If you’ve ever had a great fruit tart at a restaurant, you’ve probably thought to yourself, “I could make this at home.” And, you know what? You’re probably right! Fruit tarts aren’t all the complicated as far as desserts go, but they can certainly come out less-than-ideal if you don’t follow a few simple rules.
So, we’re going to give you a leg up by sharing an easy fruit tart recipe or two with you. You’ll see that making a fruit tart is both easy and fun, and hopefully, you’ll be inspired to come up with some of your own recipes.
For this recipe, we’re not going to stray far from the classic French fruit tarts you’ve probably tasted before. And it all starts with the perfect pastry cream, or crème patissière if you’re feeling particularly fancy.
In a nutshell, pastry cream is the thick custard-like filling used in fruit tarts that gives them the luscious mouthfeel they’re so known for. In a fruit tart, you want to highlight the fresh flavor of fruits, so there’s no need to go overboard with the cream. A simple vanilla pastry cream will do just fine, and here’s what you need to make it:
That’s your pastry cream, which you’ll need to refrigerate for about three to four hours before you use it. While that’s in the fridge, you can move on to the pie crust, or tart crust in this case.
If you’ve ever made a shortbread crust, this needs no introduction. We’ll use a basic shortbread recipe for this tart crust.
When the dough is ready, use plastic wrap to tightly wrap it and refrigerate it along with your cream. After about an hour in the fridge, take it out and roll it out until it’s about ⅛ of an inch thick.
Roll it loosely around a rolling pin and unravel it gently over a tart pan. If you don’t have a tart pan, a pie dish will do in a pinch as long as it’s about 9 inches in diameter, and if you can find one with a removable bottom, even better.
Press the crust into the pan as if you were to make a crust and lay a piece of parchment on it. To bake it evenly, put about two pounds of beans into the pan over the parchment paper, or pie weights if you have them.
Bake the crust at 350 ℉ for about 10 minutes and let it cool completely before continuing, but don’t remove it from the pan.
Now comes the fun part—putting it all together. This is where you get to let your imagination run wild and focus on the fruit part of your fruit tart.
If you want a tropical fruit tart, you can pick fruits like kiwi, pineapple, or mango. Fancy something more continental? Go for strawberries, blackberries, and peaches. The sky’s the limit, and all that matters is that your fruit is cut into equal pieces, and you’re happy with what you end up creating.
First, you’ll want to transfer your chilled pastry cream into the tart crust and make sure it’s smooth all around. Then, arrange the fruit in a pleasing pattern, try to use a variety of colors and flavors.
You’ll need about a pint of sliced fruit but feel free to use more or less as needed. When you’re done, melt some apricot jam and use a kitchen brush to glaze the fruit generously. You can use any other kind of jam, but keep in mind you’ll want to match the colors and flavors of your fruit to the extent that it’s possible. The glaze serves to prevent the fruit from drying out until you’re ready to serve your tart.
And there you have it!
You’re ready to unleash your fruit tart on the world. Now the next time you want to search for “the best fruit tart near me,” the answer will be that it’s in your kitchen!
Unless you’re baking for an occasion, or you have a big family, it can be challenging to eat an entire fruit tart before it starts to get mushy or gummy. If that’s a problem for you, try baking your pie crust just a hair longer than you otherwise would.
Giving your crust a deep bake will prevent it from absorbing moisture as quickly so it will stay crunchy longer. Alternatively, you can pop your tart into a hot oven for a few minutes to re-crisp the shell when you’re ready to serve, but don’t rely on this trick working more than once.
Unfortunately, fruit tarts don’t stand up well to being frozen. They’re meant to be enjoyed on the same day they’re made, so try to plan out the baking process to concise with a time you’ll be able to eat it all or give it away to someone.
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