make these tasty tartlets with edible flowers yourself
We've developed this simple but delicious recipe for Valentine's Day mini tarts, and making them yourself is easier than you think! By decorating them with edible flowers* such as violas, rose petals, primulas and marigolds, you add elegance, colour and a delicate flavour to the creamy pastries.
A TABLE FULL OF LOVE AND FLOWERS
Are the sweets ready? Then it's time to enjoy them! Make it into a special and romantic moment: set the table with your prettiest crockery, dim the lights, light some candles and put on your favourite playlist. For an extra floral touch, let a romantic Valentine's bouquet shine on the table and serve this romantic rose punch with the pastries.
to make these tartlets with edible flowers, you will need:
For the pastry base:
- 175 g flour
- 70 grams of icing sugar
- 30 grams almond flour
- 105 grams butter, cold and diced
- ½ egg, beaten
- Pinch of salt
- Pastry tins or rings (preferably 8-10 cm in diameter and 2-2.5 cm high)
For the cream filling:
- 65 grams granulated sugar
- 16 grams vanilla sugar
- 35 g flour
- 350 ml milk
- 3 egg yolks
For the icing:
- 100 g icing sugar
- ½ tablespoon water
- Edible flowers* for decoration (such as pansies, rose petals, primula and marigold)
- Optional: food colouring (if you want the icing to be a colour other than white)
how to make the pastry base for the tarlets
- Put the flour, almond flour, icing sugar and salt in a bowl and mix everything together.
- Add the butter to the mixture and mix it in with your fingertips. Continue until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
- Add half the egg and briefly knead everything into a dough.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, let it rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour and, meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Knead the dough again briefly and roll it out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of about 3 millimetres.
- Cut out circles large enough to line the moulds. Line the moulds with the dough and cut the dough neatly straight at the top. The remaining dough can be rolled out again. Line all the shapes in this way.
- Prick the dough at the bottom of the moulds a few times with a fork. This will prevent the dough from bulging during baking.
- Place the lined tartlets in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
- Bake the tarlet cases for 14-19 minutes until golden brown and cooked. After baking, remove them immediately from their moulds and let them cool on a wire rack.
how to make the cream filling for the tartlets
- Mix together the granulated sugar, vanilla sugar and egg yolks in a bowl. Then add the flour as well and stir until the flour is completely incorporated.
- Heat the milk in a saucepan. As soon as the milk starts to boil (bubbles at the edge of the pan) turn off the heat. Add a little of the boiled milk to the egg mixture and stir until the milk is completely absorbed. Add the rest of the milk in parts too and stir until it is an even mixture.
- Pour the mixture back into the pan and turn the heat back on. Bring to the boil while continuing to stir, also stir well over the bottom of the pan. The cream is ready when it has the consistency of a thick custard.
- Pour the cream into a clean bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Press the foil onto the cream, this will prevent any skin on the cream. Leave to cool for a while at room temperature, and then put in the fridge to cool completely. The cream will thicken further in the fridge.
- When the cream has cooled completely, it's time to fill the tarlets with the cream.
how to make the icing glaze for the tartlets
- Sift the icing sugar into a small bowl.
- Stir half a tablespoon of water into the icing sugar to make a thick paste. Without adding food colouring you will get white icing, adding food colouring will add colour to your tartlet's icing.
- Keep stirring until the icing is shiny.
- Spread the glaze over the tartlets and smooth the glaze with a knife.
- Decorate the tartlets with edible flowers*. They're ready to serve!
MORE VALENTINE'S DAY INSPIRATION
If all your loved one wants is to spend time together, these tartlets are surefire hit. Spending an afternoon cooking together is sure to satisfy their love language of quality time. Not sure if that's the correct love language for your boo? Discover the different love languages to give your sweetheart a Valentine's Day they'll never forget. Don't forget to follow us on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook for your daily dose of floral inspiration!
Happy Valentine's Day!
*Please note: don't simply sink your teeth into any cut flower or plant. Only use edible flowers from specialised suppliers that have been grown for consumption.