Lemon & Mascarpone Drambuie Tartlets

If you like lemon and Drambuie then this recipe will have your taste buds in a twist.

Preparation time 30 minutes, plus chilling time

Cooking time 25-30 minutes

Serves 6

Ingredients

For the cases

175g plain flour

100g cold butter, cubed

75g icing sugar

1 egg yolk

3 tsp fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped

For the filling

100g mascarpone

50g golden caster sugar

50g clear heather honey

2 lemons, juice and zest

2 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks

2 tbsp Drambuie

For the honey mascarpone

150g mascarpone

4 tbsp heather honey, or to taste

To serve : edible flowers

Method

To make the tartlet cases, place the flour, butter and icing sugar into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until it resembles breadcrumbs. Alternatively use your fingertips to rub together. Add the egg yolk, thyme leaves, and 1 tablespoon cold water. Pulse again until it starts to from clumps, or use a butter knife to mix it together, then tip out onto a surface and bring it together with your hands, being careful not to overwork the dough. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes. Grease 6 x 10cm fluted tart tins.

Roll out the pastry to 3mm thick. Using a 12cm cutter, stamp out six rounds from the pastry and place into the tartlet tins, using your fingers to gently push the pasty into the fluted sides. Cut off any excess pastry. Place in the fridge to chill while you preheat the oven to 200ºC / 180º fan / gas mark 6.

Prick the bases of the pastry with a fork, line with a circle of greaseproof paper and baking beans, and bake blind for 10 minutes, until just cooked. Remove from the oven and set aside too cool. Reduce the oven to 170ºC / 150ºC fan / gas mark 3.

Once the tart cases are cool, beat together the mascarpone, caster sugar, honey, lemon juice and zest until smooth. Beat in the eggs and egg yolks until combined and smooth, followed by the Drambuie. Pour into the tartlets cases and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until set. Leave to cool. The tartlets look best served when just cooled, but can be made a day ahead and stored in the fridge. When you are ready to serve, whip the mascarpone with the honey and serve on the side. Decorate with pretty, edible flowers to serve.

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