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Raspberry Almond Mazarin Tart Recipe


One of my favorite Scandinavian treats is the mazarin tart. It is rich and regal yet one of the easiest things one could make for friends… the perfect dessert.


Preheat oven to 350F.

Dough Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 teaspoon sea salt

Cream butter & powdered sugar. Add egg yolk (save egg white for filling). Combine. Add flour & sea salt. Mix well. Place some flour on countertop. Separate dough into six equal pieces. Press into six 4-inch tart pans with removable bottoms. Make sure bottoms and sides are covered as you would a pie crust. Set aside.

Filling Ingredients

  • 7 ounces almond paste
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white (remaining from above egg yolk)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Whip butter and almond paste until combined well. Add sugar, egg, egg white, almond extract, and sea salt. Whip together. Spoon filling into tart crusts. Place all tarts on a baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool until they can safely be removed from tart pans.

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 cup Strawberry or raspberry preserves

Spread a few tablespoons of preserves over the top of the almond tarts while they are still somewhat warm.

Serve on a pretty little plate.  Add a few fresh raspberries on top and drizzle with chocolate if desired.

This recipe can also be made in about a 10-inch tart pan for one large tart.

Alternate Topping

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sherry wine

Mix together well to make a lovely glaze. Spread over top of tarts after they have cooled. Allow icing to dry for several hours before serving.

These are an impressive holiday dessert but also easy to make ahead and refrigerate for a hot summer evening.

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Mini Almond Mazarin Tart With Fresh Fruit Recipe

Buttery crust and almondy filling but the real topper is the glazed fresh fruit. Fancy yet simple. Plain yet colorful.

Preheat oven to 350F.


  • 2 sticks (one cup) butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of almond
If butter is chilled, things will simply take longer to come together but will eventually become a lovely dough. Press dough into about 16 – 4 inch tart pans.  If making less tarts, just save extra dough in fridge for another day.


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 7 oz. almond paste (make sure it’s fresh & soft)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
Combine filling ingredients until well beaten.

Filling will be a little runny.

Place some almond filling into each tart. Place tarts on a cookie sheet and bake..

Prepare fruit by rinsing & cutting. You can use any fruit you like with these tarts. Most berries (especially raspberries & blueberries) and stone fruits (cherries, peaches, nectarines) go best with almond.

To coat fruit with a glossy topping, place about 3/4 cup of apricot jam with a few tablespoons of water and heat until thinned. Allow to cool a bit before using.

Remove from oven when tops are golden brown.

Pile fruit upon tart in a most glorious fashion and drizzle with apricot glaze. Adorn with fresh mint if desired.

Perfect for breakfast, a tea or dessert.

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Happy 100th Birthday, Girl Scouts! Savannah Smiles Frozen Lemonade Tarts

It’s Girl Scout cookie season! I was a Girl Scout. I remember earning badges, skits that made us laugh and quite literally crossing over the bridge from Brownies over to Juniors. I even remember learning how to cover matches with wax to protect them from the rain while camping – only in Western Washington would a girl need to know that. So many memories have been made because of Girl Scouts… so many smiles. Thus, the Savannah Smiles Frozen Lemonade Tarts are the best way to celebrate.


Savannah Smiles Frozen Lemonade Tarts



  • 9 ounces Savannah Smiles girl Scout cookies (1 1/2 packages)
  • 1 stick of butter


  • 3/4 sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Dash of salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • Juice and rind of 2 medium lemons
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 six ounce container Yoplait Boston Cream Pie Yogurt (or plain vanilla yogurt)


Toss Savannah Smiles into food processor and turn onto lowest setting to crumble cookies.

Yeah. Like that.

Melt stick of butter and drizzle over crushed cookies.

Using pulse setting, mix until all the lemony cookies are covered in butter.

Press crust Savannah Smile crust into mini cheesecake pan. This is a very handy little pan to have indeed. Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for about 8-9 minutes. When done, set aside to cool.

To make filling, place sugar, cornstarch and salt in medium saucepan. Measure cream, milk and eggs and set aside.

Using a microplane grater, zest lemon rind into a bowl. Add lemon juice to bowl as well. Set aside.

Mise en Place (MEEZ-ahn-plahs). In plain English this means to have your ingredients ready to go – you know, like a good Girl Scout.

Whisk cream, milk, eggs and lemon juice into sugar, cornstarch & salt. Whisk together very well. Add butter. Continue to whisk while cooking on medium-low heat. When it begins to boil, remove from heat

Whisk until thick (happens quickly after it starts to boil). Set aside and allow to cool. You can place in fridge to speed the cooling process along.

After lemon filling has cooled, whisk the yogurt into the filling until well mixed.

Whisky business.


Place a scant 1/4 cup of filling into each tart pan. Smooth tops just a bit. Freeze for about 1 1/2 hours. Remove tarts from pan and remove metal piece from the bottom of each tart.

Make fresh whipped cream and place into a decorating bag with a large border tip. Swirl whipped cream on top of each tart. For fun, you can add a Savannah Smile on the top and cut paper straws into thirds and serve in matching cupcake liners.

100 years of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Well done, Girl Scouts. Well done. Happy birthday from one of those girls.

This blog post is brought to you by a Girl Scout who earned her baking badge and the Girl Scouts of Western Washington. This recipe is part of a contest. Public voting begins here on February 16th, 2012 for the finalists and lasts through March 1st, 2012.


