Raspberry Mascarpone Mini Tarts
by Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
Today, the group of bloggers associated with the Sunday Supper Movement are jointly posting recipes for Mother’s Day.
The Mother’s Day I am celebrating is going to be rather low-key. Our air-conditioning is out, and it is just going to be me and my husband hanging out in the heat, tricking out some new additions to our patio decor, and grilling up some bratwurst tacos which will be featured in Weekday Suppers in about another week.
Both our mothers have passed away now, and our daughter is off working in Columbus doing her daily grind. So there is not much in the way of motherly things going on here. But Bill and I both think of our mothers all the time. Their memories are with us forever.
For me, some of my earliest memories are hanging out with Mom in the kitchen. When she wasn’t cooking (my earliest memory of her cooking is watching her fry homemade donuts), we would hang out in there. Sometimes while she did the ironing, she would have me count or read my older brother’s reading books from school. Fun time was often making paper dolls from old Sears catalog photos or making Barbie cars from empty shoe boxes while she stitched home made clothes for my dolls. We didn’t have very much back then, and she taught me a lot about thrift, and reusing things, and making things from scratch. Perhaps one of the reasons I enjoy cooking and making foods from scratch today.
Mom always took great pride in her cooking. Even if back in the 1960’s cooking wasn’t exactly the same as it is today. We have so many more choices now. And many things we can buy can make things much easier.
For my Mother’s Day recipe with the group, I decided to post a recipe I developed last year and was going to enter into a recipe contest when an appropriate theme came around. It is for raspberry mascarpone mini tarts, which are no-bake, made with only five simple ingredients, can be made in just a few minutes time, and are easy enough for a small child to put together, with little to no supervision or assistance from a parent, or even an older brother or sister.
I do think that at least for me, Mother’s Day was less about celebrating the things my family loved me for and more about teaching my child about how to be able to honor someone they cared about, showing them simple ways to show their appreciation, and develop the sense of pride in their own cooking skills. For if I had made these for my own mother, I am sure she would have exclaimed “Oh! How sweet!” and made me feel wonderful the way she always managed to do. But we didn’t have these easy ingredients back then, and not even when my own child was growing up.
And as a kid, I would have felt such pride and happiness to be able to put together a dessert that looked dainty, fancy and elegant, without it being above my own ability to make. These are so simple–stir the filling, fill the cups and add fruit and powdered sugar. As an idea for Dad to help the kids get a surprisingly wonderful food treat together for their Mom, this is going to be the bomb.
So I hope that if your kids get to make this for their mom, they are as pleased about it as their mom will be. These kind of food memories tend to last for so long, and as well, help to build cooking skills which will enrich their health and lives far into the future when mothers past are long a memory and new mothers spring up to take their place.
So have a Happy Mother’s Day and remember to make it a learning and happy moment for the kids. Without kids, there are no mothers!
Raspberry Mascarpone Mini Tarts
- 1 (1.9-ounce box) Athens frozen mini fillo shells, thawed
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1/4 cup raspberry jam
- 15 fresh raspberries
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- Stir together jam and softened mascarpone cheese until smooth.
- You can pre-bake the fillo cups but it is not necessary (especially if you want smaller children to do this whole thing themselves).
- Fill fillo shells with filling.
- Place one raspberry on top of each.
- Place powdered sugar in a sieve and dust mini tarts.
- Can be served at once, but also can be chilled for several hours before serving (may need a recharge on the powdered sugar).
Serves 5 (3 mini tarts per person)
From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
Celebrating recipes for Mother’s Day
As part of the Sunday Supper Movement, I and a host of other food bloggers are pleased to present to you some of our favorite Mother’s Day recipes to enjoy and prepare for all those wonderful Moms we have out there.
Special thanks to Camilla of Culinary Adventures With Camilla for graciously hosting this event and working so hard to make sure all the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed. It’s a big group and a ton of work to keep all together! Thanks so much.
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- Momma’s Mimosa by Our Good Life
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- Classic Basil Pesto Crostini by Cooking Chat
- Fennel and Radish Citrus Salad by Tasting Page
- Healthy Ham Salad Minis by Momma’s Meals
- Pate with Spiced Pears by The Joyful Foodie
- Pesto Pasta Salad by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Super Sunny Dutch Oven Sourdough by What Smells So Good?
- Blackberry Almond Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast by The Crumby Cupcake
- Broccoli Cheddar Frittata with Tomatoes by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Chicken and Pepper Rice with Fried Egg by Family Foodie
- Chicken Tajine with Prunes and Almonds by The Petit Gourmet
- Coriander Salmon with Capered Green Beans by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Dutch Baby Pancake by Curious Cuisiniere
- Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs and Ramps in Puff Pastry by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Mimosa Waffles by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Mushroom Manchego Cream Filled Crepes by Lifestyle Food Artistry
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- Blueberry Breakfast Cake by Noshing With The Nolands
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- Cherry Cheesecake Pastry Braid by The Redhead Baker
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- Deluxe Salted Caramel Turtle Sundae by The Weekend Gourmet
- Gluten Free Strawberries and Cream Cake by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Lemon Blackberry Mini Tarts by Life Tastes Good
- Lemon Brownies by Pies and Plots
- Lower Fat Peach Cheesecake by Food Done Light
- Mini Chocolate Marshmallow Bombe Soufflé by Nik Snacks
- Mini Lemon Almond Cupcakes by Caroline’s Cooking
- Nutella Cheesecake Shooters by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Pavlova by The Freshman Cook
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- Raspberry Mascarpone Mini Tarts by Palatable Pastime
- Rose Apple Custard Tart by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Soft-Baked Lemon Coconut Cookies by One Sweet Mess
- Steamed Strawberry Coconut Poke Cake by Wallflour Girl
- Sunshine Lemon Cake Pop Bouquet by A Day in the Life on the Farm
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