- 130 gm cold butter, coarsely chopped
- 900 gm <b><u><a href='http://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/dark-fruit-mixture.htm'>dark fruit mixture</a></b></u>
- 400 gm brown sugar
- 3 Granny Smith apples, coarsely grated
- 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¾ tsp finely grated nutmeg
- ½ tsp each ground cloves and ground ginger
Burnt butter pastry
- 400 gm cold butter, coarsely chopped
- 625 gm plain flour
- 150 gm brown sugar
- 11 egg yolks
- 1For burnt butter pastry, cook butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until nut-brown (4-5 minutes), then remove from heat. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until solid (1 hour). Combine flour, sugar and a pinch of salt in a food processor. Coarsely chop burnt butter, add to flour mixture and process until mixture is sandy in texture, then add yolks and process to combine. Turn onto a work surface, bring together with the heel of your hand, form into a flat disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest (1 hour). (Depending on the capacity of your food processor, it may be easier to make the pastry in 2 batches.)
- 2Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180C. Cook butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until nut-brown (2-3 minutes), remove from heat and cool slightly, then combine in a bowl with dark fruit mixture, brown sugar, apple, orange rind and juice and spices, mixing well. Set aside.
- 3Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to 3mm thick, cut out eighteen 12cm-diameter rounds and line eighteen 80ml muffin moulds, then brush edges with eggwash. Divide fruit mixture among pastry cases, filling to 5mm below rims (there may be a little fruit mixture left over). Re-roll pastry scraps, cut out eighteen 8cm-diameter rounds and cut a small hole in the centre of each. Place a round over each pastry case, press edges to seal then trim excess pastry. Brush tops with eggwash and bake, turning trays occasionally, until golden (15-20 minutes). Cool for 30 minutes in moulds, then run a small knife around sides of moulds, carefully remove and cool completely on a wire rack. Serve dusted with icing sugar. Tartlets will keep stored in an airtight container for 3 days.