Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tricolor Flag Tarts :) Independence Day Special!

Dear Friends!

Wishing you very Happy Independence DayJai Hind!!!! Be proud to be An INDIAN!!! :)

I made very special pastry baked dish TART with Tri color theme color on it. I want to make it from our own country spices and nuts so selected Kesar Saffron for Orange color, Cashewnuts/Almonds for White color and Pistachio for Green color.It reminds me since childhood memories :) Used to enjoy colorful foods made by my mom.My mom used to make tarts as its used with an aluminum tart cups.

I called it as TRI COLOR FLAG  TARTS!!!! Made with Shortbread tart with colorful Cream Cheese Frosting:)

Here is the recipe as below ..Its Eggless Tricolor Flag  Tart :)


1.For Making ShortBread Tart

  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter(Room Temperature)
  • 1/4 Cup Powdered/Icing sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn flour/Corn starch
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt.
2.For Making Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1- 8 ounces Cream Cheese( Room Temperature)
  • 1/2  to 1 Cup Powdered Sugar or depends on your sweetness. or 1 can 14 Ounces Condensed milk.
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Outer rind Lemon Zest(Optional)
  • 1/4 cup Lemon juice from 2 Lemons(Optional) 
Note: You can buy Ready made Cream cheese Frosting :) 

3. For Adding Colors to the Cream cheese.

 3.1 For Kesar Saffron. 
  • Put 2 or 3 threads of saffron into the warm milk(1/2 Tsp) and Set aside.
  • For getting an orange color, Add a pinch of Kesar color with warm milk/orange juice.mix well.
  • Combine both saffron soaked milk and kesar color mixture to it and mix well.
3.2 For White color
  •    Chop Cashew nuts or Almonds( About 1/4 cup)
3.3 For Green Color

  • Chop pistachios or coarsely fine (About 1/4 cup)
  • A Food Green color(A pinch)


  • Using Hand mixer, Beat the sugar and butter together till it gets pale yellow color for about 2 minutes.
  • Add Vanilla Extract to it and mix well
  • Sift the Flour,Corn flour/corn starch to it.
  • Add the salt to it
  • Mix well until it is combined.
  • The dough should be very soft and able to form a ball.
  • If it is still wet,then cover the dough into  the bowl and keep in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  • Make a ball at least ping pong ball or lemon shaped ball. 
  • Take a Mini muffin pan..apply butter on to the sides and base.
  • Put each and every ball on to the muffin pan.
  • Press it gently with your index finger to make a cup shaped as given in photo
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F or 180 C
  • Wrap it with plastic wrap and set to the Freezer for about 15 minutes
  • Take out the pan from the freezer and place it on the center of the oven rack for about 5 minutes or until it is puffed up.
  • Take out the pan using oven gloves.
  • Pierce the center by using fork lightly.
  • Return the pan back to the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes.Keep an eye watch.It should not be over bake and too much brown.
  • Once it is baked until light brown
  • Take out and keep it on the cooling rack.
  • Once cooled, Take out the tart by using flat knife or turn upside down.
  • Set aside.
For making Cream Cheese Frosting 

  •  In a food processor or hand mixer,Beat the cream cheese to it and add powdered sugar or condensed milk to it.
  • Make sure it should not be too much runny.just pulse it
  • Add the lemon juice,lemon zest and vanilla extract to it
  • Pulse it until well combined.
  • Transfer it into the box with tight fitting lid.
  • Set aside to the fridge for about 6 to 8 hours or overnight.
Note: You can prepare the cream cheese a day before if you wish.

For Adding the colors to the Cream Cheese After the cream cheese it firm!

  • Divide the cream cheese into 3 bowls. Each bowl should have at least 1/4 cup of cream cheese
  • Add the orange color to the cream cheese bowl
  • Combine the 2nd bowl  white cream cheese  with chopped or coarsely almonds/powdered cashew nuts.
  • Add the pistachios to the 3rd bowl  white cream cheese and add green color to it. Mix well.
  • Put the colored cream cheese into 3 piping bags.Decorate it.

For Assembling the tarts:
  1. Once the tart is cooled.
  2. Take 4 or 5 tarts Pipe the orange color frosting on the tart.
  3. Repeat the same step as above step 2 for white color and green color frosting
  4. Garnish it with your choice by adding fruits on the top.
  5.  Serve it :)

Here is my Tricolor Flag Tart picture :)

Happy Independence Day and Happy Baking!!!
Awaiting to hear your comments :) and try it at home :) 

Linking this entry to

Walk through the memory lane hosted by Archana and Gayathri 


  1. Hi Achu,

    Tricolor tarts looks fantastic.. Thanks for linking this recipe to my event :)

    First time in your space, happy to follow you :) Keep dropping by..

    wishing to expect some more entries from you..


  2. Looks yum!

  3. Very well made n great work dear!! Happy Independence Day!!!

  4. Awesome Tart... totally look wonderful... and colorful
    Thanks for linking this wonderful and creative recipe in my event
    waiting for more.... delicacies..

  5. wow so cute and love your creativity... good one Achu, thank you for the lovely words on my blog

  6. very happy independence day archu and lovely tarts u made

    Today's recipe
    Paneer pasanda

  7. wow... great dear... fabulous work... Happy Independence Day...

  8. lovely tri colour tarts
    Haapy I-Day :-)

  9. beautiful way to celebrate Independence day

  10. wow these are amazing! I love how you've managed to incorporate the flag colours to celebrate Independence Day. Thanks for entering AlphaBakes!

  11. Wonderful idea :) These are amazing!

  12. Thank you for linking to the Best Tart Event! Do send in more entries!


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