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Mandarin Orange Tarts 柳橙塔

Time really flies, today is already the last day for April's Little Thumbs Up - Orange Theme. I want to thank everyone who participated in this event, sharing your amazing creations and recipes.  Tze of Awayofmind Bakery House is our next host for May's Little Thumbs Up - Milk Theme. Please continue to share your recipes using milk in the ingredients to support Tze and Little Thumbs Up. 
Here is last my last post ~ Mandarin Orange Tarts for Little Thumbs Up - :Orange Theme.

These cute little tarts were made of sweet crust pastry and tangy of orange custard. They were wonderful and tasted delicious with some mandarin orange garnish. You can make the crust pastry and shape  it into tart shells a day ahead, keep refrigerated. As for the filling  this can be done the following day. They look very impressive and is a perfect treat to serve at a birthday party or any other occasion.

Mandarin Orange Tarts

      Sweet Tart Pastry (makes 16)
      110g Plain flour
      55g Cold butter, cut to cubes
      20g Icing sugar
      pinch of salt
      1 tbsp Ice water
  • Sift flour and icing sugar into a bowl. Add cold butter and rub with your finger tips till mixture becomes sandy.
  • Add in ice water and knead mixture to form dough. Add a little more ice water if the dough is too dry.
  • Shape it into ball and wrap it with foil then store in freezer for about 10 minutes.
  • Press a small piece of dough (about 12g) into tart tin. Trim the edges with a sharp knife. Prick the pastry at the bottom of the case with a small fork. 
  • Bake at preheated oven at 180C for 20 minutes till pale yellow. Remove and set aside.

      Fillings: (makes 22)
      3 Eggs (60-65g each)
      100g Caster sugar
      100ml Fresh orange juice
      zest of 1 orange
      1/2 tbsp Green lime juice

      2 canned Mandarin orange
      ~ drain and blot the oranges on paper towel to remove excess liquid.
  • Mix all the fillings ingredient in a measuring cup, stir gently till sugar dissolved and strain through a sieve.
  • Pour fillings into baked tarts till 90% full and bake at 180C for 15-20 minutes and leave to cool on wire rack.
  • Top with some mandarin oranges and dust with icing sugar/snow powder or brush with some apricot gel.
     Recipe adapted from the cookbook Pastries & Tarts by Alan Ooi with slight adjustments


      甜塔皮 (可做16个)
      110克 面粉
      55克 冷牛油,切丁
      20克 糖粉
      1汤匙 冰水
  • 将面粉和糖粉盐一起过筛到大碗中,加入牛油丁;用手搓成粒状。
  • 加入一汤匙冰水,搓成面团。假如感觉面团太干的话,可多加点冰水,搓到面团不粘手为止。
  • 混合完成的面团用锡纸抱起,放进结冰格冷藏约10分钟。
  • 取出将面团压(约12克)入塔模里,多余面团用刀刮除。用小叉在塔皮上插出一些小孔。
  • 送入预热烤箱,以180度烤约15分钟致浅黄色,取出备用。

     香橙馅料 (可做22个)
     3个 全蛋 (约60-65克一个)
     100克 细白糖
     100毫升 香橙汁
     1粒 香橙皮屑
     1/2汤匙 青柠檬汁

     2小罐 橙片,用厨房纸吸去多余的水分
  • 将香橙馅料混合均匀,过滤。
  • 在塔中倒入馅料致9分满。以180度烘烤约15-20分钟。
  • 取出放在凉架上,排入橙片,撒些防潮糖粉或涂上果冻胶即可享用。
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  1. Hi Ann!

    What a time I've been having commenting on your blog. It must be the version of Safari that I'm using. I saw your refreshingly beautiful Blackberry and Orange Salad this morning and for the life of me I just couldn't comment. It really was so "purty."

    This time I closed network blogs to if it worked. It may have. Anyway, now that I finally have the opportunity to tell you just how charming these Mandarin Orange Tarts are, I'm speechless, lol...They really are gorgeous Ann. What a delight it would be just to have one by my side:) Thank you so much for sharing, Ann...

    1. Hi Louise, Thank you for your compliment. I've the same problem as you when trying to comment on some bloggers' blog using Safari. I think we need to sign in to on Safari before leaving comment.