Update on 3.7.12 – I will be on New Day Northwest this Friday, March 9th at 11am on channel 5. (Originally taped for March 6th but was preempted by President Obama’s news conference).

Update on 3.2.12 – Savannah Smiles Frozen Lemonade Tarts won the first ever Girl Scouts of Western Washington recipe contest! I’m so honored to represent the girls in green on New Day Northwest at 11am this Tuesday, March 6th!

Update on 2.16.12 -Yay! This recipe has been chosen as a finalist in the first ever Girl Scout recipe contest! You can vote for the Savannah Smiles Frozen Lemonade Tarts here. Thank you! xo


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Berries Are Even Better When Circular

Recipe for a similar tart here. Just replace the strawberry glaze with fresh raspberries and blueberries.

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Strawberry Glaze and Strawberry Tart Recipe


strawberry pudding tart
First make this lovely crust which we used to make the kiwi tart last year.

Then make this gorgeous homemade vanilla pudding. Chill for a few hours or overnight and place in tart.

And finally a new recipe…

Strawberry glaze. Oh sweet baby Jesus, you shall love me forever for this one. I promise.

I forgot to get pictures of the first step. Okay, maybe the second step as well. I was just so very excited.

Place about 4 -5 cups of fresh, sliced strawberries into a medium-large bowl. Stir in 3/4 cup of cold water and 1/4 cup of sugar. Stir and set aside to rest for about 10 minutes to allow the sugar to draw out the strawberries juices.

In a saucepan, whisk together 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/8 cup of cornstarch. This will allow the cornstarch to break up and make lumps to magically disappear.

Using a strainer, pour the juices that have drawn out of the fresh strawberries into the pot with the cornstarch and sugar mixture. If you see lumps, no worries. Just place sauce in the blender for a couple of minutes and then put back into pot. Set fresh strawberries aside again.

Heat on medium to medium high heat while continually stirring. Allow to remain at a low boil for 5 minutes. You should see sauce begin to thicken. Allow to chill for a few hours or overnight.

To finish off the tart, pile fresh strawberries on top and then pour chilled glaze over them. Oh my.

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I know, right?

This should make one 10 inch tart or about 4 personal size tarts. Indeed, this is what the month of June is for.

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Rocky Road Chocolate Tart

Day 7

It only took us over a year to finally get together after meeting through our community emails. When we finally did, I was thrilled that she had an English accent but I was the one who ordered tea. Meeting people for the first time always comes with lovely surprises and in this case, a recipe that I shall never be able to forget.

Just look at that buttery sweet crust, the slivered almonds (for this is my favorite almond shape of all) and the fudgy filling.

  • 8 oz McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits (In the US you can get these at Cost Plus World Market or Amazon.com) (Failing that, substitute with Graham Crackers, but only in an emergency)
  • 4 oz butter
  • 8 oz chocolate chips (use the good stuff, your mouth will love you)
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup sliced, toasted almonds (butter toffee peanuts are also particularly yummy)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

STAGE 1: Gently melt the butter in a pan. Finely grind the Digestive Biscuits (use a food processor or place in a zip-lock bag & beat with a rolling pin) and stir into the melted butter until completely mixed. Tip the biscuit mixture into a 9-inch loose-bottomed fluted tart pan. Press the crumbs down with a {straight-sided} glass to form an even layer on the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Use the side of a knife to keep the top of the sides even. Refrigerate until completely cold.

STAGE 2: Heat the cream in a pan. Put the egg yolks in a small bowl. As the cream begins to simmer, turn off the heat & whisk 1/4 cup of the hot cream into the yolks & then another 1/4 cup. Then pour the egg /cream mixture into the hot cream left in the saucepan & stir well. Add the chocolate chips and stir gently until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is dark, smooth, thick & very glossy. It takes a little while. Mix the marshmallows, nuts and cranberries in a clean bowl. Reserve 1 cup of this nut mixture and spread the remaining 2 cups evenly over the tart base. Pour the chocolate mixture, slowly and evenly, into the tart base, completely coating the nut mixture. It is easiest to use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to do this as it’s way more controllable than pouring from a heavy pan. Do not overfill the crust, but make sure all of the filling is covered. You will be left with about ½ cup of the chocolate mixture. Set this aside at room temperature. When that tart is filled with the chocolate mixture, carefully place in the refrigerator to set.

STAGE 3: When the chocolate mixture is set sprinkle the remaining cup of nut mixture over the top of the tart. Remove the fluted ring from the tart but leave the tart on the metal base as it makes it much easier to transport. Drizzle (or pipe) the remaining ½ cup chocolate mixture back & forth over the surface. Return to the ‘fridge to set.

STAGE:  4 Rejoice in a new friendship. Rejoice in a shared love of all things insanely funny. Rejoice in the Holiday Rocky Road Chocolate Tart.

You can also find this recipe on my friend’s delightful foodie blog, Foodie Footnotes where she writes about her adventures in baking as well as the amazing breakfasts she has tried in her travels.

But wait. There’s more. She is also a talented photographer & posts her pictures at Crazy Feet Photography.

Did I mention she has a British accent?


12 days of Christmas: Seattle’s Pike Place Market and give away winner announced!


Javier says:

December 13, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Nice pics!!! I’ll try to make it for the next photo session. =)


Congratulations, Javier!


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