Monday, April 9, 2012

Scrumptious Fruit Tart


This Easter I decided to make 2 different desserts.  One that is decadent and one that is decadent but lighter.  So I made my Chocolate Flourless Cake and my favorite Fruit Tart.  It had been awhile since I made my Fruit Tart.  I use to make it a lot back in the day.  It's been years so I decided to make it this Easter.  I know there are different versions of this and you can certainly use the fruit you like.  I wanted to make a rainbow of fruits.  Starting from red to blue/violet.  Strawberries, Mandarin Oranges, Bananas, Kiwi, Blueberries and Raspberries.

I used a perfect sugar cookie crust and my mom's old world custard recipe.  Then I added the sliced fruit and then you have an impressive and yummy dessert!  Some like to also call this Fruit Pizza, but I think this title downplays the dessert.  You can make this into little tartlets using muffin tins and do individual tarts or one big 12 inch tart using a tart pan or a pizza pan.

It was a hit at Easter dinner at my parent's house.  It went so fast I almost thought maybe I wouldn't get a piece but I got lucky to get a piece.  Although it went fast and was disappearing quickly, it felt very nice to get the compliments that everyone loved it.  I felt very loved.  You know the feeling....

You can certainly do this the long way or the short way.  You can make the sugar cookie crust from scratch and the custard from scratch but I will also tell you the shortcut to a semi homemade version of this that tastes just as great at you take full credit of a delicious dessert.

Homemade Sugar Cookie Crust can be substituted for a prepackaged sugar cookie mix like from Betty Crocker.  I would suggest using the mix instead of the prepared dough.  Then for the custard substitute you can use a large box of Jell-O's Instant Vanilla Pudding mix except use 2 1/4 cups of milk instead of the pudding recipe's 3 cups of milk, the less amount of milk will make a Vanilla Pie Filling.  This will make more of a thick vanilla custard instead of a loose pudding that will not hold the fruit and be runny.

This is a step by step process of the recipe.  You can find my original custard recipe HERE...

12 Inch Fruit Tart
-Pizza Pan
-Assorted Fruit
-Custard or 1 Large Package of Jell-O Instant Vanilla Pudding mixed with 2 & 1/4 cups of Milk whisked until thick.
-Sugar Cookie to form a 12 inch circle about 1/4 inch thick or a Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix made according to package directions mixed with ingredients.

Make your sugar cookie mixture, roll into a ball....

Pat Cookie Dough into a circle leaving about a 1/4 inch edge for cookie dough to spread while baking.

Bake cookie at 350'F for about 10-12 minutes until cookie begins to be golden brown around edges.

Make your custard while cookie cools.  Let your custard cool until ready to spread onto cookie.  If using instant pudding, mix large box of instant Jell-O Vanilla Pudding with 2 1/4 cups of milk.

Slice fruits.  You can slice any fruits you'd like.  Set aside.  Spread Custard/Pudding around baked cookie leaving a 1/4 inch edge without custard.

Arrange fruit starting from the outside in.  Slightly layering them on the edges of each slice.  Use small fruits like Blueberries to fill in empty spots where custard is exposed.

This is a great way to impress guests or take to a get together.  You can make everything from scratch or do the semi homemade version.  Either way it will be one very awesome dessert!  This is a very versatile dessert and can be experimented using different fillings and fruits as well as toppings.

Have A Happy Easter,
Annamaria


My Easter Plate at my parent's house....
Italian Chicken Cutlets, Bocconcini with Olive Oil with Salt and Pepper, Onion Calzone and Lasagna!  Yum!  Our Traditional Italian Easter Dinner!  
Thank You Mamma!

Here are the eggs that my daughter, son, niece and nephews made!  They made them as wild as the wild monkeys they are!  It was great spending time coloring eggs with them!



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29 comments:

  1. Love your fruit tart! It looks like a fruity version of pizza. I will adapt your idea and let my son to construct his own fruit tart :D

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    1. Awesome Zoe! It's awesome to do with kids! My brother said the same thing, "It's a Fruit Pizza!". Everyone loved it! Let me know when you do it, I wanna see it! It's great because you can use any fruit you like!

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  2. I love fruit tarts and that one looks gorgeous!! I may have to break down and try this one! It would be great for Mother's day too! Thanks. Great to find your site on voiceBoks, I'm now happily following!

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    1. Thank You Kathy! It is very delicious and thank you for following! I almost didn't get a piece of it because it went so fast!

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  3. Your tart looks delicious! I love all the pretty colors. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  4. What a beautiful dessert. I'm a chocolate lover but a delicious fruit tart is a close second. I can't wait to make this. Thanks for sharing--I'm a new follower.

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    1. Cindy I am a chocolate lover too! I will be making a chocolate version soon. So stay tuned! I sometimes like to have something different. I did make a Chocolate Flourless Cake to serve also along with the Fruit Tart. Not everyone in my family is into very rich chocolate desserts, crazy I know, so I made this as well.

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  5. Your fruit tart looks wonderful. It is making me crave some fruit right now. I would love it if you would share this great recipe on my new linky party, Dare to Share.

    Pam
    http://pamspartyplanning.blogspot.com/2012/04/dare-to-share-2.html

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    1. Thank you Pam! I will definitely share on your linky party!!!!

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  6. Your fruit tart looks great....now I'm hungry for fresh fruit!! LOL Thanks for stopping by my site!!!

    Patti

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  7. That Pizza looks great. You have a very fun blog I'm following you back on GFC. Thanks for stopping by and following me. I can't wait to read all you posts.
    Rose

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  8. Your tart looks delicious! I just love fresh fruit because it is so naturally pretty. Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  9. That tart sounds delicious and looks so good too! I must try this soon. Thanks for visiting and following. I'm following you as well. It's great to meet you.

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    1. It's great to meet you too Karen! Thank You for following! I truly appreciate it!

      Happy Spring,
      Annamaria

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing your yummy tart on my Dare to Share party. I definitely want to try it. I am pinning in my Sweet Treats Pinterst board. I hope you come back and pin some more great ideasb and recipes.

    Pam
    http://pamspartyplanning.blogspot.com/2012/04/dare-to-share-party-3.html

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    1. Thank You Pam!!!! Thank you for pinning and spreading the recipe!

      Warmest Regards,
      Annamaria

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  11. Annamaria,

    Thanks for linking up this week. This and everything else you shared looks delicious! I hope you'll come back next week.

    Hugs,
    Michelle

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  12. Wow! That looks so good...can't wait to try it. How many people do you think it serves?

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    1. Well my family scarfs it down, but I would say about 8-12

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  13. This recipe looks great! I would love it if you linked up this post to my blog hop for a chance to win a cookbook prize package: http://ow.ly/aj76a

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  14. This looks great! And what a perfect treat for spring and summer time!

    Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week! Come by and grab my featured button if you'd like one!

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  15. Looks Yummy! We made one similar for my girlfriends baby shower. It was the fist time I had it - and it was GREAT!! They are so pretty.

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    1. They definitely are pretty and yummy Karyn! Thank you for stopping by!

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  16. Looks great! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

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