Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What a Tart!

Need a quick and easy dessert?  Something that you can make from what you have on hand?  Well almost? Something that your family will love and the kids can actually do themselves?  What A Tart just may be your answer!
I keep pre made pie crusts in the fridge at all times; I guess it’s the lazy way but let’s face it…..they are pretty good and we don’t always have the time or energy to make our own pie crusts….hey, but if you prefer you certainly can do this tart with your favorite homemade crust!
With a little sugar, a pie crust and a bit of fresh fruit you can have a delightful dessert in no time at all!  Right now big juicy fresh blackberries are available in the local markets; but you really can use most any fresh fruit.  Apples, Raspberries, Blueberries, Cherries, Pears or whatever you have locally that is fresh!
For this tart, I cut the blackberries in half lengthwise because they were huge!  I actually got 12 tarts from one box of blackberries; more than usual.  Normally I plan on 6 to 8 tarts from one box of berries.
Ingredients for 4 Tarts:
1 pre made pie crust
8 tablespoons sugar
Fresh fruit to cover tart ( about ¼ cup per tart)

Pre heat oven to 375
Cut pie crust in quarters
Trim into an oval/circle it doesn’t have to be exact but keep the trimmings for the top
Roll the edges and then pull the edges through your fingers at an angle
Top with fresh fruit
Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar per tart
Make leaves or other design with crust trimmings.  The leaves are just a small oval with three diagonal cuts on each side!
Place leaves on top of each tart
Bake on non stick (or coat with non stick spray) cookie sheet for about 30 minutes
You can brush tarts edges and leaves with a beaten egg wash if desired; I do sometimes but when my daughter makes them she doesn’t.
You can top with a dollop of whipped cream for extra joy but my family loves them even without and never seems to notice if I don’t give them the extra topping!


  1. Beautiful. I love the leaves across the top.

  2. looks so good.. loved the leaves..