  2. Hi Ann
    I am totally speechless looking at this BEAUTIFUL petite tarts. Absolutely gorgeous!! Im sure it taste awesome!! (Im sorry I did not participate any Orange post...Well I did bake one orange cake but it didnt turn out well. Hopefully next time will support you again).

  3. 真漂亮,很喜欢那个罐头 mandarin orange。在我这里没看过。

  4. Hi Ann,

    Like Louise, I had the same problem, not able to comment on your blackberry and orange salad... dunno why???

    Yeah... Time flies so quickly!!! I was trying to catch up to comment the linking participants but I don't think I can manage to visit them all... too many at a go! Ai yo!!!

    I must thank you for being such a great host. I really enjoy baking and organising this event with you :D

    Before I forget... I must say nice tarts!!!!


    1. Hi Zoe, Thank you for letting me to host LTU. I'm very inspired by many creations by all the blogger friends here :)
      I just told Lousie the same problem that I had using Safari. Did you sign in to before leaving comment? I'm now using my desk top (Firebox or Chrome) and sometime Samsung tab 4.

  5. this is an absolute piece of art! so 喜气洋洋! just like the LTU you are hosting... ultra successful! 恭喜恭喜哈!

    1. Thank you, Victoria and your support to LTU too!

  6. Ann家里的小塔子就是那么精致透人的。记得上次的南瓜塔。现在多了一道香橙塔。那么我们是不是得要安排再次拜访呢?哈哈哈哈哈哈 。。。。。。

    1. Joceline, 这样的话,我要准备多一点甜食等你们来。

  7. Gorgeous tartlets, Ann. The orange filling sounds amazing.

  8. Ann, your mandarin orange tarts are so elegant and pretty! Nice to pop into the mouth and savour the sweet orangey taste. Yummy!

    1. Phong Hong, You're absolutely right. That's why I want to make the tarts into mini size... :D

  9. Hi Ann, these are really lovely to see and good to eat. Very nice. Bookmarked.

  10. Ann,这柳城塔好可爱哦,宴客的时候做肯定很赞

  11. 非常精致的小挞, 金黄黄的从老远就看到了! 哈哈

  12. I still have a can of mandarin oranges, was thinking to make similar tart to support your LTU, but running out of time, have to make this time., hehehe..

  13. These little tarts look so cute! Sunny, sweet and delicious!

  14. Hi Ann,
    Such delightful tarts!
    It looks delicious and perfect to snack on anytime of the day!

  15. So very lovely and dainty! Too pretty to eat :)

  16. Dear Ann, thank you for hosting LTU April's Orange theme. Your Mandarin Orange Tarts are so impressive and lovely. Will bookmark this.

    1. Thank you for your comment and taking your time to join LTU. So happy to know you :)

  17. HI Ann, sorry that I didn't post enough of orange recipes on your LTU! Looking at the last picture only made me realise that it was the mandarin orange that was topped on the mini tart! I thought was the curd or jam which look like the pineapple tart, you know what I meant? They look beautiful!

    1. No problem, Jessie :) Is just a fun event. You can join next month LTU to support TZE too.
      hahaa... maybe one day, I'll create one like the pineapple tart.

  18. Ann , your orange tarts so pretty ! 很讨人喜欢叻! :)

  19. Ann, I have not see canned mandarin orange, the tart looks so delicious and adorable! Perfect for all occasions!

    Thanks for helping me to promote LTU, really appreciate that!

  20. Looks delicious!!! I love orange!! Blessings, Catherine xo

  21. Very very pretty!! I love it!

  22. Gosh, Ann.... they look too cute to be eaten! Just drooling over the clicks!

  23. Ann, your tarts are so pretty, so unique like the pumpkin tarts, nice! and although my posts not a lot but that is the best I can do to support your LTU. I think this month is the most posts for my past 1 yrs + 2 yrs heeheehee...

    1. Hi Jess, Thank you very much for your great support :)

  24. The tarts look delicious! May i ask what are the leaves use to decorate on the tarts and where can i get them?

    1. Thank you. Those are basil leaves from my garden. You can buy it from the supermarkets at Fairprice or Cold Storage.