Mo’ fabulous mango tarts


It’s Angie’s Fiesta Friday, and Saturday is the Mardi Gras parade – a time of unicorns and sequins and more colour than you can poke a rainbow at. A bank here has decked out some ATMs to become GAYTMs, including this Village People wannabe:


(Speaking of ATMs, just read about a bitcoin ATM in Singapore. Them crazy kids in Singapore.)

I was on my way to Angie’s fiesta with a platter of mango tartlets. Wanting to be mo’ fabulous, the mango tartlets tried this:


I managed to convince them that, while they looked great, giving party goers a hairy mouthful is not the way to foodie stardom.

So they went back to being plain ol’ mango tarts. And I’m wearing the mo instead (kinda itchy…want to sneeze…how do guys do this??)

So mo’ve over people (geddit??), the fabulous tartlets are in town.


As you’ve probably guessed, this is a spin-off of the savoury plum tarts I posted about earlier this week. After I took the plum tart photos, I saw a few mangoes that were filling the room with their heady tropical scent. Ever since I had a mango-misu (tiramisu, but with mangoes) I’ve always had a soft spot for the mango-mascarpone combination.

So I got to work. A crumble of macadamia nuts completed the simple set up, with the crunchy, buttery macadamias perfectly setting off the pure tropical decadence of a perfectly ripened mango.

Savoury plum tart and mango tart made a blissful, though possibly not-for-everyday, lunch.


Later that evening, I made another version of the mango tart, this time with mango slices mixed with a dash of fiery hot sauce and lime juice. Wowza. It was gone so quickly, I didn’t even think to take a photo.

I’m off to mingle with the Fiesta-festivallers. Last week’s rumours about Johnny and a chamois loincloth turned out to be just that, a rumour. Maybe he will surprise us this week. Besides I just saw Sadia’s chocolate lava cake across the room….


Simplest Mango Tart

(“so simple it’s barely a recipe” SG original)


One sheet of puff pastry (all-butter puff pastry if you can get it)
1 mango
4-5 tbsp mascarpone cheese
small handful macadamia nuts (about 8)

Optional: dash of hot sauce, half a lime, sliced into wedges


1. For puff pastry: Preheat oven to 160C / 320F. Cut frozen puff pastry sheet into shape. I’ve done this by cutting the sheet into four pieces (one for each dinner guest – great for entrees) or cutting shapes using cookie cutters – perfect for canapes.

2. For the mangoes: Slice off the mango cheeks, and peel off the skin (I did this by slicing off the skin with a sharp knife. You can peel off the skin by hand, but results may be less neat, if presentation is important). Slice the mango cheeks into thin slices. Optional: mix – gently – with a dash of hot sauce and a squeeze of lime.

3. For the macadamias: coarsely grind the macadamias in a food processor, or pound in a mortar and pestle until you get crumbly bits.

4. To assemble: spread the mascarpone cheese in a thin thickish layer over the tart shell. Place a layer of mango slices over the mascarpone. Sprinkle over ground or crushed macadamia nuts. Serve at once for maximum freshness.

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43 thoughts on “Mo’ fabulous mango tarts

  1. Ngan R. 1 March 2014 at 3:41 am Reply

    Another fabulous take on your tarts–and love that mo’ stache on them tartlets. Fiery hot sauce and lime juice? Interesting and a must try!

    Those bitcoin exchanges are crazy. I thought they were supposed to be encrypted and impossible to steal, so how did Mt. Gox get robbed? Hmmm…perhaps I’ll just stick to trying out your tarts rather than decipher fake currency. 🙂

    • saucygander 2 March 2014 at 9:58 pm Reply

      Thanks Ngan – I actually saw a Momofuku cocktail that had mango and sriracha, after I posted this… and it sounds to die for, might have to make it with the last of our summer mangoes!

    • saucygander 2 March 2014 at 10:00 pm Reply

      And bitcoins…yep, too complicated for me. I agree with sticking with making tarts, at least tarts can’t be hacked!

  2. Nancy 1 March 2014 at 3:49 am Reply

    Fabulous tarts indeed! You’ve outdone yourself 🙂

  3. Sadia Mohamed 1 March 2014 at 3:52 am Reply

    Hahaha! What a wonderful write up! Really enjoyed reading it.
    Btw lovely lovely mango tarts. I am really gonna try this combination of mascarpone and mango. Im sure it will be a “to die for” combi.
    And thankyou sooo much for the mention of my lava cake here. Soo glad that you saw it across the room. 😉 🙂

    • saucygander 2 March 2014 at 10:10 pm Reply

      Thanks Sadia, let me know if you do try this, I’m sure it will also a great with other fruit too. 🙂
      And definitely going to try your lovely lava cake recipe. Have also pinned it.

  4. thebrookcook 1 March 2014 at 4:27 am Reply

    Tarts have the most fabulous presentation– yours look divine!

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  6. Liz 1 March 2014 at 5:31 am Reply

    whoa, you get around, Saucy! Love all your links–fun finds. And good call on shaving the stache on the tartlets. Ugggh. Looks like you have yourself a versatile base for just about anything yummy 😀 Happy Fiesta to you. Soak up that sun.

    • saucygander 2 March 2014 at 10:12 pm Reply

      Yeah, some things don’t belong on a tart. Moustache is one, unless it was an edible chocolate ‘stache?? Hmm, the possibilities! 😀

  7. theseasonedtraveler 1 March 2014 at 5:58 am Reply

    Beautiful tarts! I love the flower cut-outs, and mango + mascarpone sounds divine.

