and gently on a floured surface.

Wrap the pastry in cling film, chill for 30 minutes.


On floured surface, roll out the pastry about 5mm thick, cut into rounds using pineapple tart pastry cutter.  Place the filling in the center of the dough, flatten slightly.  Pinch the sides of the pastry to form a pattern with the tart pincers.


Place the tarts onto  a baking  sheet and bake for 20 minutes @ 160C in a preheated oven.

Leave in the pan for 5 minutes, gently transfer to cool completely then store in an airtight container.
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50 comments:

Ramya said...

What an adorable looking tarts!

Swathi Iyer said...

Date tart looks delicious.

Guru Uru said...

These tarts look and must taste incredible :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Maayeka said...

Date tarts looks so perfect and delicious.loved it!

The Alchemist said...

These look delicious, I love dates. Thanks for sharing!

Raksha said...

I reallly love whatever u bake

Swetha said...

wow, these date tarts looks amazing! :)

Priya R said...

they look so cute :)

Vimitha Anand said...

cute looking flavorful tartlets

Vimitha Anand said...

cute looking flavorful tartlets

Medeja said...

Oh the filling sounds very yummy!

Suzi said...

These look just perfect and I love the date filling too. Have a lovely day.

SweetPepperRose said...

These look tasty!
JoAnn
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Priyas Feast said...

Wow..cute cookies...bookmarking the recipe.

Julie said...

Very delicious & yummy tarts!!

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Suja Manoj said...

Looks simply dive,love the shape.

Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner said...

These look great!
Deb

mjskit said...

Lucky family! These tarts look delicious! I love the date filling and probably would like it more than the traditional pineapple. I'm envious of your pastry. It looks perfect! Did not know that too much water makes it crumbly. Good to know!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Your Date Tarts are so pretty, love the texture of the pastry. I like the idea of pineapple inside. The pastry always seems to be the tricky part. The tarts looks so good! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – it helped to make make the party a success!

simran said...

these little gems look divine......am going to try them out soon.

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Perfect...
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Spice up the Curry said...

very inviting mini tarts

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

Hi: These tarts look beautiful! I love the scalloped edges of the party dough--very pretty.

Sharans Samayalarai said...

Yummy and nice presentation..

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Rosita Vargas said...

Con razón son tus favoritas lucen lindas y deliciosas,hugs,hugs.

Winnie said...

These are sooooooooooo cute. We love dates, and I've got to try this recipe.
Thanks for sharing it.
Pinned :)

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

What lovely tarts these are. I have to confess, I'd never heard of a pineapple tart, or a pineapple tart cutter for that matter, so I googled it I'm blown away. I must get one soon - thanks for introducing me to them.

kala said...

looks so appealing n yumyyy

Tiffany said...

My sister and I were just talking about ways to use dates. This is such a great idea!

Katherines Corner said...

I love dates and these tarts look terrific! xo

cookingvarieties said...

hi dear, tarts are so popular as they are delicious. your date tarts look so delicious as well, i can finish the whole plate. have a nice day

Hima bindu said...

Date tart looks delicious!!!

Am a new follower of your recipes :-)

Leslie said...

Your cookies are beautiful, and they look delicious too! I'd love to serve these at a tea or shower because of just how sweet they are! Thanks for sharing with us.
Blessings,
Leslie

Yokasta Schneider said...

These are beautiful...THanks for sharing!!!

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Marlys Folly said...

Love dates, so I am sure I would like these and they look beautiful..just about too good to eat. Found you through freedom friday. Would love for you to link this recipe or any other to our linky party going on this weekend (ends Sunday morning).
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Katherines Corner said...

Hugs and thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

Gorgeous! Date filling sounds wonderful. Going to have to check out pineapple tart cutter and tart pincers -- new to me! :-) Thanks so much for sharing your recipe and beautiful photography on Busy Monday!

Malory {Snips & Spice} said...

These look both delicious and beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Snips and Spice Sunday Slice.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

These are so pretty and I love dates!

Honey at 2805 said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe for these sweet little tarts at Potpourri Friday!

Christine said...

The date tarts look soooo good!!!! I LOVE dates.. but yet never make anything with them.. duh!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

Claiming Our Space said...

I have never made anything with dates but this look delicious. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow.

Heidi Fowler said...

These look fantastic! Thanks for sharing this week at One Creative Weekend! Have a great week!

suhaina aji said...

tarts looks delicious..love the eggless version.

Susie @bowdabra said...

Thank you for stopping in and sharing your yummy recipe with our readers at Bowdabra's Crafty Showcase. We love seeing your projects each week. Stop in and see which blogs are featured on Friday and to link up more of your goodies on Sat-Thur.

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Sanoli Ghosh said...

What a cute and wonderful tart! Those cute tarts inspired me to make pastry soon. Just delicious! Glad to following you.

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Veena Theagarajan said...

Interesting recipe.. healthy filling
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Gauri said...

These look so good.. perfectly made!

Holly Lefevre said...

Cannot wait to try this!

Sayantani said...

such pretty patterns...lovely bakes

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