Custard Filling for Mini Tart Shells

This is one of my good ole standbys for quick, easy and delicious desserts that can be made ahead of time. I love these little bite-size treats and they are perfect for any kind of gathering. This version was originally in Tart Shell Fillings Eight Ways but the post needed some better pictures.  So I decided to repost it and give it a special place on its own. Custard and cream fillings – so rich but always good, especially when topped with fresh fruit or a piece of chocolate. Not too hard on the diet if you only have one or two. Look out for munchkins who “steal” the fruit 🙂

In addition to the above post check out Raspberry-Cream Shortbread Tartlets using pudding and a no-cook Baklava Tart Filling.

The tarts above I purchased but you can make your own. See Tart Shell Doughs Five Ways which includes pastry dough, chocolate cups and graham cracker crust. “Fill and serve” makes this dessert really easy.

Also, I have been absent from the blogging world since my last post on April 12th of this year. I not only moved but I downsized. My previous moves were always into a bigger house – thus more room to store things, especially kitchen items. But moving from a house to a condo is going to take some great organizational skills!

How does one fit a large kitchen into a much smaller one?  I may have downsized furniture wise but my kitchen gadgets are not easy to part with. How could I decide what I wanted to keep – you know how it goes, as soon as you get rid of something you wish you hadn’t!  I am making slow progress and hope to be organized soon. Thankfully I do have a large basement and 2 car garage for kitchen overflow. Even for this post I could not find my chocolate leaf molds to add to the tarts. I did, however, make chocolate tarts so that took care of the chocolate issue.

Also, I have missed stopping by and commenting on  a number of favorite bloggers and plan to get back into the groove. Moving is stressful, but downsizing makes it ten times worse!

Custard Filling For Mini Tart Shells

  • 2 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • fresh fruit such as sliced strawberries, blueberries and blackberries
  • chocolate leaves

Beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Then add the sour cream until smooth and set aside.

In a saucepan add the cornstarch and sugar; stir in the milk until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture is thickened, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat and cook an additional 2 minutes.

Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of the hot mixture into the egg yolks and return to the pan. Do this carefully as you do not want the eggs to curdle. This happened to me a long time ago but only once as I learned my lesson! Bring to a gentle boil and cook while stirring, for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and sour cream mixture. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Linking to Fiesta Friday.

Update – here are some pictures of chocolate molds.


34 thoughts on “Custard Filling for Mini Tart Shells

  1. I know where you are coming from with the downsizing. In the end, we are very happy that we made the move. Yes, I got rid of a lot of my kitchen goodies but I kept enough to get me through most recipe creations. Speaking of creations, your little tarts are very enticing.


  2. Yea you got moved! I don’t know what I could give up. Seriously just reading this I was thinking I need to get some chocolate leaf molds LOL! I love these little tarts. They are perfect for a nice light dessert and I’m sure little hands made it hard to keep the fruit in place.


    • Thanks Julie. It’s been a long two months and I had a month to move a lot of my stuff which definitely helped with the stress. Garden items and furniture I downsized but very little of my kitchen gadgets. Very hard to give up anything 🙂

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  3. It’s nice to have you post again! This looks perfect for a summer dessert, yum! Good luck organizing in your new place. I can relate to your dilemma as when we moved here I went from having a storage pantry in the kitchen to none here. The good thing is that I have a bigger kitchen here with a few more cupboards and many drawyers. I’m sure you’ll figure out some clever ways to save space. 😎💜


    • Thanks so much – I have a nicer quality kitchen but less storage space. For now my kitchen is spread throughout the entire condo. I am gradually finding a place for things and I have even donated some to Goodwill. Long, slow process but it will work out.

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  4. What a visual treat those little ones are. Looking delicious.
    I know what you are talking about Judi. Kitchen gadgets are difficult to part with. Their need arises as soon as they are disposed. I am sure you will get the hang of things soon. All the best👍🏻😊


  5. Good to see you back Aunt Juju and funny as I’m about to slightly downsize from a large apartment to an even smaller one – slowly selling lots of belongings prior to the move to make it easier!


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  7. They look so pretty! Even without the chocolate leaf 😄 Reading your post makes me want to start paring down my belongings so it’ll be easy to downsize later on, lol. Stay calm, Judi, you can do it! 😂😂


    • Thanks Angie – a simple dessert! I just had to buy another cherry pitter because it’s packed away somewhere. I only use it once a year… Downsizing is tough but I especially miss all my beautiful gardens full of herbs, flowers and veggies. I have kept most of my kitchen items and they are stored everywhere 🙂

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  8. This looks simple enough even for me! I feel your pain about downsizing. Less space to clean but …. less space for everything you think you need. I’m sure you will figure it all out and organize everything that’s important. Remember in our twenties when we could create a meal with a spoon, a bowl and a hot plate?
    Good luck,


    • Thanks Tracey – I sure remember the hot plate that I had in my freshman year of undergrad school – a lifesaver 🙂 My condo is big and I am gradually finding a place for everything – I even have to buy a few new pieces of furniture (bookcases).

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