    • saucygander 2 March 2014 at 10:13 pm Reply

      Thank you, the flower cut outs worked surprisingly well and were really easy too! 😀 Thanks for visiting!

  8. simplyvegetarian777 1 March 2014 at 9:19 am Reply

    These look divine my dear 🙂

  9. lapetitecasserole 1 March 2014 at 9:34 am Reply

    That’s beautiful Saucy… so now it’s really hard to choose… plums or mango?? may I have both? I hope so!

    • saucygander 2 March 2014 at 10:16 pm Reply

      Of course you can have both! Plums for entrée and mangoes for dessert, its a balanced meal, oui? 😉

  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella 1 March 2014 at 12:11 pm Reply

    That looks fantastic! And I saw those ATMs-a great idea! I hope that it stops raining for everyone tonight!

    • saucygander 2 March 2014 at 10:17 pm Reply

      Yep I’m hoping the ATMs stay around for a while longer, they are fun!

  11. The Novice Gardener 1 March 2014 at 12:18 pm Reply

    You really have a way with pastries, Saucy! You’re sure you didn’t go to Le Cordon Bleu? I’d better read up your bio more thoroughly. Oh, it’s you who’s in the lamé suit. With the mo on, I thought you were Johnny. Drat, where are those glasses, can’t keep mistaking my own guest! Where’s Margot? You didn’t bring her along? Btw, have you met Nell? She’s Aussie, too, but I haven’t seen at the fiesta, either.

    • saucygander 2 March 2014 at 10:19 pm Reply

      Haha, yes my Johnny look-alike moustache!! Haven’t met Nell, you must introduce us. And Margot came with those fabulous Thai chicken balls! Loving your parties!

  12. Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs 1 March 2014 at 12:57 pm Reply

    Haha…love this!! Mo-stache and all!! Seriously though…this is brilliant. I am loving the pastry cut outs, the mascarpone and mango and the plums!! Just beautiful… Deliciously beautiful… 🙂

    • saucygander 2 March 2014 at 10:22 pm Reply

      Thanks Prudy! Liz just inspired the idea of chocolate moustaches, I must try this idea out. I think the pastry and mascarpone would work with so many things, its a tasty but relatively neutral set of flavours.

  13. Patty Nguyen 1 March 2014 at 2:36 pm Reply

    What a great tart idea! So simple and easy! Your photos are beautiful, by the way. Love your style. 🙂

    • saucygander 1 March 2014 at 3:09 pm Reply

      Aww thanks so much, love your photos too! I’m glad I’ve found your blog through Angie’s parties! 😀

      • Patty Nguyen 1 March 2014 at 4:55 pm

        I feel the same! 😀

  14. chefjulianna 1 March 2014 at 3:12 pm Reply

    These look so unique and scrumptious! But, I have to thank you for convincing the tarts to give up the mo’s! Phew!

    • saucygander 2 March 2014 at 10:23 pm Reply

      Haha! Yes, the idea of hair and tarts was…not good. But chocolate moustache, on the other hand…! 😀

  15. Gather and Graze 1 March 2014 at 5:24 pm Reply

    Love the mango tarts Saucy and love the moustache too! Feeling a little slack as I haven’t had time to dress up this week… all those good intentions of Dame Edna too! Happy Fiesta Friday and enjoy the Mardi Gras – hope you get lots of fabulous photos to post! 🙂

    • saucygander 2 March 2014 at 10:26 pm Reply

      I haven’t got into that Dame Edna dress yet, though just got the idea for chocolate moustaches that would be more tart-friendly. Maybe an idea for a dinner party, have been talking to friends about an April Fools dinner, and chocolate mo would probably fit in that theme. 😀

  16. nancy@jamjnr 1 March 2014 at 8:39 pm Reply

    Now hot sauce, lime, mango and mascarpone is pretty inspired I need to try that one.

    • saucygander 2 March 2014 at 10:29 pm Reply

      Thanks Nancy, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but the spicy and lime kick worked great. After I posted this, I read about a Momofuku cocktail using mango and sriracha, it sounded amazing!

  17. ediblethings 2 March 2014 at 2:30 am Reply

    Hot sauce, mango and lime sound like a winning combination, I bet that makes a fantastic sorbet, too

    • saucygander 2 March 2014 at 10:32 pm Reply

      Ooh sorbet, now there’s an idea! Will give that a go! 🙂

  18. WhatJessicaBakedNext... 2 March 2014 at 4:48 am Reply

    These look amazing! 🙂

  19. Johnny Hepburn 2 March 2014 at 1:28 pm Reply

    You got me with your fiery hot sauce, lime juice and mango – what a great combo! Not sure about the tache, though!

    • saucygander 2 March 2014 at 4:26 pm Reply

      Ha! The tarts did look better without the moustaches, don’t think my drawing skills helped.
      The jazzed up mango was really good! We’re getting the last of summer mangoes so I’m making the most of them.

  20. bitsofnice 3 March 2014 at 2:05 am Reply

    Beautiful and mouthwatering!

  21. tworedbowls 3 March 2014 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh, these PHOTOS. So gorgeous!!! I adore the composition. And the tarts sound too delicious. I’d love a summer mango right about now.. mm.

    • saucygander 4 March 2014 at 3:23 am Reply

      Thank you so much Cynthia, wish I could send summer mangoes your way, they have been so good this season here.

  22. milkandbun 6 March 2014 at 7:01 am Reply

    Hi from FF! Tarts looks absolutely beautiful! Can I have one?:)

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