…from the Perspectives’ Kitchen
How you doin’? If you're heading to St. Tropez this summer for the beaches, the sand and the surf, then July and August are the best months to go. This is peak tourist season so the city will likely be crowded. The temperatures average from the low 80s during the daytime hours, to the mid-60s at night. It cools off enough in the evening so that you can enjoy the wonderful foods of the region like my St. Tropez Summer Fruit Tart.
This St. Tropez Summer Fruit Tart is not only beautiful but one of the healthiest summer desserts. This fruit tart is easier than making a classic summer pie, but fancier than a down-home fruit cobbler. It looks dramatic, elegant, and downright impressive, but it's actually quite simple to make. With its fresh fruit topping, light, creamy custard filling, and crisp crust, this fruit tart is perfect for delicious dessert after a summer dinner.
This fruit tart's base filling is creamy but not too heavy. It's made with cream cheese, tangy sour cream, confectioners’ sugar and pure vanilla extract. Blend it all together before folding in the whipped cream which helps it achieve a light and fluffy texture.
Before serving, top with a variety of fruits of the season—a colorful mix of strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, and mango, but the tart would be just as delicious with say, all raspberries, or a mix of blackberries and blueberries, or an artfully placed fan of mango and papaya spears. Just be sure the fruit is properly chilled, peeled, hulled and pitted.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Dough Chill time: 60 minutes (refrigerator)
Tart Crust Chill time: 30 minutes (freezer)
Bake time: 12 to 15 minutes
Assembly time: 15 minutes
Set Chill time: 2 hours (or overnight)
Yield: 8 - 10 serving(s)
For the tart short crust
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large, chilled egg yolk
4 teaspoons ice water
For the tart filling
8 ounces softened cream cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup whipped cream
For the fruit topping (options)
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup hulled and sliced strawberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup mango slices
1/2 cup kiwi slices
3 tablespoons apple jelly
To make the crust
ChefSecret: You can dress up the filling by replacing the vanilla extract by using vanilla bean paste. This will give some random specks of vanilla bean in the filling.
Quip of the Day: What is Dracula's favorite fruit tart? Neck-tarine!
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