Summer Berry Tart

Should I have gone all Martha Stewart on this tart and patterned the fruit into a flag? Probably.

‘Round here, we’re all about no fuss, though! Cute little berry flags are fussy and meant for magazines. Totally adorbs and festive, but so much fuss. And, when you’re sweating through the summer heat and just need something quick to bring to a BBQ, time to make it frilly and perfect ain’t on your side.

See how pretty it can still be when you plop the fruit on top? It’s my style, it’s your style, and it all tastes the darn same when it’s on your plate anyway…

What’s your favorite summer berry?

Mine has gotta be the raspberry. They have the prettiest ruby red color, are juicy as candy, and make a darlin’ decorative touch to any dessert. I never used to think much of them, but my hubby got me hooked! Now I am obsessed.

Raspberries + prosecco + lemon complete my summer. Prosecco has nothing to do with this recipe. But, I think any recipe with “summer” in the title deserves a Prosecco mention. Am I right?

So, let’s talk tart. I wish we could sit down to a slice (or three) together and chat about the weekend. Instead, though, I hope you’ll make it for yourself and whoever’s lucky enough to enjoy it with you!

Let me break it down for ya…

Making this little beauty is easy as pie. Or, actually, easier! Just roll out your puff pastry, pre-bake it and then let it cool. Mix up Cool Whip, cream cheese and lemon zest, and smooth it over the top of the golden brown pastry. Then, dot your favorite berries on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and a little chopped mint, if you’re feelin’ fancy.

Obviously, I was!

This tart is terrifically easy and colorful enough for any July 4th party. Or, just try it for any of your summer festivities! One batch makes enough for 12 hungry partygoers to grab a slice, so bake it up and watch it fly off the platter!

You’ll love this scrumptious berry tart. The cream cheese layer tastes light and citrusy, and combined with the crisp pastry and sweet, tangy berries, it’s a heavenly summer dessert! I hope you enjoy this recipe and let me know how it turns out if you do bake it!

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Summer Berry Tart

Yield: Makes about 12 (1-slice) servings

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon flour, for dusting

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

1 egg, beaten

1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar

4 ounces Neufchatel cheese (light cream cheese)*, softened

1 (8 oz.) tub Cool Whip Lite*

Zest from 1 lemon

3 tablespoons powdered sugar, divided

2 cups fresh mixed berries, your favorite (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc.)

1 Tablespoon chopped fresh mint, optional

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

On a surface lightly dusted with flour, roll out puff pastry slightly and transfer to baking sheet. With a knife, gently trace a 1-inch border around the edge of the puff pastry, careful not to cut all the way through. Brush beaten egg on the outside border and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden and puffed.

Remove from oven. With your hands in oven mitts, gently flatten the center of the pastry. Cool at room temperature for about 20 minutes.

While cooling, make the cream cheese mixture. Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add Cool Whip, lemon zest and 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar, beating again until fluffy and smooth. If pastry is not cooled yet, refrigerate until ready to use. Spread the mixture evenly within the border of the cooled pastry sheet.

Arrange your fruit in desired pattern on top of pastry, and sprinkle with remaining 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar. If desired, sprinkle with chopped mint. Slice into 6 squares and serve. Refrigerate leftovers up to 2 days.

Enjoy!

TIPS

You can substitute Neufchatel cheese (found next to cream cheese in most grocery stores) with regular cream cheese, if desired. Neufchatel has 1/3 the fat of regular cream cheese but the same texture and taste!

You can substitute Cool Whip Lite with regular Cool Whip or 1/4 cup heavy cream, if desired.

      

65 Responses to “Summer Berry Tart”

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    Tieghan — July 3, 2013 @ 12:28 am

    Loving this cute as can be summer tart. Your berries looks so juicy and delicious!! No fuss is always the way to go!
    So darn pretty!

