Summer Fruit Tartlets – Vegan

Vegan Summer Fruit Tartlet with Cherry on top
Though the Monsoon is in full swing, the Summer fruits are still pouring in from the North. A friend – S and I had been to Grant Road a couple of days back as she had to shop there and just outside, on the West of Grant Road Station I saw a thriving fruit market. The cherries were too steeply priced at Rs.150/- a kilo but I could not resist buying a quarter as my mind was already visioning tarts! Not all were red yet they were very sweet and tasty.

I was so single minded about this that I did not let anyone eat more than a cherry each. Cruel of me? I think the cherry tartlets more than compensated for my hard-heartedness:). I made twice the required amount of pastry dough on Sunday morning as I always like to have some dough resting in the freezer in case the mood strikes again and usually the striking distance is never too far off!

With the first quantity of tart dough I made only cherry tartlets. Like I said the second strike took place way too soon on Monday morning when the kids decided they loved the tartlets so much they could do with a second helping during shortbreak;-). Never one to stall a good idea, I was up a little earlier than usual and made tartlets that had all the Summer fruits in the fruit basket – mangoes, pear, bananas and cherries. Their smiles and the pictures that came through made my day:).

Hope they brighten your day as much as mine!

I am always surprised that most people in India bake cakes often but don’t seem to venture into making tarts though the latter are definitely easier, quick and so simple in terms of ingredients! Did you note that what serves as the pastry dough is nothing but our own ‘Shankarpali’ or ‘Shakkapara’? A little stiffer with no milk and very cold water but the method is essentially the same. Do try these for a change. I promise they won’t disappoint you!

Dish: Vegan Summer Fruit Tartlets (with cherries, mangoes, bananas and pears)
Yield from crust: About 18 1.5″ tartlets and two 7″tarts

The Crust – Common for both the tartlets:
Flour = APF – 1 cup + Whole wheat pastry flour – 3/4 cup + Fine rice flour – 1tbsp.
Very cold water – 1-2tbsp.
Cold organic soy milk (I used Silk) – 3-4tbsp.
Vegan butter (I used Meadows Lea) – 3tbsp.
Coconut Oil (I used Parachute) – 2 tbsp.
Powdered sugar – About 7tsps.
(The above are approximate measurements – for a healthier crust recipe look up my chocolate tart base)

Sieve the flours together with sugar to form a homogeneous mixture.

Add the butter and mix together to a crumbly texture. Add the oil and do the same.

Now add 3 tbsps. of cold soy milk and a tbsp. of cold water and keep gathering and pressing the flour to form a soft but stiff (I am not sure how to put that!) dough. Add the remaining milk and water only if needed.

Wrap in a cling film and refrigerate for about 10minutes while preparing the filling.

The FIRST filling:
For the cherry tarts – I made 6 ringed tartlets and one 7″ tart
200gms firm ripe cherries, rinsed and pitted
Cornstarch – 1-2 tsps.
Juice from 1/2 a lime.
Caster sugar – 1 tsp. (As per taste)

Tart tin or tartlet rings (mine measure about about 1.5inches in diameter)
Halve the cherries and mix with the rest of the ingredients and keep aside.

Vegan cherry tartlets

Remove the dough and let it thaw a little if too stiff. Stiff dough will crumble into pieces while rolling.

Pinch half the dough and roll out into a thin circle between two sheets of thick plastic (I still cannot roll out without these!).

Stamp out rounds with the rings to line the bottom and cut out strips as high as your ring from the rest of the circle. Line the rings on the sides too.

Mark with a fork on the base and blind bake the tartlets in a preheated oven at 150 deg. Cel. for 10 minutes till the base and sides are done.

Remove the weight or beans and fill with the prepared cherry filling and bake further till the cherry gets stewed – about 5minutes. The 7″ tart takes more time to bake. Please check.

Cool and serve just plain or topped with cream. We had it plain – it brings out the taste of the fruits this way.

