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Old 10-29-2005, 11:30 PM   #1
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REC: French raspberry and lime tartlets

I love raspberries, they are one of the culinary keywords that I search for the very most, and I've hit a lucky streak recently in the raspberry recipe finding department (lol, say that three times in a row quickly ). If only I had all the ingredients for this on hand, I'd be baking in the middle of the night!

Tartlettes aux Framboises alla Sauce Caramel aux Framboises




INGREDIENTS:


  • 24 sweet tartlet shells
  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese (depending on how large your tart shells are)
  • zest from one lime + 1 teaspoon of lime juice
  • 1/2 pint of fresh raspberries
  • FOR THE CARAMEL
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 oz. frozen raspberries, defrosted and at room temperature. Pureed in a food processor or blender
PREPARATION:

1. Mix the mascarpone cheese with the lime zest and 1 teaspoon of lime juice.

2. Fill the tarts with the lime cream.

3. Top each tartlette with 3/4 raspberries. (Depends on the size of the raspberries).
Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

To make the raspberry caramel:

1. Put the sugar and water in a saucepan and place over medium low heat. Cook until the sugar dissolves.

2. Increase the heat to med-high and bring the sugar syrup to a boil. Simmer until it has a light golden color.

3. Whisk in the butter and the raspberry puree.

4. Simmer over medium heat until the mixture has thickend and will coat the back of a spoon.

5. Remove from heat and pour through a sieve. Allow to come to room temperature before using.

To serve:


Arrange the tarts on a plate. Drizzle the raspberry caramel over the tops. Serve any remaining caramel in a jug on the side.

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