Vanilla Berry Tart
I've had this recipe for Vanilla Berry Tart on my list to make for some time now. The combination of fresh berries, and delicious vanilla cream are just too irresistible, don't you think? We're so lucky too to be able to get fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, just about any time of the year now.
I wanted to do something different for the tart base. My recipe called for shortcrust pastry - you know regular pie crust. Now my pie crust is the flakiest that you will ever make - IMHO! Yet, I love how many bakers are experimenting with different types of crusts and in particular the latest craze around using cookie dough as a substitute for pastry dough!
So what would go really well with yummy vanilla cream and these delicious mixed berries?
- I wanted a very special dessert to take to Family Dinner and I knew this Fruit Tart would fit the bill.
- We had just learned earlier in the week that a baby is on the way and this will be my sixth grandchild!
- I thought about sugar cookie dough, how delightfully easy it is to make, so light, yet richly delicious!
- And to make it even easier, I actually used a sugar cookie dough mix so the entire recipe only takes about 30 minutes to put together.
I mixed up the sugar cookie dough according to the instructions and baked it flat on parchment paper, just like a pizza.
Once it cooled, I transferred it to a pie dish that I would be able to transport it in. Next was to make the Vanilla Cream. This is a very easy recipe, and the trick to making any kind of cream, whether or not it's chocolate, lemon or coconut - is to have all of your utensils and ingredients at hand, so that you don't have to leave the pot - just keep stirring!
I let the vanilla cream cool just a bit - a trick here is to cover the cream with plastic wrap - let it stick to the top of the cream. This keeps a skin from forming. Next step was to spread the vanilla cream on top of the sugar cookie base, garnish with berries - and that's it! A delightful delicious vanilla berry tart and a dessert that disappeared in minutes. Yours will too!