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Mini Nuts tart

This delicious little caramel nut tart has a flaky pastry crust and is stuffed with crunchy whole almonds, almond strips, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, white melon seeds, and black sesame seeds. Imagine how wonderful and irresistible these nut tarts are, held together by the caramel sauce. With a pastry crust and mixed nuts, it is simple to make yet tastes much better than it appears. This is a great way to eat nuts!! And it is very thoughtful to give it as a gift. The practice is quite simple and easy. The nuts are delicious!! Imagine the rich homemade caramel coated the crunchy mixed nuts in one, the crispiness of the pastry crust melts in your mount. The crusts are quite important while making this miniature nut tart. Of course, you can buy store-bought crusts, but trust me, while we frequently only consider them to be a shell for a filling, we also need to consider how their flavour and texture will complement the filling. I have been making shortbread crust for lemon chee
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