To celebrate my brilliant, clever honey bees doing so well this year I have made these honey sweetened Elderflower Fruit Tarts. They had a pretty tough start to the year, my poor girls! A storm blew the roof off two of the hives earlier in the year and by the time I got to them, they were pretty wet and sorry looking.
Bees hate the cold and damp so I wasn’t too hopeful that they would survive the winter. When I was able to open the hives up for the first time in April they were doing much better than I had expected but were battling with a small number of very persistent ants. I hate ants! A strong hive full of bees can generally fight off ants but a weaker hive can struggle to defend their home, so I was really worried for them. A quick search of google, threw up some interesting suggestions on how to manage ants in bee hives. All three hives are now sporting oil moats, have hive legs that are smothered with petroleum jelly and are liberally sprinkled with ground cinnamon. It seems to have done the trick and we are now ant free!
Anyhow, back to these fab refined sugar free elderflower fruit tarts! The creme patissiere that fills the tarts is delicately flavored with sugar free elderflower syrup and is sweetened using honey. I used a very light honey so as not to overpower the elderflower flavor but of course you don’t need to flavor the tarts at all, You could even just use a stronger flavored honey if you want a honey creme patissiere. I used a combination of raspberries and apricots to decorate these tarts – you can use any fruits you want but I’d suggest that if you are using softer fruits that you leave decorating them until the last minute or you may find that they start to bleed. Glaze with a mix of honey and a little water and you have a very sophisticated looking fruit tart!
I hope you enjoy!