Sunday, March 9, 2014

Simple berry tarts

I am such a fresh fruit kind of girl.
Strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, oranges, mango, etc.
Whether enjoying fruit as is
 adding berries to oatmeal
or making a  favorite spinach salad with feta & strawberries
I love it.


Strawberries are plentiful at the market right now
which gets me a little bit excited about Summer coming 
and those warm days and evenings outside entertaining and relaxing.

So while I was photographing these delicious berries and getting hungry ;)
they got me thinking about a favorite treat that
we like to make during the warm Summer months 
 a Fruit Tart


A few years ago, I learned a simple secret to making the crust for fruit tarts
which  is to use a sugar cookie dough

I love the traditional crust- but if you are in a hurry for a last minute treat
the sugar cookie dough makes it even easier 


You can roll the dough out to make a large tart or - make it simple
and make them small, cookie sized treats


They have just a few ingredients and you can use whatever fruit is 
your favorite too. 

Sugar cookie dough (pre made or make your own)
Cream cheese
*vanilla extract
*sugar
strawberries, blueberries, tangerine, kiwi, raspberry, peaches, etc.

Make the cookies (either your own recipe or use pre-made dough)
and while they are baking-  prepare the cream cheese topping
by softening the cream cheese and stirring it a bit.

*If you like a little more sweetness- you can add just a tiny bit of vanilla
and a sprinkling of sugar to the cream cheese*

I leave it plain- but that is just my preference
 I find with the sugar cookie crust there is already enough sweetness to it.


After the cookies cool
top them with the cream cheese - spreading it as thick as you would like
 then add your fruit and enjoy!

These are super easy to make especially when you have a house full of your kids friends over
Plus- if you have younger kids that like to decorate their very own treat
 these are great for birthday parties, etc.


So there you have my random strawberry inspired post
 I am off to snack on a few of them and then get back to work over here
;)


Happy weekend!








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11 comments:

  1. That looks gorgeous AND delicious. I like the cookie sized ones-what fun. Have a wonderful Sunday, Courtney- xo Diana

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  2. Those are a wonderful and easy dessert. Great for spring!

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  3. This sounds so good!!! Thanks for sharing

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  4. What gorgeous pictures. Your tarts looks delicious and cute. It has a nice rustic look that I love. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Well thank you for sharing this idea for fruit tart crusts! I love fruits and pastries and will be making this at our house! Happy Sunday friend!

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  6. Oh...this looks delicious!! Our berries will be in season in a few months (lol), but I'm Pinning this. Thanks!

    XO,
    Jane

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  7. Yum! So delicate and pretty! Spring will be springing here in the Pacific Northwest shortly! And speaking of shortly, strawberry short cake!

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  8. Sounds great! Personally I prefer to use Italian cream cheese (mascarpone) and confectioners sugar.

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  9. How clever. I don'tt have a tart pan so this would be perfect for me!

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  10. Perfectly delicious and beautiful for this time of the year-I have 8 new strawberry plants which I just planted-they even have a few berries already on them!
    Have a lovely Monday!
    Jemma


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