There are few things as irresistible as a freshly baked tart, whether it is filled with simple custard or topped with golden, caramelized shallots. For those new to baking, the mysteries of light and crumbly pastry can seem a little daunting. This wonderful collection of recipes includes all the essential techniques you will need to ensure success every time. One of the most appealing aspects of tarts is their versatility, and this book contains delicious ideas for all sorts of occasions. There are ideas for mid-morning snacks, sweet tartlets to have with afternoon tea and elegant desserts for special suppers. Try Tomato, Feta and Olive Tartlets for a light lunch and serve Blueberry Frangipane Flan as the perfect finish for a dinner party. The useful techniques section provides all the guidance you will need to make successful pastry, including basic recipes for shortcrust, rich shortcrust and pate sucrée. Plus there are step-by-step techniques for rolling pastry out, lining tins and pans, and baking blind. The editor Maggie Mayhew is a freelance food writer, home economist, recipe editor and food stylist with many years’ experience. All of the recipes chosen for this compilation have been professionally written and tested. Ingredients are measured out in metric and imperial and US cup measures are also included, making this little book a perfect addition to any cook’s library.