Friday, June 28, 2013

Free-form Berry Tart Recipe

I looked in my fridge and saw a lot of berries that needed to be eaten and decided to take action!  This was a fun recipe to make with my kids, and it really lends itself to any customizations you'd like:  try it with apple slices, nectarines....whatever type of fresh fruit you'd like on top!
Presenting my Free-form Berry Tart
(recipe at the bottom)
It's a really simple dessert...
Starting with a shortbread-inspired pie crust, I rolled it out and laid it onto a foil-covered baking sheet and spread onto the crust a cinnamon-cream cheese filling: 

Cover with mixed fresh berries:

Pick up the edge of the crust and fold it onto the fruit:

Bake at 375 for about an hour:


Free-form Berry Tart
Shortbread Pie Crust:

2 cups flour
1 stick butter
1T shortening
1T sugar
1/4 t salt

Mix everything except water together with a pastry cutter of two forks.  Once you have a crumbly mixture, add water and finish the mixing with your hand.  Place between two sheets of plastic wrap and roll out.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling:

1 package room-temp cream cheese
1/2 cup crème fraiche or sour cream
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup sugar
2 T cinnamon
1/4 t cloves
1 T vanilla

Mixed Berries:

1 pound strawberries
1/2 pound blueberries
1/2 pound raspberries

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