A perfect recipe for summertime – Berry Tart with a crispy crust.


This crust is a must. It requires some work so please make this when you have plenty of time on hand. The tart is very easy to put together though

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup ground almonds or almond flour (can substitute regular flour)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, very-cold, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/4 teaspoon almond essence
4-6 Tbsp ice cold water

1 cup mascarpone cheese
1/3 cup cold double cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/3 cup raspberries
1 1/3 cup blueberries
1 1/3 cup strawberries – stems removed and quartered
2 Tbsp orange marmalade

How to
In a food processor, combine flour, ground almonds, salt and sugar, pulse to mix. Add butter and pulse 6 to 8 times, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add almond essence to 4 Tbsp of ice water, then add the almond water to the flour and pulse a few times to incorporate. Add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, pulsing after each addition, until the dough begins to clump together. Remove the dough from the food processor and form into a ball onto a lightly floured surface. Shape the dough into a disc, 5-inches wide. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.

Remove the dough disc from the refrigerator. Let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Sprinkle some flour on top of the disk. Roll out with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface to a 12 inch circle; about 1/8 of an inch thick. As you roll out the dough, use a metal spatula to check if the dough is sticking to the surface below. Add a few sprinkles of flour if necessary to keep the dough from sticking. Carefully place dough into a 9-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Gently press dough into pan; have the dough come up 1 1/2 inches up the sides of the tart pan. Put tart pan in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 180. Take tart pan out of freezer and poke the bottom in several places with a fork. Line with aluminum foil, with enough extra foil off the two of the sides to use for lifting. Fill with pie weights – beans. Place a shallow baking pan on the bottom rack of the oven to catch drippings. Put the tart pan in the oven on the middle rack. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and remove the beans. (I lift the hot beans out by holding on to the aluminum foil and place the foil and beans into a large bowl to cool before storing.) Return the tart pan to the oven for 10-15 more minutes – bake until lightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

In a medium bowl, using a hand electric mixer or stand mixer, beat together the mascarpone, cream, and sugar at high speed until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute. Scoop mixture into tart crust, and spread so that it is level.

Heat marmalade up till warm. Put berries into a bowl and pour the marmalade mixture over the berries. (If you cannot find fresh berries, you could use frozen but drain them in a colander first for a few hours…) Use a large rubber spatula to gently mix the berries so they are all well coated with the marmalade mixture. Use a slotted spoon to lift up the berries from their bowl and place on the mascarpone cream.

Remove the rim of the tart pan before serving. (You may need to use a knife to gently separate the edges of the tart from the pan.)

By: Fatima Shah

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