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Mini Ricotta Fruit Tartlets

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Ingredients
  Butter 6 Tablespoon
  Sugar 3 Tablespoon
  Egg yolk 1
  Grated lemon rind 1 Teaspoon
  Unsifted all purpose flour 1 Cup (16 tbs)
For ricotta filling
  Ricotta cheese 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  10x confectioners sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Finely chopped mixed candied fruits 2 Tablespoon
  Semi-sweet chocolate square 1⁄4 Ounce, chopped (1/4 Square, 1 Ounce Square)
  Grand marnier/Other orange-flavored liqueur 1 Tablespoon
  Assorted fresh fruit 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Such As Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Banana, Kiwi, Orange)
  Apricot preserves 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), warmed and strained
  Chopped pistachio nuts 3 Tablespoon
Directions

1. Beat together the butter, sugar and the egg yolk in a small bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy. Stir in the lemon rind. Stir in the flour, blending well to make a soft dough. Wrap the dough and refrigerate for 1 hour.
2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to hot (400°).
3. Press 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dough into 1 1/2- to 2-inch tartlet pans. Place the pans on cookie sheets.
4. Bake the tartlet shells in the preheated hot oven (400°) for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Cool the tartlet shells in the pans for 5 minutes. Gently loosen the tartlets from the pans with the tip of a knife. Remove the shells to wire racks to cool completely. The tartlet shells can be prepared several days ahead and stored at room temperature in a tightiy covered container.
5. Prepare the Ricotta Filling: Combine the ricotta cheese, 10 X sugar, candied fruit, chocolate and Grand Marnier in a small bowl; mix until well blended. Refrigerate the filling, covered, until ready to use.
6. To serve, fill each tartlet shell with 1 to 2 teaspoons of the ricotta filling. Arrange whole or cut-up fruits on top of the filling. Brush the tops with apricot preserves. Sprinkle the edges of the tartlet shells with the nuts.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Method: 
Baked
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Interest: 
Party
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes
Servings: 
12

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