Simple fruit tarts with the Duke Nukem logo.
I had originally planned to bake the tart crusts myself, but for the life of me I couldn’t find a tartlet pan anywhere. Luckily, I was tootling down the baking aisle of my local grocery store when I discovered small graham cracker crusts. These crusts worked out just peachy!
If you’re feeling extra sassy, you can make your own crust and/or filling and just follow the below guidelines on how to make the Duke Nukem logo.
Small graham cracker crusts
Cherry or strawberry preserves
One whole pineapple
You can buy pineapple rings instead of a whole pineapple, but pineapples are in season this time of year, and cutting up a pineapple isn’t so bad.
When picking out a pineapple, check for soft spots (they’re usually near the bottom of the fruit) and healthy looking leaves. If the leaves can be easily pulled off, look for another pineapple.
First thing to do is chop off the top leafy part. Next, slice off the skin of the pineapple.
Pare out any parts of the skin that weren’t removed during the first go-around so that all the brown spots are removed.
Lay the pineapple on its side and cut a slice with roughly 1/2″ thickness. You can go thinner, but the design pieces will be more apt to fall apart.
Bust out all the circular cookie cutters. You want the outer ring to be pretty snug against the crust, so find one that’ll just fit into the tart. Pick out another cookie cutter that’s a bit smaller. You’ll want the ring to have about 1/4″ thickness. Any thinner and the pineapple ring will be apt to split when being cut with the cookie cutter.
Take a pineapple ring and place on the cutting board. Take the bigger cookie cutter and center around the core of the pineapplie slice. Put your weight behind it and push! Pop the pineapple out the middle, and repeat with the smaller cookie cutter to create the outer ring.
Use the rest of the pineapple slice to cut out the three triangles. You’ll have to eyeball this part, but if they don’t fit correctly in the tart, you can just trim ’em down. Avoid the core area of the pineapple when cutting out the designs. That part’s not as tasty as the rest of the fruit.
For the middle circle, I didn’t have a cookie cutter that was small enough. So I used a frosting tip.
Fill the graham cracker crust container with the preserves. It took about four spoonfuls to fill ‘er up.
Push the outer ring into the preserves. Place the triangles and center circle on top. You’ll probably need to fill in the spaces between the triangle with a little bit more preserves, depending on how much you had in there in the first place.
You’ll have enough pineapple for a half dozen tarts. No knife is needed, the pineapple will be soft enough to be cut with a fork.