Suzanne Hollander, MS, RD

As a dietitian, home cook, and enthusiast of all-things-delicious, I'm often asked, "so what do YOU eat?" Here's a blog to answer that very question! My hope is that you'll find (even just a little) inspiration from some of my favorite recipes, restaurants, party-ideas and food musings for your own happy, healthy, food-loving lifestyle.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July 4th Dessert: Patriotic Berry Tart

A few years ago, I adapted this tart recipe from one I found in Real Simple .  It’s quick and easy and such a hit. Use any berries that are in season and play around with fun color combinations depending on your occasion.

The Nutrition Rundown: Fresh, seasonal berries add fiber, antioxidants, and yummy sweetness without too much added sugar. 

Patriotic Berry Tart
Ingredients
flour for the work surface
1 8-ounce sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
2 cups mixed berries

  1. Heat oven to 375° F. On a lightly floured surface, unfold the sheet of pastry and roll it into a 10-by-12-inch rectangle. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  2. Using the tip of a knife, score a 1-inch border around the pastry without cutting all the way through. Brush the border with the egg and sprinkle with the granulated sugar. Bake until golden and puffed, 18 to 22 minutes.
  3. Using the tip of a knife, rescore the border of the cooked pastry without cutting all the way through. Gently press down on the center of the pastry sheet to flatten it. Let cool to room temperature, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the cream, lemon zest, and 2 tablespoons of the confectioners’ sugar and beat until smooth. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly within the borders of the pastry.
  5. Arrange the berries in a single layer over the filling and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of confectioners’ sugar.