Thursday, June 10, 2010

Strawberry Cream Tart




This was one delicious tart. I honestly could not just stop at one slice! Each time I had some I had to have 2 slices and my husband and I just devoured this within 2 days! It has a sweet cookie like crust and the almond extract in both the crust and cream really comes through. I think this would also be good with a variety of fruit. The cream is what makes it special to me. It is so good and so simple to make. I did not use the melted jelly as a glaze because when I went in my pantry to get the strawberry jelly, when I opened the jar it looked like the beginning of a science experiment!Even though it had been sealed, I guess I had just had it too long. One of those things you forget about and it just keeps making its way further back into the pantry and is forgotten until you need it in a recipe!


Glad that school is almost over. My youngest son starts middle school in September and is pretty excited about that. I'm just glad right now that the pool days are here and the beach is just begging me to come back for a vacation!


Crust for tart:


1/2 c butter, softenend
1/3 c sugar
1 1/4 c all purpose flour
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp almond extract

Filling:

3 oz pkg cream cheese, softenend
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 c whipping cream

Topping:

1 pt fresh strawberries, sliced or raspberries
2-6 tbsp strawberry or raspberry jelly, melted (I omitted this)


Heat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small mixer bowl beat butter and sugar at medium speed, scraping bowl often until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add flour, milk and 1/2 tsp almond extract. Reduce speed to low; continue beating, scraping bowl often, until mixture leaves sides of bowl and forms a ball. Press dough on bottom and sides of a greased 10" tart pan; prick with a fork. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool.


In a small mixer bowl combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp almond extract. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually add whipping cream; continue beating until mixture is thick and fluffy (2 to 3 minutes). Spread over top of cooled crust. Refrigerate at least 1 hour just before serving. Arrange fruit on filling. Brush or drizzle melted jelly over fruit.

17 comments:

Jenn said...

I love tarts! This one looks and sounds fantastic. The strawberries look beautiful. I just realized I don't own a tart pan...must buy one this weekend!

Lynda said...

This is a wonderful looking tart Debbie-what could be better than , cream cheese, cream and strawberries for summer!

Anncoo said...

I love tarts too! Can't wait to try this yummy dessert, thanks!

Joanne said...

This tart sounds delicious! i love the cream cheese filling!

And woot woot for summer vacation. Only two more weeks for me...

Monica H said...

Well you know me and my love for strawberries and cream cheese, so this looks incredible to me!

I will definitely be making this Debbie and I don't think it necessarily needs the glaze on top- it's pretty as is.

Ingrid said...

Mmmm, looks like I know what I'm making and eating this weekend!

I've got one going into middle school next year, too. And the twins are off to high school! YIKES, my babies aren't babies any more. :(
~ingrid

Cheryl said...

Ok I cannot wait to try this one! YUM!

Jenn said...

This would be great as an afternoon snack right about now. Yes...a big slice of that tart is what I need.

Mags said...

What a pretty looking tart! And I can definitely see where this would work with a variety of fruit.

Cinnamon-Girl said...

This is gorgeous! And it sounds positively delicious! It wouldn't last long in my house either.

Bridgett said...

OMG! I want some of that! What a beautiful tart and I just adore anything with strawberries.

Lori said...

Always a welcomed dessert, strawberries in a tart. Sooo good.

Kerstin said...

What a lovely summer dessert - so perfect for a potluck too!

Chef Aimee said...

This looks absolutely delicious...I do not blame you for not being able to stop at one slice!

Pamela said...

Yum! Looks like a glorious way to use up the abundance of strawberries!

The Blonde Duck said...

Perfect for summer!

Judy said...

Yummm, Debbie. This looks amazing.