Forest Berry Crumble Tart Bites

By Tuesday, November 04, 2014

 So as you all may know, I have a big place in my heart for Crumble. It is so comforting and homely, perfect served on a winter's day with a good drizzle of homemade custard. These squares are a really delicious cross between a Fruit Tart and Crumble and are so good that you really will find it hard to limit yourself to just one! The bottom layer is made up of a deliciously buttery pastry, the middle layer is a mixture of dark cherries, grapes, blackberries and blackcurrants and this is all topped off with a crisp cinnamon crumble...what's not to like?

Makes 30 

You will need:

200g plain flour
150g butter, chilled and diced
50g icing sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp milk

500g frozen forest berries

200g plain flour
200g light brown sugar
100g butter
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp milk

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees/ gas 7. 

Begin by making the pastry. Pour the flour, sugar, an egg and butter into a large mixing bowl. Mix until it starts to come together, then add in the milk, adding more if necessary. Bring it together into a ball and leave to chill in the fridge for 20 minutes. You want the pastry to be quite thick, so only roll it to the size of the cake tin. The pastry has a high fat content, so you don't need to line the tin. Just cut the pastry to fit the tin, carefully lower it in and then gently press it into the sides of the tin so that it fits snuggly. Prick all over with a fork, line with greaseproof paper and top with baking beans. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the baking beans, brush with a beaten egg and bake for a further 10 minutes. 

Lower the oven to 180 degrees/ gas 4. Pour the frozen berries over the pastry and leave to one side. Make the crumble by adding the flour, sugar, cinnamon and butter into a mixing bowl. Rub between your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the milk and then cover the berries generously. Bake for 40 minutes then leave to cool completely on a wire rack. Turn out of the tin and cut into little squares (beware of the excess berry juices that will spill out of the tin!!) Serve and enjoy. 

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