Friday, February 12, 2016

Lemon Raspberry Tarts for Two

Lemon Raspberry Tarts | Cooking on the Front Burner

I'm so glad you are here today because it is the 12th of the month and what makes this so special is that our #12blogger group is back with 12 recipes (12 ingredients or less) and this months' theme is... drum roll.... Desserts for Two.  They are just in time for Valentine's Day (but as we all know sweets are great all year long too!) We have lots of delicious treats to choose from and I'm excited to share these Lemon Raspberry Tarts.  Flaky puffed pastry, creamy lemon filling, topped with fresh raspberries and a dusting of powdered sugar.  So take a pick from one of these treats below and put a smile on your sweetheart's face :)

Puffed pastry has to be one of my favorite things to work with - I really love how you can cut it into any shape you want and use about any kind of filling you desire.  And as most of you know, I {heart} lemons, let me count the ways...  Well, one way is lemon curd and the recipe I'm sharing below is super easy to make and comes out perfect every time.  But let's say you are running short on time, feel free to substitute pre-made - it's OK, really! 

Now that we have your desserts covered, what's your plan for a main meal?  We kind of wing it every year - we've gone out, we've stayed home and I'm even admitting we've had leftovers sometimes!  It all just kind of depends what is going on.  Unless you've made reservations in advance, restaurants are impossible to get into.  One year we tried and well, that's the last time we didn't pre-plan.  I think that night we ended up at Chipotle's and as the saying goes, the way to a man's heart is his stomach and I think the DIY Guy was secretly glad we ended up there - he loves the place!  Whatever you decide to do, hope one of these desserts will be on your menu! 

Mini Lemon Raspberry Tarts

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 15-20 minutes
Yield - 2
  • One puffed pastry sheet
  • 18 raspberries
  • sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk (save whites for pastry brushing)
  • 8 ounces 1/3 less fat softened cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (plus more for dusting)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. For puffs: on a floured surface roll the pastry into a 10" square and cut into 4 equal squares. Place squares on sheet and then lightly score 1/2" around edges with a sharp knife. Mix the egg white with 1 tablespoon water then brush on edges of pastry and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 15-20 minutes golden brown. Remove from oven and re-score and then press the puffed middle to just below the scored edge. Be sure not to cut all the way through the dough when scoring
  3. For curd: mix lemon juice, zest and 1/4 c sugar over medium heat until boiling. In separate bowl beat egg and additional yolk. Whisk lemon mixture into eggs (be sure to add a little bit at a time and constantly whisk so you don’t end up with the eggs cooking. Add back to pan and cover over medium heat whisking constantly until thickened. Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl and place plastic wrap on top (after it cools a bit) and cool completely.
  4. For filling: in a medium bowl beat the cream cheese with 1/2 cup of the lemon curd and then add the vanilla and powdered sugar. Mix until smooth
  5. To assemble: place about 3 tablespoons of filling on pastry and top with 9 raspberries. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated one day. Just before serving dust with powdered sugar
  6. NOTE: this makes 4 so I served 2 one day and 2 the next!
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Lemon Tart Pastries | Cooking on the Front Burner

Lemon Raspberry Tarts | Cooking on the Front Burner

Lemon Tart Pastries | Cooking on the Front Burner

Here's what the other gals made!

S'Mores Mug Cake for Two from Around My Family Table
 Oreo Cheesecake for Two from Home Cooking Memories
 Tiramisu for Two from Big Bear's Wife
 Puffed Pastry Lemon Tart with Raspberries from Cooking on the Front Burner
 Texas Sheet Cake for Two from Love Bakes Good Cakes
 Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Skillet Brownie from Thyme For Cocktails
 Skillet Cookie for Two from A Night Owl
 Deep Dish Red Velvet Cookie from Pink Cake Plate
 Creme Brûlée for Two from {i love} my disorganized life
 Cherry Pie Dessert Pizza for Two from See Vanessa Craft
 Skillet Brownie for Two from Kleinworth & Co. 

Lemon Raspberry Tarts | Cooking on the Front Burner


  1. Oh man, those look delicious. They look so pretty too!

  2. I think I'd take both of these for myself!

  3. I make a version of this just using custard and I normally get rave reviews but I really fancy trying your version as the lemon filling sounds yummy!

  4. These are SO beautiful! I love lemon and raspberry together. And just the right amount when made for two! Though I would probably eat both of them myself. ;)

  5. That dusting of powdered sugar seals the deal for me! These are gorgeous!

  6. I love these little tarts, Deb! As you know, I'm a sucker for anything lemon - and berries just make it even more awesome!

  7. Aren't these just beautiful! I love that they are made for 2! YUM

  8. These look amazing and just the thing to get me into the spring mood!

  9. Deb, these tarts are absolutely gorgeous! They would be perfect for Easter brunch!!!

  10. These are so gorgeous and make me excited for spring!

  11. I absolutely LOVE using puff pastry! These look amazing!

  12. I just love puff pastry so much! There is just something about buttery pastry dough, add in those beautiful berries. Mmm. Your photos are beautiful.

  13. Hello fabulous! I'm just stopping by to let you know that we will be featuring your yummy tarts at our party that starts tonight at 7 pm. Pinned and tweeted! Thanks for sharing them with us! Lou Lou Girls

  14. I pinned for future reference. Everyone needs a go-to quick dessert. Thanks. :)

  15. I want to reach out and grab one of these! It looks so good! Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to try it!

  16. How yummy! My son loves anything lemon and my daughter - raspberries! Sounds like the perfect combo. I'd love for you to stop by and share at our new link party - where we make the features! Thanks for sharing!

  17. What a beautiful dessert, it looks amazing! I will definitely be making this for my hubby!

  18. Oh man these are calling my name!


  19. The perfect combo & this dessert looks amazing.Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Party @DearCreatives Pinned & shared.

  20. That is a pretty dessert and they look delicious.
    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  21. Wow! They look so pretty, almost too pretty to eat.


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