Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mango Madness: Mango Rosette Tartlets

This randomly popped up - a challenge to do a mango madness blog post! I found out about it from @nella22 on Twitter. I don't have nearly enough time to devote myself fully to Twitter, but I do check it out at least once a day. I was mentioning to her how I was getting ready to do a post on mangoes and she told me to save it until Friday as "everyone" was going to be doing a #mangomadness post!

The rules:
-Something with mango (obviously)
-Eat mangoes while you create (obviously)

I had a mango ripening in the fridge and my brain reached back to a clipping I'd saved from a Martha Stewart Weddings magazine from a few years ago. How odd! But that was the first thing that came to mind. I have a folder where I keep all my clippings that have yet to be tested, so I knew it was safely inside. Once a recipe has been tested and deemed good enough to repeat, it makes it onto the pages of my special recipe book. 

This one was a keeper!

Mango Rosette Tartlets

Don't those look beautiful??! A lovely crust and some whipped cream/creme fraiche filling topped with mango!

Well, I totally deviated from the recipe. I'm starting to do that more often! I had this amazing butter cookie dough in the freezer, just waiting to be used up. I had made it for sugar cookies and it was so delicious. I thought, tart dough = why not?

This recipe is adapted from the America's Test Kitchen and was recommended to me by @nella22:

Butter Cookies (aka Tart Dough!)
2 1/2 c All-Purpose Flour
3/4 c sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 c unsalted butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla
2 T cream cheese, softened*

Mix all together, shape into discs, and refrigerate.

*I didn't have cream cheese at the time so I actually substituted some Greek yogurt I already had. It worked great! I suppose you could even try using sour cream.

Now, back to our delicious tarts!

These were the molds I used. They are very, very tiny. I think in the magazine, they used ones a bit bigger, and were able to use more mango. These were gifted to me by my husband's aunt. She found them at a Goodwill-type store for suuuper cheap. A huge bag of different shapes! Amazing. And she thought of me :) Aww!

Now, take your refrigerated tart dough and roll it out to about 1/4"-1/8" thickness, whatever you are comfortable with. I know there are easier ways to do this, but my tart pans were very light, so I decided to use a round cutter for each pan.
It is slightly larger than the tart pan.

Cut out however many you want (I made 14).

And very carefully, ease the dough into the pan.

Even more carefully, press the dough into the rounded edges of the pan without squishing it too much, until everything is nice, cozy, and even.

If you have edges that hang out, use a small knife to neatly trim them. The edges should look nice since everyone sees that! Once you've got all your pans done, refrigerate them for 30 minutes to let the dough get firm again. 

Then, prick the bottoms with a fork, and bake at 350 until they are baked to perfection (about 20-25 mins). Let cool completely on a wire rack before filling. 
1/2 c cold heavy cream
1 T powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c creme fraiche*
1 mango, peeled and halved
small mint leaves

*If you are unable to find creme fraiche ("fresh cream", a decadent sort of sour cream) at your local market, you can make it very easily at home! I did, using this website as a guide. I made mine with heavy cream and buttermilk.

Whip the cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla until soft peaks form. Gently fold in the creme fraiche and taste for desired sweetness. I found that I had to add a little more powdered sugar to mine.

Spoon the filling into a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip, and pipe into the tart shells, filling them halfway. 

Next, slice your mango very very thinly, roll each slice into a rose and place onto your tart. I found this part to be very tricky! And I think in the magazine picture, they used several pieces of mango. I used only one. Pop on a bit of mint and your Mango Rosette Tartlets are ready!

Can't get enough mango?! (I know I can't!)

Check out these other #mangomadness bloggers for great recipes and inspiration!  by the #mangocrazy Annapet by the #mangomaniac Elizabeth  by the #mangosocial Karriann  by the #mangofriend Malou by the #dominicanmango Francys by the #mangowriter Nelly  by the #mangobaker Erin


Marnely Rodriguez said...

Seriously, these look perfect for a brunch or tea party!! So happy you could join Aubs, so much fun! And that dough, looks PERFECT!!

Aubs said...

thank you - and that dough is DELICIOUS! I don't think i can stress that enough haha!

Terra said...

I love your tarts, I think in the real world, making those roses would be too hard. I think the tarts look gorgeous! Such a perfect dessert tapas:-)

Karriann Graf said...

Your Mango Rosette Tartlets look delicious! Perfect for a special occasion. Thanks for sharing!


Among the mango madness posts that I read this morning I would say that yours is the most dainty and romantic mango post! yep hands down. As much as possible I want to keep them as is, if I were to see them, but on the other hand, it would be hard to resist the mango goodness so yeah, these pretty tartlets will disappear in no time.
I really enjoyed this mango madness party with you!

Francys_Mariel said...

aub! they look so pretty! I think this are perfect for brunch small and easy to eat!
Ill tell Nelly to help me make them so they can end up as nice as yours!

Annapet said...

WAIT! These are too pretty to eat! They are so PERFECT!

Alyson said...

OMG, yum! Those look amazing!

Lisa~~ said...

Yum and beautiful! I happened to post a mango recipe today, please stop over and check out my Mango Gazpacho.

Cook Lisa Cook

Elizabeth said...

Oh I love this post! This was so much fun to do with all of you. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the techniques you used. May I know where you got the small tart pans? Those are hard to find.

Aubs said...

Someone found them for me at a thrift store. You can buy little sets at Williams-Sonoma but they are expensive!

Alan Cooke said...

Yum! If they taste half as good as they look (and I'm sure they do) then you've got a double winner!!

BigFatBaker said...

I am so sorry I am just now getting over here. But wow! You really knocked it out of the park on this one. The tartlets look absolutely stunning! I can only imagine they taste as wonderful as they look. Great job! I can't wait for our next group post! :)

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