Mini Strawberry-Pistachio Mascarpone Tarts
Prep Time: 35 min
Total Time: 35 min
These fruity mini tarts combine mascarpone cheese, vanilla bean seeds, fresh strawberries and roasted pistachio nuts in one simple yet elegant treat.
- 1/2 package Pillsbury™ refrigerated Pie Crusts, softened as directed on package
- 1 cup mascarpone cheese
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- Seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean
- 5 tablespoons strawberry jam
- 3/4 lb/375 g strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon chopped roasted pistachio nuts
- Heat oven to 450°F. Unroll pie crust on work surface. Roll crust out slightly to 13 inches; cut into 8 (4-inch) rounds (reroll scraps, and cut out remaining rounds if necessary). Place rounds on ungreased baking sheet. Use fork to poke holes all over dough rounds. Discard scraps.
- Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until tarts are golden and baked through. Cool completely on cooling rack.
- Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat mascarpone cheese, 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the vanilla bean seeds with electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Spread 2 tablespoons mascarpone mixture on top of each fully cooled tart. Place jam in small bowl; stir until smooth. Spread about 2 teaspoons jam on top of each. Arrange strawberries in decorative pattern on top of each.
- Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, then chopped pistachio nuts. Serve immediately.
- Swap mascarpone cheese for 1 package (250 g) cream cheese, softened, if desired.
- Poking holes all over pie crust before baking keeps crust from puffing up too much in oven.