Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Slice of Summer Berry Tart

Here's a little tart that just shrieks "summer."  It's one of those wonderful, rare examples of very little effort = maximum effect.  I try hard to find as many of these examples as I can.  The crust is a baked graham cracker base, so no fiddling around making pastry, just a bit of stirring.  The filling, I think is the magic ingredient here, it's basically mascarpone cheese with a few flavors mixed in.  The topping is of course the best that summer can offer. Fresh organic berries, free of any sugary glaze, just sitting proudly on top in all
their glory.

It's a wonderful tart if you're out to impress but can't really be bothered to put the effort in.  It can be made ahead of time and assembled in a flash just before serving.  No real artistry is required, the berries do all the work.

Here's what you'll need for a slice of summer;

1 1/4 cups of graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup of melted butter
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 lb tub of mascarpone cheese
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of confectioner's sugar
Zest and juice of a lemon

Heat the oven to 350F

Melt the butter in the microwave

Mix the crumbs and sugar together in a bowl.  Add the melted butter, stir together until combined. 

Pour into a tart shell and press carefully into the corners.

Put into the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until golden.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool.  If you're in a rush (as I always am) pop it into the fridge to hurry it along.

Meanwhile make the filling by whisking together the mascarpone cheese, vanilla extract, confectioner's sugar, lemon zest and juice. 

When whisked, taste it, if you feel you need it a tad sweeter, then add a further 1/4 cup of confectioner's sugar.

Spread the filling into the thoroughly cooled tart shell.  Scatter the berries on top.  Add a couple of mint leaves if you like. 



  1. Hi. Thanks for dropping by my space and leaving your lovely comments. They brighten me up :-) The Tart looks so gorgeous and so easy to make!!! Thank you for sharing this!

  2. Easy, delicious recipes rock! This tart look SOOO good (and dummy proof!) Well done. Thanks so much for sharing and for the kind words for my mom :)

  3. This berry tart is absolutely stunning in all its summer beauty. And, so simple! Great job!

  4. this is just so summery,, yum!

  5. That is one gorgeous tart! I love how pretty it is... I totally agree that this would be a great way to impress :) I'm not sure I would have the heart to cut into it though :) Great post, Mary!

  6. that looks simply heavenly. I am all about my fruit at the moment and I could eat that whole thing. Seriously, the whole thing! So fresh and fun. Perfect for a summer backyard party

  7. This looks delicious! I love, love, love berries and can't get enough of them. I also love that this looks so easy. Sounds like one I can pull off quickly. Thanks!

  8. What a beauty! This recipe moves right to the top of the list. Gorgeous doesn't begin to describe your berry tart. I really love how easily it all comes together. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  9. pretty tart! Berries are always a winner when it comes to baking. Thanks for visiting my blog and considering to share the awards with me. It has been a few days I am not able to access my blog. I can be contacted at fionnachuah@gmail.com :)

  10. Wow that is really impressive and I can't believe it was so easy to make, you have made it look fabulous. Would you use digestive biscuits instead of Graham crackers if you we in UK? I might make it this weekend when we have guests.

  11. So easy and at the same time so tasteful!I love it!

  12. Look at that berry tart! I looks so beautiful and of course, delicious!


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