Even though I am not a pie baker, by any stretch of the imagination, nothing is easier to make for a quick party dessert than a little Berry Tartlet.
This was a different kind of party than I usually write about. It was a Hay party! Hey, what, you ask? What exactly is a Hay party? Well, it involves friends and . . . hay – you know, the dried grassy stuff horses eat. I should explain.
I recently spent the weekend with my sister. My sister lives on a scenic ranchette, a hobby farm – on the Martha Stewart-ish end of the spectrum – rolling green pastures, white picket fences, apple trees, and wildflowers. Amy has a greyhound, a herd of cute roaming kitty cats, and not one, not two, but three horses (albeit one is a pony who acts as a BFF for her temperamental dressage horse!).
Well, Saturday is always a work day at the ranchette. The Saturday of my visit, a friend and her father were dropping off their annual (e.g. large) truckload of alfalfa hay. A crew of workers was there to greet them, and stack the hay in the barn for the winter.
Hayfever waylayed me, and I was stuck indoors. Left to my own devices, I begin poking around in the cupboards for something to feed the hungry crew. Given the inimitable American invoked by the hay unloading endeavor, my thoughts turned to pie. With Pillsbury Ready-Made Pie Crusts in hand, a Berry Tartlet was clearly the perfect treat! Mixed berries, powdered sugar and pie crust? Seriously, what’s not to love?
The tartlets came together in no time. First, I tossed the berries with sugar and cornstarch.
Next, I cut the crust into rounds with a 5 inch diameter bowl – 3 for each pie crust round.
Mound a little filling on each round, pinch the edges up, and you’re ready to bake. (Dot each tartlet with a little butter if desired.)
Bake for about 25 minutes, cool, and dust with a little powdered sugar.
So easy! The tartlet is my new go to dessert, for hay parties, dinner parties and beyond!!
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Enjoy and XO,
Michelle Palm created the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen blog after discovering a lack of cocktail-style jelly shot recipes. Look for her posts here, and check her Tablespoon member profile often to see what she’s already gelled up!