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I’ve been seeing these cream tarts all over Internet for a few months now and I really wanted to give them a try. Either known as Cream Tart, Number Cake or Alphabet Cake this dessert is simply impressive. Very easy to prepare and looks quite astonishing. Cookie layers filled with your favorite frosting and decorated with fresh berries, flowers and even macarons seems to be one of the cakes in trend this year.
I was really curious to see how cookie layers behave instead of using the usual sponge cake layers. I have to admit I was quite impressed with the results, and I simply loved this dessert as well as my little daughters. The cookie layers are getting a bit soft in the inside but still crispy enough for enjoying a nice texture combination. Adding fresh berries is a must, as they bring a lot of flavor and are balancing the richness of the cream and buttery cookie layers. Hope you will give it a try, enjoy!
- Makes 8-10 servings
- Pate Sablee
- 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup (60g) powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 1/4 cups (280g) all-purpose flour
- 1 cup (100g) ground almonds
- 1/2 tsp (2g) salt
- 1 tsp (5g) almond extract
- Mascarpone Frosting
- 9 oz (250g) Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
- 2/3 cup (80g) powdered sugar
- 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup (300g) whipping cream, chilled
- Prepare pate sablee. In a large bowl mix butter with powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and continue mixing until well combined and creamy. Add almond extract and mix to combine.
- In a medium bowl sift flour with ground almonds and salt, whisk and add to butter mixture.
- Use a wooden spoon to incorporate the flour mixture into the butter until combined. Make sure you don’t overwork the dough.
- Divide the dough in two and wrap each piece of dough with plastic wrap, form into disks and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Roll each piece of dough between two pieces of parchment paper or plastic wrap until it's about 10 in (25cm) in diameter and about 5-6 mm thick.
- Use a 9 inch (23-24 cm) ring to cut a circle and use a 4.5 inch (12 cm) diameter bowl or ring to cut the center. Remove the excess dough. Repeat with the other piece of dough and refrigerate the dough rings for about 30 minutes before baking.
- Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool completely.
- Prepare the Mascarpone Frosting: In a large bowl mix Mascarpone with powdered sugar and vanilla until combined.
- In another bowl mix cream until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold into the Mascarpone mixture. Put frosting in a piping bag with a medium round tip, (9-11mm).
- Place one piece of cookie on a serving platter, and fix with with a bit of frosting. Pipe even dollops of frosting on top of the cookie. Top with the other cookie and pipe again with frosting.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 24 hours before serving.
- Decorate with fresh berries, flowers , chocolate or macarons. Enjoy!