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This was a fun recipe to make, and I learned a few things too! When I was little fruit tarts were my favorite dessert. I remember getting excited when my mom said we were going to La Madeline’s to eat because I knew I wanted to get a fruit tart from the bakery case. Then I would eat the fruit and filling and leave the crust. To me it was more of a dish that the yummy filling and topping came in, not meant to eat because it just didn’t taste all that great. But this Fruit Tart is different! The crust is like a dessert all its own. Made by browning the butter to give a warm nutty flavor and baking it until just browned. It could be it’s own cookie all by itself.
The pictures above show a clever way of decorating your fruit tart, by using the peaches as a slicing guide. A big thank you to the awesome people at Cook’s Illustrated for this neat and useful idea. Here are a few tips and tricks I learned while making this Fruit Tart:
- First things first, the crust. The first one was not up to my standards so I scrapped it and made another one. (It’s so easy it wasn’t a big issue having to remake it.) This time I used one of my 8-inch round cake pans with a piece of parchment paper on the bottom and gently pressed the dough into the tart pan. I found this helped spread the dough out evenly and made for a picture perfect crust!
- This one is VERY IMPORTANT. Use white chocolate baking chips for the filling, not white chocolate chips. To be sure you have white baking chips, look at the list of ingredients. If it lists cocoa butter on the ingredients list this is not what you want. If you use real white chocolate your filling will not set up properly and will be loose.
- Depending on the size of your peaches you may just need 2 or 3 slices for decoration.
- Use a light hand when dabbing on the glaze. If your glaze starts to harden, reheat in the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds to loosen it up.
- You want to be sure you have all your fruit topping prepped and ready to go once you pour the filling in the crust. Once the filling cools it will be too firm to hold the fruit topping properly so you want to be sure you decorate your tart while the filling is still warm.
Don’t let this Fruit Tart’s good looks fool you, this is incredibly easy to make. It only looks like you slaved all day in the kitchen for it. 🙂
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Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated
Yield 8 slices
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon table salt
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 ripe peaches
- 1/3 cup white baking chips (not white chocolate chips)
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon grated lime zest, plus juice
- Pinch of salt
- 6 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
- 20 ounces total of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries
- 1/3 cup apricot preserves
- Adjust an oven rack to the center of the oven and heat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt together in a bowl to combine. Melt the butter in a small stainless steel saucepan over medium-high heat, swirling occasionally, until the foam eases up. Continue to cook stirring and scrapping the bottom of the saucepan with a heatproof spatula, until the butter has browned and has a nutty aroma, about 1 to 3 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the water. When the bubbling eases up, transfer butter to the bowl with the flour mixture and stir well to combine. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom and let dough rest until warm, about 10 minutes.
- Using your hands, gently press and smooth the dough over the bottom and sides of the pan, using about two-thirds of dough for the bottom and the remaining third for the sides. Place pan on wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet and bake until crust is golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking. Let the crust cool completely, for about 1 hour.
- Place a peach, stem side down on a cutting board. Place knife just to the side of the pit and cut down to remove 1 side of the peach. Repeat this process with the other side of the peach and cut off the remaining 2 sides. Place pieces cut side down and slice into ¼-inch thick slices. Repeat this process with the remaining peach. Chose the best 24 peach slices to decorate the tart.
- Microwave the baking chips, heavy cream, lime zest and salt in a medium bowl, stirring in 10 second intervals until chips are melted, about 30 to 60 seconds. Add one-third of the mascarpone cheese and whisk to combine. Add in the remaining mascarpone cheese and whisk until smooth. Stir in 2 teaspoons lime juice. Transfer the filling to the tart shell and spread into an even layer.
- Evenly space 8 blackberries around the outer edge of the tart. Starting from the center, and ending on the right side of each berry, (using the berries as a guide) arrange 8 sets of 2-3 slices of peach in the filling with rounded sides up. You will have to overlap the slices a bit. Arrange the remaining berries in an eye catching pattern between the peach slices covering as much of the filling as possible, keeping the fruit in an even layer.
- Microwave preserves and 1 teaspoon lime juice in a small bowl until it’s fluid, about 20 to 30 seconds. Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer. With a pastry brush, gently dab the mixture on top of the fruit avoiding the crust. Refrigerate tart for 30 minutes.
- Remove the outer metal ring from the tart pan and slide a thin metal spatula between the pan bottom to loosen the tart. Carefully slide tart onto a serving platter. Let tart sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes. Using the peaches as a guide, slice tart into wedges and serve.
Store: Tart can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours. If refrigerated for more than 1 hour, let set at room temperature before serving.
Make Ahead: Cooled crust can be wrapped loosely in plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to 24 hours.