Strawberry Cream Tartlets

Yesterday, in baking class, I burnt both of my thumbs.

Today, in my other class (after a night of an hour of sleep – on account of making ice cream at midnight), I cut the end of my thumb. Yeah, my thumb.

I’m thinking it’s a REALLY good thing I don’t have class tomorrow…

When I started classes I promised myself that it wouldn’t interfere with my priorities as a mother and wife. But some days when I get home from these classes where I burn and cut myself, I’m just don’t have enough time for some of the more elaborate meals and especially desserts my kids enjoy.

I’ve had to learn a few ways to adapt – one to plan much better, and two, to simplify.

This is a great dessert recipe because you can whip the entire thing out start to finish in like ten minutes, but they’re so stinking cute the kids don’t care! Score one for mom.

And besides, who doesn’t love things that are miniature?! Seriously, it practically screams eat ten of me.

Strawberry Cream Tartlets
Yields:15 Mini Tarts

4 oz. softened cream cheese
¼ c. + 2 tbs. confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
½ tsp. lemon zest
¼ diced strawberries*
15 mini Phyllo cups

In a medium bowl, cream together cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest until smooth. Spoon mixture into Phyllo cups. Top with a few pieces of diced strawberry, and serve.

*Notes: This would work equally well with blueberries sprinkled with a little powdered sugar, some candied citrus peel, some crushed pistachios, a few small curls of dark chocolate…You get the idea.

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  1. 1

    Beautiful tarts! Perfect for our Spring berries!

  2. 2

    Oooh, lovely quick, easy dessert. Your poor thumbs, hope they are on the mend!

  3. 3

    Jen! These look amazingly good and I’m glad they are easy! I just picked strawberries today so this will be perfect! Thanks for posting this. (And better your thumbs than the phyllo cups!…..JUST KIDDING!). Hope your digits are on the mend soon! : )

  4. 4

    These are a perfect little dessert! You can throw them together last second, and they still look impressive!
    Now if you could stop hurting yourself :)

  5. 5

    You’re totally right – I’d be eating 10 of these at a time! They look so good – can’t believe they come together so fast =)

  6. 6

    Oh no your thumbs! I totally understand your struggle juggling everything you have to do and you want to do. But I’m envious that you made a decision to take a baking (and cooking) lesson. I’m not a baker and I always want to be, but I just don’t know how to start (okay… I can bake cookies but never made cupcakes with icing on it). It might be a struggle now but you gain something afterwards. Your family will totally enjoy your cooking once it’s over. Your tartlets are BEAUTIFUL! Looks delicious and I can eat a couple (just to be humble) easily! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I’m so happy to find yours!

  7. 7

    Hope your thumbs are healing fine. Pretty little fruit tarts. It is handy to keep some phyllo cups in the freezer.

  8. 8

    Yikes! Sounds like you had a rough time there. Your tarts had to have made everything better. They look amazing!

  9. 9

    Crisp filo crust, creamy filling, fresh strawberries…they are just perfect together.

  10. 10

    These are a great little treat. I love your idea with the blueberries also.

  11. 11

    Score for mom indeed! I love desserts like this–simple, super delicious, and mini! And sorry about your thumbs!

  12. 12

    These look amazing! So perfect for summer and they’re so pretty too! I have some phyllo in my freezer. Hopefully my strawberry plants will kick it up a notch and I’ll see some red berries by next week so I can make these! :) Hope you have a great week!

  13. 13

    Oh your poor little thumbs! At least you get to sick back and relax with these lovely little tartlets!

  14. 14

    Hope you’re feeling better. I’ve been considering taking cooking classes. I just need to find a school that offers weekend classes. Great recipe!

  15. 15

    These should be in little chocolate/tart boxes wrapped up with ribbon and given to people on Valentines…because they are that pretty!

  16. 16

    Ouch! I hope your thumbs are better soon. That sounds painful. The strawberry tartlets, on the other hand sound amazing!

    • 17

      Thanks everybody. My thumbs are much better, although one of them looks completely disgusting… I will definitely not make that mistake again!

  17. 18

    Great recipe! Yummy!

  18. 19

    these look amazing… and dangerous 😀

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