Reindeer Tarts

With pinterest as my inspiration once again, I was loving all the different cute little Christmas treats that looked like Reindeer’s.  None of them suitable for the Failsafe diet, so I decided to try to create my own. They are basically a very easy caramel tart, and yes I cheated and used caramel top n fill! You can certainly try making your own caramel, but I was after a quick fix to whip something up for my daughters prep Christmas party. Miss 3 had lots of fun helping me make these, our attempt is very rustic, but I think they look cute.
Recipe makes approx 20. 

120g Nuttelex / butter
200g sweet plain biscuits, I used milk arrowroot
½ tin of Caramel Top ‘n fill
Plain white Pascal Marshmallows
2 Musk sticks
Pretzels
Carob buttons
Red hopper Pearls (from Hopper Pearls Rainbow)
30g Carob buttons (or powder)

Place nuttelex into Thermomix bowl and melt for 2 minutes at 60 deg speed 4.
Add biscuits, mix on speed 7 for 10 sec until combined.

Or Place biscuits into freezer bag and crush with a rolling pin or in a blender. Melt the nuttelex in the microwave and stir through the crushed biscuits to combine.

Using a mini muffin tray, There are two ways you can do it… The first way I was worried wouldn’t work and tried another way just in case, but fortunately both worked successfully. So you can either grease the tray and place the mixture directly in the tray or line with mini cup cake papers (this will give a fluted edge). Place a dessert spoon full of the biscuit base into each one and use your fingers to press it firmly into the bottom and a little around the sides. Place 1 teaspoon of the caramel on top of the base and smooth over with the back of the spoon. Place into the fridge to set for at least 1 hour.

It is easier to decorate the tarts once removed from the tray. Very gently use a knife and run it around the edge of the tart to loosen it and lift out gently onto a flat tray or plate. If using the papers, gently pull the paper away from the tart and place on the plate.

To decorate: Slice thin strips of the musk sticks to use for eyes, placing 2 on each tart. Cut a marshmallow into 8 and use for a nose. The middle of the marshmallow is sticky and the red hopper pearl sticks to it. Break up some of the Pretzels and use 2 pieces that are similar size and shape for each tart. Melt the carob buttons in the microwave for about 30 seconds and mix in a small drop of water to make a thick paste. Use a piping bag or a freezer bag with a corner snipped and pipe little dots on top of the musk sticks for eyes.

Notes: If you don’t have carob buttons, you could use carob powder mixed with water to make a thick paste for the eyes.

 

 

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