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Individual Almond-cream Tarts

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Servings: 20
Categories: Apples / Chocolate / Desserts / Nuts / Tarts

2 1/2  cups  Flour, all-purpose
2/3  cup  Butter or margarine, cold
1/2  cup  Water, cold
2    Eggs, separated
2  packages  Vanilla pudding(3 3/8oz)
2 1/2  cups  Milk
1  cup  Whipping cream
1  teaspoon  Almond extract
1  can  Mandarin-orange sect.(11oz)
1    Kiwifruit, medium
5    Strawberries, large
1/4  pound  Grapes,green, seedless
1    Chocolate square, unsweetened
5 1/2  ounces  Apple jelly
1  teaspoon  Water

1. Whip cream. Drain mandarin-orange sections. Peel and slice kiwifruit. Coarsely grate chocolate square. Prepare tart shells; Into medium-sized bowl, measure flour and butter or margarine. With fingertips, blend flour and butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In cup, beat cold water with egg yolks. Add yolk mixture to flour mixture, stirring to mix well. Shape pastry into a ball. 2. Preheat oven to 400'F. On well-floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll pastry 1/8"-thick. With floured 4 1/4" round cookie cutter, cut out 20 pastry circles, rerolling trimmings if necessary. Gently press each circle onto bottom and up side of fluted tart pan (or use twenty-four 2 1/2" muffin-pan cups, and cut circles with a 3 1/2" round cookie cutter). With fork, prick pastry in many places. Arrange tart pans in 2 jelly-roll pans for easy handling. Bake 20-25 minutes until pastry is lightly browned. 3. In cup, beat egg whites until frothy. Quickly brush hot tart shells with beaten egg whites. Cool tart shells in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. With knife, gently loosen tart shells from sides of pans; remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks, about 20 mintes. 4. When tarts shells are cool, prepare cream filling. Prepare 2 packages of instant pudding mix as label directs, but prepare both packages together and use only a total of only 2 1/2 cups milk. With rubber spatula, fold whipped cream and almond extract into pudding. 5. Spoon filling into tart shells. Decorate some filled tart shells with mandarin-orange sections, some with kiwifruit, some with strawberries, some with grapes, and some with chocolate. 6. Prepare glaze: In small saucepan over medium-low heat, heat apple jelly with water, stirring often, until jelly melts and mixture is smooth; brush over fruit. Let glaze dry, about 10 minutes. Cover tarts and refrigerate.

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