Lemon Berry Mini Shortbread Tarts

Happy Mother’s Day! It’s time to take that moment to really appreciate those Moms who go above and beyond every single day. Rain or shine they are the glue that holds our family together.

I would first like to send a big thank you to Sweet Tree Preserves for the delectable hibiscus and rose hip jelly to try out. It was a wonderful addition to the fresh berries, tart lemon curd and flaky shortbread tart shell. I have had the pleasure of doing a home made preserve exchange with them and I must say that it was a great experience. A jar of my Negroni grape jelly made it’s way for some taste testing by the pros and I got to play with a jar of floral delights. The hints of fresh flowers and tea immediately made me think of a girl’s tea party which you will read about in the next few paragraphs.

I am on year 5 of celebrating Mother’s Day and I will admit that I am far from being an expert in this field. It seems that some interactions with my daughter are in a cyclical manner.

It likely starts with a task at hand needing to be completed. Everyone is calm as the plan is developed, and then it escalates from there with both wanting to take control of the situation. One would think that having similar personalities would allow for the task to be completed quickly, efficiently and with plenty of time to spare. In theory this sounds like a plausible outcome. Most often though a simple activity like getting dressed turns quickly into a heightened power struggle that has to hit a certain peak until we finally go to our separate corners. Only after a cooling off period we can both come back together to form a consensus. We are the best of friends at this point.

It is best that my Hubby leaves the room when the ‘Circle of Mother-Daughter’ starts. The bid for his attention only prolongs the whole process and on a tight scheduled timeline we can not afford for it to continue any longer than it does.

I love my daughter. I love her to pieces. She is funny, smart, adventurous, innovative, kind and a born leader. I secretly have mad respect for her even when we are not seeing eye to eye. She is her own person and it becomes evident more and more every day. As an only child she is stuck with us adults at home and she has definitely carved out her own groove despite the other large personalities in the room.

She is slowly becoming aware of how much goes on at home especially when she is asleep (like right now as I write this). She will awake to breakfast on the table and backpacks and lunches prepared for a day of learning(among the many other things completed the night before). A 6 hour night of sleep for me is typical and I revel in the moments I fall asleep snuggling in bed with her. It makes me stop and actually appreciate everything I do daily just to see that smile. She can concentrate on being her, finding her way and figuring out the world we live in for herself. That is worth all those sleepless moments.

I was planning on making these tarts and it snowballed to a play date tea party fit for 2 princesses.

Whipped up in an hour just in time for my daughter and her friend from down the street to be back from the playground tour my Hubby took them on. 3 playgrounds in a single morning is quite the feat. They were famished when they came back, but managed to find the energy to put on princess dresses fit for tea time on the porch.

Any lady who lunches is not worth her salt if she is not properly dressed. I think that was the rational behind it.

I feel that this recipe reflects both our relationship and is a shout out to all those Moms who go that extra mile just because. There is a running joke that when my Hubby says he is going to bed and he does just that. He goes to bed. I do as well, but not before about a 20 itemized list of things to do are done. Oh, I can just get this ready now so I don’t have to…… Most Moms can relate I’m sure. One day is may happen. I might just go to bed. I’m sure the world would still turn and everything would be fine. But first maybe I should coordinate it with the other Moms just to make sure we are not all off on the same night.

Happy Mom’s Day! You deserve it.


Lemon Berry Mini Shortbread Tarts

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 24 mini tarts

Lemon Berry Mini Shortbread Tarts

It is Tea Time - Don't let the size of these mini tarts fool you, they pack a flavourful punch.


    Lemon Shortbread Tart Shells
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar, plus extra for dipping when forming the shells.
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • Zest from 1 lemon *reserve juice for use in the filling
  • Lemon Curd Tart Filling
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon zest & juice + the lemon juice reserved from lemon shell
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp butter, room temperature
  • Garnish
  • 1/4 cup Sweet Tree - hibiscus & rose hip jelly
  • 2 tsp water
  • 3 strawberries, cut into slivers
  • 24 blueberries
  • 24 blackberries


    Lemon Shortbread Tart Shells
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer with a the paddle attachment all the ingredients & combine just until the dough forms. Section off the dough into 24 equal parts & lightly roll into a ball. Place each ball in a mini muffin tin.
  3. Place some spare icing sugar into bowl. Using a flat bottomed shot glass dip the bottom and sides in the icing sugar. Gently press down each dough ball to create the empty space of the shell. Repeat with dipping the shot glass and forming each shell. Using a fork, prick the bottom of each shell.
  4. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until the tarts are cooked. If the bottoms puff up too much prick the bottoms again with a fork while the tarts are still hot.
  5. Lemon Shortbread Tart Shells
  6. While the tart shells are baking, combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat and cook for another 15-17 minutes until curd thickens. Remove from heat and let cool before placing in the refrigerator to set and chill for at least an hour. Spoon the curd into each tart shell.
  7. Garnish
  8. In a small sauce pan over medium low heat combine the Sweet Tree - hibiscus & rose hip jelly with the water. Heat for approximately 5 minutes until glaze jelly is liquid. Remove from heat let cool slightly. Add a sliver of strawberry, a blueberry & blackberry the top of each filled tart. With a small silicon brush use the jelly glaze and brush the mixture on the top of the fresh fruit. Serve immediately or when assembled store for up to 1 day in the refrigerator.


If you do not have access to Sweet Tree's delicious jelly, feel free to use a complimentary jelly flavour such as grape, raspberry or strawberry.

Not assembled the curd can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week, the tarts in a airtight container for 3-4 days and the jelly glaze for approximately a week.

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