Easy Elegant Fruit Tart

A beautiful berry tart, easy to make but with an impressive and dramatic appearance.

In France and Switzerland and Scandinavia, I’ve stood, slavering, outside patisserie windows, hoping the calories would stay behind the thick glass. They did but I could not. From creations of butter and cream and fruit and nuts, all so perfectly formed by expert hands, came irresistible calls for slow, savored consumption.

This elegant, summer-fresh tart will unleash your inner pastry chef. It cries out for creative flair in the choice and arrangement of fruit, in the selection of liqueurs and jams.

This is a tart you may swooooon over. Is it a cheesecake? Sort of. Is it a tart? You bet. But is it delicious? Yes, ma’am! It’s an easy, elegant dessert, one which I’m willing to bet you’ll make again and again.

ALANNA's TIPS For extra elegance, get out the rolling pin for your favorite pastry. I’ve been experimenting with ingredient combinations and am close to settling on 1:1 Crisco:butter or better yet lard:butter and a 1:3 ratio of cake flour:regular flour. Otherwise, Pillsbury refrigerated crusts are quite good, especially if rolled a bit thinner before arranging in the pan. Just cut away and discard what hangs over the sides. Or for still greater simplicity, use a prepared graham cracker or chocolate cookie crust. For liqueur, choose something fruity such as Gran Marnier or something subtle such as a dry sherry. The rings of black-then-red-then-blue berries are extraordinarily beautiful but perfectly ripe peaches or other juicy fruits, artfully arranged, would be spectacular as well.
Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences.

EASY ELEGANT FRUIT TART

Hands-on time for filling & topping: 15 minutes
Start-to-finish: About 2 hours
Serves 8
  • 1 unbaked or baked pie crust (see ALANNA's TIPS)
    FILLING
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons liqueur (see TIPS)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
    TOPPING (see TIPS)
  • 1/2 pint blueberries
  • 1/2 pint raspberries
  • 1/2 pint blackberries
  • 1/4 cup fruit jam or jelly
  • 1 tablespoon liqueur

CRUST If unbaked, preheat oven to 450F. Arrange dough in a nine-inch tart pan with a removable bottom, pinching along rim to form a decorative edge. Cover with foil and weight center with pie weights or dried beans. Bake 15 minutes or until light brown and fully baked. Cool.

FILLING Meanwhile, combine filling ingredients until smooth with an electric mixer. Spread evenly in the cooled crust and refrigerate until firm, about 45 minutes.

TOPPING Arrange berries in concentric circles, starting with blackberries along outer edge, then raspberries, then filling center with blueberries. Heat the jam and liqueur in a small pan until just warm and spoon evenly over fruit. Refrigerate for up to two hours before serving.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per Slice: 317Cal; 18g Tot Fat; 8g Sat Fat; 31mg Cholesterol; 205mg Sodium; 33g Carb; 3g Fiber; Weight Watchers 7 points

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Looks delicious!!!

6/19/2006
 
I love the simplicity of this recipe. I also like the fact that it's not too sweet (like when you use graham cracker crusts). The liqueur adds a nice accent to the flavor. My family ate the first one that I made very quickly. I'm making the second one today! Many thanks!

5/19/2007
 

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