MINI STRAWBERRY SHISO TARTS
IngredientsServes about 24
1½ cups (375 ml) all-purpose flour, plus extra
½ cup (125 ml) icing sugar
¼ tsp (1 ml) fine salt
½ cup + 1 tbsp (140 ml) very cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing
1 large egg
1 cup (250 ml) whole milk
8 shiso leaves, roughly chopped, plus extra for garnish, if desired
3 large egg yolks
½ cup (125 ml) granulated sugar
3 tbsp (45 ml) cornstarch
½ tsp (2 ml) vanilla
½ cup (125 ml) chilled whipping cream
24 strawberries, trimmed and each cut into 4 slices
¼ cup (60 ml) seedless strawberry jam, warmed until liquefied
- Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C). Lightly grease 24 barquette tins with butter before placing on baking tray.
- In a food processor fitted with steel blade attachment, pulse together flour, icing sugar and salt. Scatter cubes of butter over dry ingredients and pulse until coarsely incorporated, about 3 or 4 pulses. Add egg and continue to pulse until dough starts to clump together. Turn dough out onto work surface and very lightly knead just to finish incorporating ingredients.
- Divide dough into 24 pieces and press evenly across bottom and up sides of individual barquette tins, making tart shells. Transfer to baking sheet. Prick each tart a few times with a fork and freeze for 20 minutes.
- Press small pieces of aluminum foil tightly against each shell and bake in middle of oven for 10 minutes. Carefully remove foil. If shells have puffed, press down gently with back of a spoon. Bake another 5 to 8 minutes until shells are firm and golden brown. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack and let shells cool for 5 minutes before removing from moulds and allowing to cool completely on rack.
- Meanwhile, make shiso cream. In a small saucepan bring milk and shiso leaves to boil over medium-high heat. Remove saucepan from heat, cover and let stand for 20 minutes. Strain infused milk through a finemeshed sieve into a bowl. In medium-sized saucepan whisk together 3 egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch and vanilla. While whisking, slowly incorporate infused milk before bringing mixture to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, whisking for 3 minutes. Mixture will be very thick. Transfer to a bowl, press a piece of plastic wrap into surface to seal, and refrigerate until cold, about 4 hours.
- In bowl of an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Whisk chilled shiso mixture until smooth before whisking in half the whipped cream. With a rubber spatula, fold remaining whipped cream into shiso mixture. Transfer to piping bag fitted with a round or star tip.
- Before serving, pipe shiso cream into tart shells. Top with strawberry slices and brush with melted strawberry jam. Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped shiso leaf, if desired. Serve immediately.