Afternoon Tea and Victoria Long Weekend

17 May

Let all the Vancouverites rejoice as another long weekend as come again. The weather certainly held up as the mercury hit the twenties all week. To start off the the long weekend, I was invited to afternoon tea by a college friend. A tantalizing tea gathering it turned out to be as friends sipped fragrant tea and savoured delicious desserts while catching up.

For the gathering I made some mango tarts. Mangoes were in season and I thought what better way than to bake with seasonal fruits. I first made the pate sucre. It has been a staple recipe for all my tarts. Next came the pastry cream. HK Pasty Chef Tony Wong had an amazing tip. He suggested that in order minimize lumpy pastry cream, caused by the corn starch cooking first without dissolving, combine it with the sugar first. Works every time!!!

Once the tarts were baked, a think layer of chocolate was spread onto the crust. When the pastry cream had cooled, I poured it into the crust. Sliced mangoes were added next and the final step was sprinkling of the toasted coconut. Voila!!!

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Pastry Cream
1 1/4 cup milk
1 egg
2 egg yolk
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp flour
1/4 sugar

Result: I found that the custard complimented the Mangoes quite nicely. Simplicity wins again with the Mangoes being the star of this dessert. I certainly hope the tart was well received at the afternoon tea gathering!!!

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Happy Victoria Day Everyone!!!!

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2 Responses to “Afternoon Tea and Victoria Long Weekend”

  1. deliciouslynell May 17, 2014 at 8:31 PM #

    Gotta love some mango, especially in tarts! 🙂

  2. ironwhisk May 21, 2014 at 2:36 PM #

    Wow, these tarts look so pretty! I’ve never put mango on a tart before because I wasn’t sure how to cut it up nicely, but this is great! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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