Sweet strawberry tartlets

  • Preparation Time90 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
340g hulled quartered strawberries

For the baking

6 individual tart tins with removable bottoms or 1 (20cm) tin
140g Maria crackers (about 1 pack or 32 crackers), or graham crackers (Maria Crackers (Galletas Marias) are a round sweet biscuit with vanilla flavor. They are the Mexican version of the English Marie biscuit and can be used in layered desserts.)
60g packed minced piloncillo, or packed brown sugar
115g chilled unsalted butter, cubed
2 (225g) cream cheese packets, room temperature
115g sour cream
1) Mix the strawberries and three tablespoons of the sugar in a small bowl. Let the strawberries macerate at room temperature for one hour.

2) Preheat the oven to 180°C. Arrange six individual tartlet pans with removable bottoms on a baking sheet. Spray the tartlet pans with nonstick cooking spray. Blend the Maria crackers and the piloncillo in a processor until coarse crumbs form. Add the butter and process until the crumbs come together. Press the crumbs into the prepared tartlet pans. Bake until the tartlet shells are golden brown, about ten minutes. Cool completely.

3) Using an electric mixer, whip the cream cheese and the sour cream in a small bowl, until fluffy. Add the remaining sugar and whip until well combined. Add the Dream topping and whip until very fluffy. Drain all but two tablespoons of the macerating liquid from the strawberries. Fold the strawberries and the reserved two tablespoons of liquid into the cream mixture. Spoon the filling over the tartlets, dividing equally. Tarts can be prepared one day ahead, covered and refrigerated.

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