Cream Tart: Best Matariki Celebration Dessert

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This easy dessert recipe is the perfect way to celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Year! It’s a Berry Cream Tart topped with blueberries, strawberries, and cute Matariki stars.

Take this delicious Matariki dessert to your Maori New Year Celebration and enjoy the festivities as you teach the next generation the Matariki story!

fresh fruit tart

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What Is Matariki?

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in late May or early June in the southern hemisphere, and for Māori, it signals the start of a new year.

The Matariki story is about the star cluster, which is said to be the mother (Matariki) and her six daughters. The Matariki cluster appears in the sky just before winter, and its appearance signals that it’s time to begin preparations for the new year.

In addition to being a time of celebration, Matariki is also a time of reflection. Māori use this time to remember loved ones who have passed away and to think about what they want to achieve in the coming year.

How to Make This Matariki Stars Celebration Dessert

This Berry Cream Tart recipe is a delicious and easy dessert that’s perfect for celebrating Matariki. It’s made with a tart crust, filled with a simple cream mixture, and topped with delicious berries and stars.

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Ingredients Needed For This Fresh Fruit Tart Recipe

Here are the ingredients to make this Matariki Tart

Ingredients for the pastry:

– 1 chicken egg

– 1 cup of sugar

– 2 tablespoons of sour cream

-100g of butter

Ingredients for the filling and topping

2 eggs yolks

cup of sugar

3 tablespoons of wheat flour

400 ml of milk

vanilla sugar (optional)

Strawberries and blueberries – for decoration

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How To Make A Cream Tart For Matariki

Mix the egg with sugar and butter at room temperature. Rub the mixture.

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Pour in wheat flour and add sour cream.

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Knead the dough. It will turn out soft, elastic, slightly sticks to the hands. Leave it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

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Roll out the dough into a circle with a diameter of 20-25 cm. 2 cm thick. Spread the dough into a cake pan, greased with oil.

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From the scraps of dough, cut out stars for topping the tart later.

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Bake the base and stars separately. Bake for 15 minutes at 200C.

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While the base is cooling, make a cream. Warm up the milk (do not boil).

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In a separate bowl, grind the egg yolks with sugar, add the flour (vanilla sugar if desired) and mix.

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Pour the resulting egg mixture into the hot milk and stir.

Simmer for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly, but do not boil! The cream will gradually thicken. Add the butter and mix. 

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Leave the cream to cool.

Fill the base with cream, and place it in the refrigerator to allow the cream pie filling to harden.

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Decorate with berries and Matariki stars!

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Can You Freeze A Cream Tart?

Yes, you can freeze this cream tart. I recommend freezing it without the berries and cream topping. Simply wrap the frozen tart tightly in plastic wrap and store it in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before adding the fresh berries and cream topping.

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How Long Will This Fresh Fruit Tart Last?

This Berry Cream Tart will last in the fridge for 3-4 days. The berries will start to get mushy after a day or two, so if you want the berries to stay fresh, I recommend adding them to the tart right before serving.

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Looking for more Matariki recipes? Try these!


French Toast Stars 

French toast stars are a fun and easy breakfast or brunch recipe that’s perfect for celebrating Matariki. They’re made with a french toast batter and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar.

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Bumbleberry Pie

This lovely bumbleberry pie is made with a mix of berries, and it’s the perfect dessert for celebrating Matariki. The pie crust has cute stars on top and it’s filled with a delicious berry filling.

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Starry Night Gingerbread Biscuits

These starry night gingerbread biscuits are a fun and easy recipe to make with the kids. They’re perfect for celebrating Matariki, or any occasion!

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Watermelon Fruit Stars

Watermelon fruit stars are a fun and easy way to enjoy watermelon. They’re perfect for celebrating Matariki and they make a great healthy snack.

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Blueberry Puff Pastry Stars

These blueberry puff pastry stars are a fun and easy recipe to make with the kids. They’re perfect for celebrating Matariki, or any occasion!

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Dark Chocolate Shortbread Stars

These dark chocolate shortbread stars are a fun and easy recipe to make with the kids. Bake these stars and create the Matariki cluster!

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Devilled Egg Stars

Devilled egg stars are a fun and easy recipe to make with the kids. They’re perfect for celebrating Matariki and the Maori New Year.

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Do you have a favorite Matariki recipe? Let me know in the comments below!

Matariki Stars Celebration Dessert: Cream Tart
Yield: 8

Matariki Stars Fresh Fruit Cream Tart

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

This delicious fresh fruit cream tart is perfect for celebrating the Maori New year and Matariki

Ingredients

  • Ingredients for the dough:
  • - 1 chicken egg;
  • - 1 cup of sugar;
  • - 2 tablespoons of sour cream;
  • - 100 g of butter.
  • Ingredients for the cream:
  • - yolks of 2 eggs;
  • - 1 cup of sugar;
  • - 3 tablespoons of wheat flour;
  • - 400 ml of milk;
  • - vanilla sugar – optional.
  • Strawberries, blueberries – for decoration.

Instructions

Mix the egg with sugar and butter at room temperature. Rub the mixture.

Pour in wheat flour and add sour cream.

Knead the dough. It will turn out soft, elastic, slightly sticks to the hands. Leave it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Roll out the dough into a circle with a diameter of 20-25 cm. 2 cm thick. Spread the dough into a cake pan, greased with oil.

From the scraps of dough, cut out stars for the cake decor.

Bake the base and stars separately. Bake for 15 minutes at 200C.

While the base is cooling, make a cream. Warm up the milk (do not boil). In a separate bowl, grind the egg yolks with sugar, add flour (vanilla sugar if desired). Mix it up.

Pour the resulting egg mixture into the hot milk, stir. Simmer for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly, but do not boil! The cream will gradually thicken. Add the butter and mix.

Leave the cream to cool.

Fill the base with cream, send it to the refrigerator to freeze the cream pie. Decorate with berries and Matariki stars

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 134mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 0gSugar: 54gProtein: 5g

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