Simple Strawberry Cheese Tart

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Anyone who knows me is well aware I’m not a huge dessert person.  If I do I have dessert, it’s normally fresh fruit with angel food cake and some whipped cream and little else.  Oh sure I have the occasional ice cream or cake but only if it involves eating it and not making it.  So when I came home from the farmers’ market yesterday with fresh strawberries (among many other things) and told my wife I was going to make a tart for dessert she was a little surprised to say the least.  Being the wonderfully supportive wife that she is, she assured me it would turn out great; all the while in the back of her head wondering-does he even know how to make a tart?  After all them had been scarfed down while we watched our family movie “Scooby Doo”, I guess she realized I could.  Enjoy!

I started by defrosting one roll of puff pastry (from a 17.3 ounce box that contained two rolls)  for 40 minutes at room temperature.  I lightly dusted my counter and rolled out the pastry to about a 12 x 12 inch square and then cut that into four 6 inch squares and preheated my oven to 400 degrees.

I whisked together 1 egg and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl.  I brushed the egg wash a 1/2 inch around the whole square then folded the 1/2 inch over to form a rim and pressed down.  I brushed the top of the edges again with the egg wash and sprinkled turbinado sugar over that.  I poked holes with a fork all over the bottom to keep it from rising too much.

I spread about 2 tablespoons of strawberry jam over the top and popped them in the oven for 15 minutes poking the centers with a fork after the first 10 minutes to deflate them again.

I whipped together 8 ounces softened cream cheese, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice until well combined.

I removed the tarts from the oven and spread some of the cheese mixture over each tart and then put them back in the oven for 10 more minutes.

I removed them to a wire rack to cool and topped with the fresh strawberries.  Enjoy!

Simple Strawberry Cheese Tart
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A simple tart using prepared puff pastry that can be topped with whatever fresh fruit you happen to have.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
  • 1 roll puff pastry thawed for 40 minutes from a 17.3 ounce box
  • 1 pound strawberries halved
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • Turbinado sugar
  • 8 tablespoons strawberry jam
  • 8 ounces cream softened cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Remove the stems form the strawberries and cut in half. Mix them with the 2 teaspoons sugar and set aside.
  3. Lightly flour your counter and roll out the puff pastry to a 12x12 inch square then cut that into four 6 inch squares. Brush the ½ inch around the outer edge of each square with the egg wash. Fold that ½ inch edge over and press down to form a rim. Brush the top of the rim again with the egg wash and sprinkle some turbinado sugar on top of that. Poke the entire center area with a fork to prevent it from rising so much.
  4. Spread 2 tablespoons strawberry jam over the center then bake in the oven for 15 minutes poking the centers with a fork after the first 10 minutes to deflate them.
  5. Beat together the cream cheese, 3 tablespoons sugar, vanilla and lemon juice in a bowl.
  6. Remove the tarts and spread the cheese mixture over the center of each and bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove them to a wire rack when done to cool, then top with the reserved cut strawberries. Enjoy!




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