Summer days can be long and boring, especially when the grandkids are out of school and there is nothing to do around the house when they visit. When the minutes creep by and it’s too hot to go outside, the dog days of summer can be pretty miserable.
However, this recipe for a Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart can give the kids something to look forward to as a dish the whole family can participate in creating. This recipe is perfect for little ones wanting to get creative and perfectly place fresh strawberries on top of a delicious tart.
In a food processor, mix flour, sugar and salt until combined. Then add butter, an egg and vanilla extract. Mix again until combined.
Flour your working surface and create a dough ball from the mixture. Flatten it slightly to form a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
After time has passed, lightly flour your surface once more. Roll out dough into an 11-inch circle. Place circle on a 9-inch tart pan. Roll over the top to trim. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about 30 minutes.
Prepare the tart crust for baking by covering it with aluminum foil then bake for 20 minutes. Wait for the crust to cool completely.
To make the filling, in a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla extract until smooth. Spread mixture onto cooled tart crust.
Microwave fruit spread and lemon juice while stirring often. Arrange halved strawberries on tart. Drizzle with fruit spread. Top with whipped cream before serving.
This sweet tart can brighten up your summer blues with fresh fruit, a sweet spread and a flaky, crispy crust.
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Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons extra-fine sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup strawberry fruit spread
3 teaspoons lemon juice (optional)
1 pound strawberries, halved
whipped cream (optional)
- Heat oven to 375 F.
- To make crust: In food processor, add flour, sugar and salt; pulse until combined. Add butter, egg and vanilla extract; pulse until combined and crumbly.
- Lightly flour surface then form dough into ball. Slightly flatten to form thick disc. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour.
- Flour surface then roll dough to 11-inch circle. Place dough in 9-inch tart pan with removeable bottom. With rolling pin, roll over top to trim excess dough around edges.
- Cover dough with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Press aluminum foil against crust, covering edges to prevent burning. Fill and distribute uncooked rice evenly. Bake 20 minutes. Cool completely.
- To make filling: In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla extract until blended and smooth. Spread cheese mixture evenly over crust. Refrigerate 1 hour.
- In small bowl, microwave fruit spread and lemon juice, if desired, stirring often.
- Arrange strawberry halves around tart. Drizzle heated fruit spread over strawberries. Top with whipped cream, if desired.
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