Finally found some time to try another recipe out of the Jamie's 30 Minute meals book. I love cooking for friends and especially new things that taste just as good as you hoped they would :) I made a summer pasta with herb salade (similar recipes here + here) and for dessert I made these yummm pear tartlets! Felt selfish keeping them to myself so I'm gonna share the recipe with you here :
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4 small shortcrust pastry cases
4 dessert spoons of raspberry jam
4 halves of tinned pears
2 egg whites
100 grams white caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
a pinch of salt
good quality icecream to go with (the recipe says vanilla but I used pecan caramel instead :)
1. Preheat the oven up to 190c (374F) Put the pastry cases on to a roasting tray and fill each case with 1 dessertspoon of the jam. Cut the pear halves in slices and layer them on top of the jam.
2. Put the sugar, a pinch of salt and the egg whites in to a bowl and mix with an electric mixer on the highest speed till it becomes a shiny and thick mixture.
3. Carefully stirr the vanilla essence in through the mixture and put a big spoon full of it on top of each pastry case. The more pointy you make it, the better it will look once it comes out of the oven.
4. Put the tray with the cases in to the oven for about 6 minutes till they start to brown a bit and take them out. The recipe says let them cool a bit, but we loved them still warm and that way the icecream starts to melt a bit together with the warm tartlets. Trust us, it was GOOD!