Holidays this year were so much about eating tutti fruity jam and fruit tartlets times, feeling good and not caring so much about anything else but just having a great time. Holidays in general are about having a great time, right? Whatever that takes. ?
It might be followed by a drastic diet but... who really and truly cares? For us, this year’s summer holiday was a little more relaxed and tranquil, we did everything we only really wanted, nothing else.
No constraints. We didn't travel much but only shorter distances which meant no stressful times. It was all about little treats, cooking together with kids, reading, being active with loads of activities, theatre, seaside, parks, jumping around, playing board games, getting family visits, seeing some friends, visiting family and so much more, whatever we could fit in and we did manage to fit in loads 😉
Talking about cooking together, last night we’ve made together some truly delicious baked jammy donuts ( I promise the recipe will be up here soon) that were so good that we’ve had two and had to make sure to buzz everyone out of the kitchen (including myself) so that they didn’t all disappear. We (myself and kiddos) have made them for next day trip which we needed to “embark” on - off we went to Hampshire for a summer food festival. It was a lovely snack that we all enjoyed and wished there was more of.
We were pretty excited ?. Holiday was dissipating so fast and that far we did manage to do quite a bit. Despite all of that activities and keeping busy and super active, we felt really good and surprisingly relaxed. Family time is priceless, it is all I can say.... nothing ever compares!!
Two more weeks were left or just under of school holidays and I was not quite sure what else we could fit in apart from the three days of family camp activity all booked and lined ahead at the end of August and a trip or two to West End - we went to meet David Walliams (my kids’ favourite author - very exciting especially that they only knew we were going to see a movie premiere for one of his books the Ratburger but had no idea they were going to meet David too) so it was all a great surprise and so much much fun for them and not only as we did enjoy ourselves big time too ;-).
Coming back to this recipe, it was such a spontaneous one, well, I was cornered and had no choice. What choice did I have when the first thing after opening the door, coming from work (I still needed to work few days you see), I have the little (not so little anymore but hey, holidays are spoiling time) munchkins jumping up and down saying that they really starving to have something sweet.
Not much chance for putting feet up, forget about it! No chance of writing a recipe or doing something else but had to come up with something quick to be munched up in no time??
My husband doesn’t bake. If there is something he doesn’t do, it's baking. I don't blame him. He loves to eat all of that. He’d make a pudding for breakfast but that’s how far he’ll go into making something sweet, oh, and occasionally pancakes. Yes, yummy pancakes.
Okay, I’ve reached the kitchen and I knew I had this puff pastry in the fridge so I've quickly and swiftly have taken it out while still thinking what to do with it ?... I’ve taken a jar of my homemade tutti fruity jam I’ve made a few days back out too and I had loads of fresh fruits in the fruit basket and in the fridge too. My house is never short of fruits I can tell you that.
And here I came up with this quick very quick treat for the kiddos and of course for us because we couldn’t keep our tooth out of it. No chance! 😉
Homemade tutti-frutty jam and fresh fruit tartlets
- 1 packet of ready rolled puff pastry
- 4-5 tbsp tutti fruity jam
- Fruits * see recipe notes
- 20 g butter melted
- Take the pastry out of the fridge 1 min or so before handling it.
- Place the jam into a little bowl and mix it for 10-15 seconds pretty energetically so it gets into a nice and homogenised smother texture**.
- Wash and chop all the fruits that you choose to use and place on a plate. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven at 180°C.
- On the working surface unroll the pastry and cut into squares or rectangles. Rectangles are more likely to come out as the shape of the overall pastry is a rectangle.
- Score each pastry shape with a sharp knife around the edges (about 1 cm from the edges. Just make sure you do not reach the other side but just literally give them a good scratch.
- Spoon about 2/3 of tbsp of jam on each pastry rectangle within the scored area.
- Transfer the rectangles on an oven tray that's been lined with parchment paper.
- Place your chopped fruits on each rectangle and brush with a little melted butter.
- Place in the preheated oven and bake at 180°C for 30-35 minutes until nice and crispy. Keep an eye so it doesn't get too brown. Just allow it to bake until golden brown. Each oven is slightly different but if fan assisted 35 min will probably be just perfect. Mine cooked just under 35 min.
- 10. Take out of the oven and allow them to cool for 5 min.
- 11. Dust them with a little icing sugar and.... watch them disappear ??