How to Glaze a Fruit Tart

by Urvashee on January 7, 2015 · 3 comments

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Ever see those gorgeous shiny fruit tarts in the bakery display case? They’re so colorful and meticulously arranged that you almost don’t even want to eat them. How do they make those fruit tarts look so shiny anyway?

There’s been a few times where I’ve looked into the pastry case and the glaze was total overkill. I have no idea what they are using on it. Gelatin maybe? Whatever it was, looked very rubbery. My personal opinion is that less is more. I like it to look pretty but in no way take away from the flavors and textures of the tart itself.

How to glaze a fruit tart

Fruit tarts are brushed with a glaze for two reasons. First, it gives it that nice shiny look. More importantly, it preserves the moisture and color of the fruit. You can easily do this with your fruit tarts at home too. I promise it takes very little effort. Once you’ve made your own tart dough and pastry cream, the glaze is a piece of cake (or should I say piece of tart?).

Making your fruit tart glaze is actually quite simple. All you need are fruit preserves or jelly and a pastry brush. I prefer to use apricot preserves but you can use apple or red currant depending on what fruits you’ve used on your tart. Simply heat a few Tablespoons over the stovetop so that it becomes loose and gently brush it onto your tart. That’s it! Sort of…

Depending on the type/brand of jelly you are using, you might need to make a few adjustments. Sometimes it helps to add a small amount of water (1/2 to 1 teaspoon per Tablespoon of jam) and then heating it. Or if you find that it’s still too chunky you can strain it before brushing it on.

How to glaze a fruit tartThe use of this glaze is not limited to fresh fruit tarts. It helps preserve cooked tarts and makes them look shiny too. If you are looking for a delicious cooked fruit tart, I highly recommend my pineapple almond tart or cherry almond tart.



White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cookies

by Urvashee on December 8, 2014 · 4 comments

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I’m not a regular drinker of Starbucks coffee but if I happen to have a coffee craving, the white chocolate mocha with a double shot is my go to beverage. If it’s winter, I’ll indulge in the peppermint mocha. For cookie week, I’ve taken my two favorite Starbucks coffee drinks and turned them into these delicious white chocolate and peppermint mocha cookies.


Earlier in the fall, I bought a bag of green mint chips. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but that shiny green bag was staring right at me. I just had to buy them. Hey, tis the season, right? My first thought was to do something with chocolate. Deep chocolate paired with mint, like in these snowflake cookies, is such a classic winter flavor.

Of course, I love anything mocha too! This would not be the first time I’ve taken a coffee drink and turned it into dessert. Have you seen these vanilla bean latte cupcakes? Anyways, my plan to use mint chips in a cookie eventually evolved into this awesome combination. (I also happen to have a bag of white chocolate chips!) The last time I baked cookies, I made super rich chocolate peanut butter cookies. They were so cakey and I loved them! This recipe also produces a nice fluffy cakey cookie. I’m totally into this cakey cookie texture.


Ok, lets talk about the coffee. These cookies are made with coffee grounds to give them an intense coffee flavor. See the tiny black specks? I used Trader Joe’s Wintry Blend, which happen to be blended with red and green peppercorns, cloves, and cinnamon. I got lucky because the extra spices may have subtly enhanced the cookie. It’s not a requirement to the recipe, it just happened to be all I had. I’m sure any type of grounds would taste just as good.

The minute I ate a warm cookie from the oven, I knew it was the perfect embodiment of the white chocolate and peppermint mochas. These cookies will absolutely delight any coffee lover and are fabulous when served warm. They’re perfect for the season and the green mint chips give them a nice color. If you want to make them even more festive, I suggest a sprinkle of mini red confetti quins. Enjoy! You can also find my original post and white chocolate peppermint mocha cookies recipe on Food Fanatic along with more fabulous cookie recipes as part of their Cookie Week!

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