Mini Fruit Tarts with Phyllo (Filo) Dough Cups

Mini Fruit cups
one bite!
Blueberries, Strawberry, & Mandarins
This post is so late in coming.. I know
I wanted to make mini fruit tart, and I was being lazy so I planned on buying the pre-made tarts shells, but alas they did not have it at the store. So I just bought some filo dough and thought I'd make do. For those of you who might not know, filo dough is what you make baklava with.

Step 1: Custard (recipe courtesy of Salad in a Jar)

Microwave Custard Filling

2 1/4 cups milk (I used 2%  but any milk will work, even skim)
4 egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons butter
  Dump milk, egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch and salt into blender or food processor.  You could also whisk it well but results may not be as smooth.  Blend for about 10 seconds.  There may be a lot of foam.  That’s OK–it will disappear when cooked.

Second: Pour into 2-quart glass batter bowl.  (DO NOT USE A SMALLER CONTAINER–it could boil over and make a  mess.)  Cook in microwave on HIGH for 5-7 minutes.  Whisk well after each minute.  After 4 minutes, whisk every 30 seconds.  Watch filling carefully.  Do not answer the phone.  Do not pass GO.  Do not collect 200$! It will become thick in a split second and you want to be there to whisk and make sure filling cooks evenly.  When this happens it may look like a big lump rising up in the middle or one side. Whisk furiously and it will all smooth out. Trust me. Keep cooking till thick as pudding but do not allow to boil.  Practice makes perfect with this step. If it should turn out lumpy (beginner’s luck), put it through a sieve immediately.
Third: Stir vanilla and butter into thick custard.  Press plastic wrap over the surface to prevent a skin from forming.  Let cool on the counter (or in ice bath if you are short on time) until lukewarm, then pour filling into prepared crust.   Again press plastic wrap against surface and refrigerate until filling is cold and firm.
Add Vanilla & butter

It's like magic how it thickens!
I made 3 batches - so I had 12 egg whites left over.
Egg whites
So  I made a frittata with them for breakfast the next morning.

KAY STEP 2: Filo Dough Cups
To make the cups, I used mini muffin pans.
To cut the dough, I used a pizza cutter to get clean lines.
Melt some butter in a bowl and have a brush ready, and you are good to go.
All ready to go
Cut the dough into little square, and put about 3 to 4 sheets into each muffin spot. Then bake at 350 for 8 minutes.
Melted butter
All ready to be filled now.
The custard was cooled and put into a piping bag.

Filler up
Place fruit in cups. I used canned mandarins, strawberries, and blueberries. You can use mango, raspberries, black berries.. whatever your heart desires.

Put apricot jelly in a microwave safe bowl and add some of the mandarin orange syrup to thin it out.
Painting with jam?
Brush that onto the fruit to give it that beeeutiful shine.
So purty!

Ready to go
It made about 100. SO MANY!!!
I still have custard left over. 


  1. Mmm looks so good and the colors are loverly!

    I want your frittata recipe :)


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