Think you can’t bake? Think again. This Simple Fresh Berry Tart is beyond easy to create and is sure to impress guests, that special someone, or even just yourself! Create a beautiful pastry shell with frozen puff pastry sheets from the freezer section and top it with gorgeous, glazed fresh berries. This recipe can be made ahead of time, but is simple enough to put together the day of.
I was lucky enough to have found great fresh blueberries, raspberries and blackberries in the dead of winter. I can’t wait to make this with fresh berries from our garden this year when they’re in season. Strawberries will need to be hulled and sliced if you chose to use those. I think cherries would be amazing in this tart as well.
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The ingredient list is super simple. You will need: one frozen puff pastry sheet, three cups fresh berries, four ounces cream cheese (at room temperature), half a cup plus two tablespoons strawberry jelly, two teaspoons sugar, an eighth teaspoon ground cinnamon, and one teaspoon vanilla extract.
To prepare you puff pastry sheet, allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Lay it out on a parchment lined baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the outer edges, a half inch in, with water. Fold over all edges, starting with the long edges first. Use a fork to poke through the bottom of the pastry repeatedly, making sure to go all the way through, to keep the pastry from puffing up in the middle. Take a sharp paring knife and lightly score all along the outer edges. Pop the prepared pastry back in the fridge for 30 minutes. Move your oven rack to the upper middle position and preheat your oven to 425°F. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well. After 30 minutes in the fridge, remove the pastry, sprinkle the bottom with the cinnamon sugar and bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the pastry shell to a cooling rack and allow to cool for one hour.
Pick through your berries and discard any soft or discolored ones. Place the berries in a colander and gently rinse under cool running water for at least 30 seconds. I have found the best way to dry berries is to line a salad spinner with paper towels and spin the berries for about 15 seconds. Heat the half cup strawberry jelly in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Add the berries and gently stir to coat.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, two tablespoons strawberry jelly and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Once the pastry shell has cooled for one hour, evenly spread the cream cheese mixture over it and top with the jellied berries. Place the tart back in the fridge for at least one hour, or up to four hours, allow tart to rest for 30 minutes out of the fridge before serving. I lightly dusted my tart with some powdered sugar right before serving, it is just so pretty! This step is optional, the tart is sweet enough on its own, so I’ll leave that decision up to you. Enjoy your super simple, yet beautiful, masterpiece!
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Below you will find some of the equipment I found useful while preparing this Simple Fresh Berry Tart. I only recommend items that I actually own and use.
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