In a large bowl,gently whisk together flour, salt, sugar and baking powder, create a well in the middle and add egg, butter cut into pieces and vanilla. Mix together with a fork,then turn mixture onto a slightly floured surface and gently knead the mixture, when mixture is almost formed into a dough add the food colouring (if using) and knead until smooth and colour is even (keep surface lightly floured). Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Remove from fridge and knead the dough a couple of times to soften it up again on a lightly floured surface. Roll out to 1/8" thickness. Place cut out dough into lightly greased tart pans. Prick the bottom of the dough and place a piece of parchment paper or foil on each shell and fill with dried beans, bake in pre-heated oven for approximately 15 minutes, remove paper and beans and bake for approximately 5 -10 minutes more or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely before filling.
In a medium bowl add cream and whip until thick peaks appear.
In a medium bowl beat until smooth mascarpone (or cream cheese), icing sugar and vanilla.
Gently fold mascarpone mixture into whipped cream, until combined. Cover with plastic and refrigerate 30 minutes.
Fill cooled tart shells with Creamy Filling ( I used a pastry bag to fill), top with fresh fruit, refrigerate 20-30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Dough can be made in a food processor, add dry ingredients and then butter, egg and vanilla, pulse until almost combined.
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