Blueberry Mascarpone Tartlets

by Michael on July 23, 2013 · 29 comments

Blueberry Mascarpone Tartlet

Don’t call it a comeback…  A few things combined to make posting near impossible. Before I knew it things mounted up and my blog took a back seat. But that’s about to end. Right now.

So let’s move on and get caught up.

The last few months have been busy. Good busy. Two destination wedding shoots and weekends back home packed with 12+ hours of wedding shoots, both locally and in Ontario’s wine country an hour and a bit away. Add in engagement shoots all over the map, consultations and rehearsals and time has just slipped away. But we’re thankful it’s still July and we have a lot of new memories to make. Behold.

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We recently arrived back from another shoot away in Punta Cana and promptly fell ill. It wasn’t until a few days ago that we both started to feel ourselves again. And it feels good to be back. So after a good few days of clean, healthy eating we were just starting to sink into all that summer has to offer. Hot days, cool breezy evenings and golden hour creeping in  later each night. The benefits of summer add up quickly and aren’t limited to the weather itself. It also means great local options and fresh food at our doorstep.

The farmer’s market is a short walk away and with vendors now setting up shop outside, making a stop there on the weekend has become part of the routine. This weekend I came home with a haul of rhubarb, tomatoes and blueberries. Incredibly bright and flavourful berries. So with rain on the horizon I did what I always do on any summer day with potential for rain. I baked. And this time it was a quick and easy take and a household favourite.

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These tartlets tasted like a mid-summer day in Ontario.  Fresh berries from a nearby orchard, mascarpone cheese with both orange zest and and maple syrup and a ginger snap base. Sweet and rich and loaded with complementing flavours. And a great way to kick back into the groove of this blog. And it’s just getting started.

From my kitchen to yours,

Michael

 

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Blueberry Mascarpone Tartlets

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cup ginger snap cookies
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups blueberries, rinsed
  • 3/4 cup mascarpone
  • 2 tbsp. orange zest
  • 2 tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • icing sugar, for dusting

Prep:

  1. Pulse the ginger snap cookies in your food processor. Add the melted butter and pulse into combined. Remove.
  2. Grease 6 tartlet pans. Divide ginger crumb mixture into six. Press each one into the tartlet pans. Press evenly along the bottom and up the sides. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Place tartlets on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and let cool.
  4. While the tarts cool, make the mascarpone filling. Place the mascarpone, orange zest and juice, maple syrup and icing sugar in a medium bowl and mix to combine. Spread into each cooled tartlet shell.  Top with blueberries and dust with icing sugar.

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Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul July 24, 2013 at 2:34 am

Nice to have you back Mike! Love the tartlets and especially that base. Great stuff!

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Michael July 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

Thanks Peter!

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thelittleloaf July 24, 2013 at 3:05 am

These tartlets are absolute beauties! Pretty much every ingredient in here is something I love…

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Michael July 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

Thanks! All favourites of mine as well.

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Jen @ Savory Simple July 24, 2013 at 8:37 am

Your photography is always so inspiring!

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Michael July 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

Thank you so much Jen! I really appreciate that.

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Susan July 24, 2013 at 10:38 am

Yum! Love the little twists you’ve given these tarts … orange juice in lieu of lemon, maple syrup in place of sugar, and the gingersnaps are a terrific idea! Good work here and such little beauties!

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Michael July 24, 2013 at 11:02 am

Thank you! I love orange and cream together and syrup is in abundance here so it’s a natural fit for me.

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Corinne July 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm

oh wow these tartlets look absolutely divine! I can’t wait to try them out.
Question – would it be possible to create a single tart from this recipe? I have a potluck this weekend and I’ve been searching for a dish to bring – this looks like it could be the perfect one!

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Nice to see you back, these tartlets are beauties!

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Stephanie July 24, 2013 at 11:03 pm

These tarts look delicious, but what’s more is that I LOVE that plate in the last photo! WANT.

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Michael July 24, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Thanks! I have 6 or 8 of those bowls. Love them but don’t need that many. Picked them up quite cheap.

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Brian @ A Thought For Food July 25, 2013 at 7:32 am

Beautiful tartlets, Michael!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 25, 2013 at 8:37 am

These are absolutely stunning! Lovely!

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom July 25, 2013 at 11:36 am

Loved how you described summer and these lovely lovely tartlets! just beautiful. . and good to have you back!

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic July 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm

How pretty! I love the idea of mascarpone with orange zest and maple syrup.

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Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today July 27, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Busy is good. Nice to see you posting a bit :)

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Kristen July 29, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Just so stunning….

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cquek July 30, 2013 at 4:19 am

I will definitely be adding this to our Autumn dinner list.

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Samantha August 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Beautiful tarts. I can’t wait to give these a go.

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Rosemary August 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm

missed your postings, nice to see a new one and love this recipe!! Your pictures make the blueberry tarts look so inviting, I could just about reach into the screen and devour one lol

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Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence August 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Wow, beautiful photos. I just want to dive right in!

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Jess August 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

These look so yummy and I love your photos!

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Darren August 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Hey Mike,
I absolutely love your gorgeous fresh photos of your food. A friend of mine told me about your blog so had to check it out! And, I haven’t even gotten to the food yet! With it being blueberry peak season, one can’t help to be inspired to make these tarts! I like your simplicity of ingredients and how earthy they are. Refreshing!

Darren
chefdarreneads.com

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Michael August 12, 2013 at 7:59 pm

thank you so much Darren! And thanks for dropping by.

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) August 20, 2013 at 10:20 am

Wow! So gorgeous. Everything from the gingersnap crust to the orange juice and zest and the maple syrup. So many great flavors!

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