Little Girls, Tea Parties, and PBnJ Tarts
Who doesn’t like a tea party, complete with little PBnJ Tarts? Every little girl seems to go through a phase of dress up and tea party. Some even have birthday parties wrapped around the theme. Why not do a little party catering with the simple for everyday, yet elegant enough for adult parties PBnJ Tarts? You even get to cheat a little with store bought shortbread tart shells, which make this dish easy enough for even the little ones in your life to prepare and is great for starting them on a path to cooking.
PBnJ Tarts: The Trick
To make beautiful looking PBnJ Tarts, the trick is to gently warm the peanut butter and jelly so it almost pours into the tart shell. It doesn’t have to be hot, just warm enough to pour easily. Usually about 20 seconds in a microwave works wonders to make both the peanut butter and the jelly easy to work with. When they are soft, you can pour them into the shells and layer them, or even swirl them a little to make beautiful tarts that are works of art as well as tasty! Your little ones can make short work of that with a popsicle stick or toothpick too! To get everything set back up again, simply place the tarts in the refrigerator for a half an hour.
- 1 pkg Shortbread tart shells
- 1/4 C peanut butter
- 1/4 C jam
- Place the peanut butter and jam in separate microwave-safe bowls.
- Warm gently in the microwave for 20-40 seconds, until they are soft and easy to stir.
- Using a teaspoon, spoon peanut butter and jam into the tart shells, layering or swirling.
- Refrigerate to set them back up.
Making PBnJ Tarts Fancy for the Adults
These tarts are great for little ones, but how do you make them perfect for adult gatherings too? The easiest way to change these up for adults is to use unique jams and jellies. (Be careful heating jellies. They don’t always set back up, so test it on one tart first!) Pear, fig, and marmalades are all good jams to use in your PBnJ Tarts. I even saw a Queen Anne’s Lace jelly at a farmer’s market that sounded amazing to use in these delights! For the best effect, place the peanut butter in first, chill, then add the jam on top. The tart will look like a common fruit tart, until they bite in and find the creamy (or crunchy) peanut butter.
Have a tea party with your little ones and help them make PBnJ Tarts!