April 13, 2008

Vanilla-cream fillo tartlets

A tart is a pastry dish, usually sweet, that is a type of pie with an open top that is not covered with pastry (wiki) and tartlets are small pastry tarts. With the availability of pastry sheets and shells, the work involved in making a good flaky pastry has been made easy. For this recipe, I am using the fillo shells which are amazing in their ease of use. They are pre-baked and hence require only a thawing period of 10 minutes!! They are the perfect option for the creation of our own tartlets be it for parties, potluck or just because and can be put together in minutes! They are versatile in that they can be used hot or cold or as appetizers, entrees or desserts based on the combination of the fillings. I made a few dessert tartlets with some vanilla pudding , but changed the garnishes. This is a good no-mess bite-sized dessert which is simply marvelous with the crispness of the shells a contrast to the sweet, smooth and creamy fillings. With variety in the garnishes, you can create a visually sophisticated treat which is both elegant and delicious!! Use your imagination and experiment with the fillings. Enjoy!


Fillo pastry shells - 15 (1 package)
Jello Instant Vanilla pudding mix - 15 tsp
Whipped cream - for garnish, if desired


Thaw the whipped cream according to instructions.

Thaw the fillo shells.

Prepare the vanilla pudding according to the package instructions.

Keep about 15 tsp of pudding aside for the tartlets.

Pour the rest of the pudding into molds, allow to set and enjoy!!

Place the whipped cream into a decorating bag fitted with an open star tip.

Spoon a tsp of the vanilla pudding in each shell.

Pipe a rosette of whipped cream over the pudding.

Vanilla choco-cream mini-cups: Garnish with grated chocolate and/or chocolate balls.

Mini fruit-shells: Garnish with chopped fruits of your choice.

Fruit and nut tartlets: Garnish with chopped fruits and nuts of your choice.

Choco-cups: Garnish with the chocolate bars of your choice.

  1. You can also add mix-ins like fruits (banana, strawberries etc), nuts or candy to the pudding itself and then garnish with the toppings of your choice.

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