II. Summer Fruit Filling: (I made 12 tartlets and one 7″ tart)
The next day I used all the fruits as there were only 2 or 3 cherries left.
1 mango (kesar) – peeled
1 small elaichi banana
1 ripe pear
2-3 cherries

Dark chocolate sauce made with 2 cubes of dark chocolate melted with a tsp. of oil and a few drops of hot water.

Vegan summer fruit tartlets

Method for the filling:

Cut of the cheeks of the mango. Slice them thin or stamp out thin cylinders and slice into thin circles like I did.

Chop the pear into very small pieces.

Elaichi bananas are very thin and sweet. I cut them into thin circles.

Cherries – Pit and chop

Chat masala – just a pinch (Substitute 1/2 a lime instead if not available)
Caster sugar – 1/2 tsp.

Brush the baked tartlets/tart with a thin layer of chocolate sauce. Top with the mixed fruits randomly or arrange them neatly. Top with a little chocolate sauce and bake for 5-7 minutes for tartlets and 15minutes for the tart.

The tartlets were just an inch or so each and gone in one bite of crisp biscuit and oozy fruit and chocolate. Would you call this a dessert? I thought they were appetizers!

For those who would like to use puff pastry sheets check out the recipes here. I haven’t tried them but they have to be good.

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Have your say

  1. Love your vegan tartlets…I do have some cherries lying in fridge…I can try this today 🙂

  2. These tartlettes are lovely. Great dessert after a good meal.

  3. Ha,they look so cute and yummy.perfect tartlets..great clicks as usual !!

  4. wow those cherries look yummy..I always get the white n pinkish ones..never got those dark marooned ones…thats a lovely tart.I liked the shape especially.

  5. The tarts look delicious, I hope I could get one. Is there any other way to bake tarts without a baking oven? I don't have one,and my microwave is an old one without convection

  6. Thanks all!

    Gita, do try and let me know:)

    Peachkins, we gluts had it for bites and appetizers:) he he!

    Prathibha, that cherry was one of the few red ones and it is dark because it has been dipped in chocolate sauce, ha ha:) I did not think that was important enough to mention but now I do:). I too got sweet but not red cherries!

    Sudeshna, I am not sure whether that can be done in cooker, but you could mould them into tartlettes and then deep fry carefully like shankarpali. That will work but it will also be higher in fat content!

  7. Wow Harini, Tarts are looking awesome…. I tried your chocolate tarts and it was very nice……will try this too

  8. yummy tart…lovely

  9. Great Tarts!Can we substitute the pastry sheets…?

  10. I did tell you these were looking very good.
    They're easier to make than cakes for sure, and I like them better too.

    For once, something is a bit cheaper in Goa. I bought cherries for Rs. 100 a box!

  11. Summer's certainly the time for fruit desserts. I just posted a peach-berry cobbler. I love your dainty little tarts. They look perfect.

  12. this looks perfect for entertaining! very pretty!

  13. Love that deep-dish crust – very stylish.

  14. these are cute pretty tartlets harini..loved it..:)

  15. Cute & wonderful. the smaller size makes me want more & i think i would not want to share these with any one. LOL one cherry per person… no you are not cruel, esp. when u did something so GREAT with those!

  16. Preeti, I am glad you liked the chocolate tarts. These are lighter too, so more chances of trying:).

    Shri, I mailed you regarding this. Yes, you can substitute puff pastry sheets. See similar recipes on here.

    Aparna, for more than once, I envy you being there in Goa with the sun and sand!

    Thanks everyone!

  17. Lakshmi Venkatesh

    As usual looks yummy. Nice presentation. yet to start my baking here.

  18. so cute!

  19. Lovely tarts! I am so sad the cherries are going away so soon.

  20. these tartlettes are so delicious and lovely i like the shape especially

  21. Hi Harini, Thanks for dropping by at my blog. 🙂 And sorry for delayed reply.
    Abt HP latest movie, naah…I didn't like at all. Even I was disappointed with it too. I feel exactly same wht you feel abt that movie. stupid Mr Yates!!!

    Your blog is rocking. Keep visiting to my place. 🙂

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