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Tartlets with Lemon Curd and Whipped Cream (Korzinki)

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $10-$15
Servings: 36 tartlets

Ingredients

Tartlet (korzinki) ingredients:

  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 5 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 1/8 tsp a generous pinch baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp real mayonnaise
  • 1 1/3 cups+ 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour

Lemon Curd Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp Grated lemon zest from 1 medium lemon
  • 1/2 scant cup just under 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3-4 lemons)
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • Pinch of Salt

Whipped Cream Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream very cold
  • 2 Tbsp confectioners powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract

Optional Garnish:

  • Raspberry mint or basil leaves

You will need:

  • A mini muffin pan I used three 12-count pans and baked them all at once

Instructions

How to Make Lemon Curd: (start with the lemon curd since it needs time to cool)

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together until smooth: 3 large eggs, 1/3 cup sugar, pinch of salt and grated lemon zest.
  2. Whisk in 1/2 cup strained lemon juice, then add 6 Tbsp of butter pieces. Place pot over medium heat and cook, whisking constantly until butter is melted and the mixture is thickened. Bring to a gentle simmer for a few seconds then strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl. Let cool to room temp, then cover and refrigerate to thicken fully. This recipe lasts up to a week when refrigerated.

How to Make the Tartlet Crusts (Korzinki): Pre-heat the Oven to 350 degrees F.

  1. In the bowl of your electrix mixer, whisk together 1 egg with 1/3 cup sugar until even consistency.
  2. Using the paddle attachment, add 5 1/2 Tbsp softened butter and mix on medium/high speed until creamy (3-5 min)
  3. Add 1/8 tsp of baking soda, 1 Tbsp of mayo and mix until well blended.
  4. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time and mix until well incorporated. It should be a soft cookie dough consistency when it's done.
  5. Use your hands to roll dough into gum-ball-sized circles of dough. If it doesn't roll easily in your hands (i.e. if it's really sticky) add more flour. I ended up with 36 balls of dough. Place dough into mini-muffin dishes. I used 3 (12-count) pans at a time. If your pans are non-stick, you don't have to grease them.
  6. Use your fingers to form a well in the dough. Make a deep well since the bottoms rise quite a bit while baking.
  7. Bake at 350˚F for 10 minutes, or until edges are golden. Tip cookies onto a clean towel (mine popped right out with a gentle tap on the counter). Turn cookies right side up to cool to room temperature. They will cool faster on a wire rack.

How to Make Whipped Cream:

  1. Beat 1 cup heavy whipping cream on high speed until soft peaks form then add 2 Tbsp powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla and continue to beat on high speed until stiff and spreadable (mine took about a minute). Don’t over-beat it or it will be buttery.
  2. Refrigerate cream until ready to use.

Assembling your Tartlets:

  1. Spoon the lemon curd over each tartlet crust (about 1 - 1/2 tsp on each one) - you can be generous; you may even have a few Tbsp left over.
  2. You can spoon on the whipping cream or pipe it on. I used my Wilton 1M open start tip. Garnish with fresh basil leaves, or raspberries if desired and serve! Refrigerate any tartlets that don't get eaten.

Recipe Notes

Tips on whipping cream:
Freeze or refrigerate your mixing bowl and whisk attachment 10-15 minutes prior to beating cream. Keep cream refrigerated until ready to use. The colder it is, the better it whips. Also, make sure you are using HEAVY whipping cream.