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — July 3, 2013 @ 12:59 am

    I totally prefer the rustic look too! This is so festive and beautiful. And I love that it’s a little lighter!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 3, 2013 @ 1:22 am

    Your fuss-free tart is a looker! :)

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    Kathryn — July 3, 2013 @ 4:54 am

    Totally stunning!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 3, 2013 @ 6:57 am

    Georgia, I am loving this “no muss no fuss” summer berry tart of yours! So pretty and elegantly rustic. Like you, I am obsessed with raspberries. Love ‘em! Beautiful food styling and photographgy, too. In fact, I’m really crushing on your scalloped white plate! Thanks for sharing! xo

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    Monica — July 3, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    Looks lovely, Georgia! I heart this and prosecco, too. The two would go really well together, don’t you think? ; )

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    Joanne — July 3, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    I don’t know that i’d have the patience to turn those berries into a flag either! Honestly, I’d much rather eat it the way it is, with a bit of each berry in every bite. This is gorgeous!

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    Teresa Blackburn — July 3, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    No you should not have made a flag design! What you have done is much prettier and more delicious looking…..random is good. Lovely tart for summer meals.

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 3, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    Your “no-fuss” approach is still gorgeous! Have a great 4th!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — July 3, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    This is so gorgeous! I’d almost be too sad to ruin it by putting a knife to it…almost!

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    Eileen — July 3, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    I like that this isn’t a flag cake. It has a much more rustic feel which I love. And cream cheese topping with fruit – ahh… heaven! Happy 4th!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — July 3, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    So perfect! I’m with you – no fuss!! The addition of mint is absolutely perfect here too. Have a great 4th, Georgia!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — July 3, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    Gorgeous, lovely no-fuss tart, my dear! Few combinations are better than puff pastry, cool whip and fresh berries. Yum :)

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — July 3, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Super cute… so festive

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — July 3, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    Georgia, this is gorgeous! And just in time for the 4th!

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    Karly — July 3, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    Forget Martha Stewart! This tart is perfect just the way it is! Festive and completely gorgeous!

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    Monica — July 3, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    Wow, you do a fantastic job of making it sound as easy as pie, really! Great recipe, Georgia!

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — July 3, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    Seriously dying over how gorgeous this is! I want a big ole slice right now!

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — July 3, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    Gorgeous! And, on top of that, it’s easy. Great recipe Georgia. I’m glad you didn’t go Martha Stewart on us :) I think the free form berries are SO pretty!

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    Emma @ Fork and Good — July 3, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    This is so colourful and pretty – I have to agree that I prefer it ‘plopped’ on top in this rustic vibe, much nicer :)

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    Natalie — July 3, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    This looks so pretty and tasty! I am a big tart fan so this looks perfect to me!

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    Eat Good 4 Life — July 3, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Wow, this looks amazing. This is perfect for 4 of July. I am not making any desserts lately because it is too hot here and plus I don’t have an oven either :-( I wish I did though because i would totally make this right now.

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 3, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    Gorgeous, Georgia! I think this would be perfect for the 4th! I hope you have a great holiday!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — July 3, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    What a beautiful tart Georgia! Love the how easy it is to put together. Delicious!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — July 3, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    This tart is absolutely gorgeous, Georgia! Hope you have a great holiday!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — July 3, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    Wow, this looks even prettier than anything Martha Stewart could’ve done. Gorgeous! You always make the prettiest food, Georgia. =)

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — July 3, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    Yay! Glad you liked it :) I love you addition of the mint – you made this dessert even prettier!

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — July 3, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    Gawwwggeous! I love that it’s so simple too!

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    Jaclyn — July 3, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    This looks amazing! I wish I had this for breakfast instead of the bowl of cereal I just had!

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    Jeanette — July 3, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    Georgia – this tart is absolutely beautiful! I love the scattered natural look vs composed any day. Happy 4th!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — July 3, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    This is almost too pretty to eat!

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    Kelly — July 3, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    This summer berry tart tart looks absolutely amazing! I love this no fuss method and haha I agree, it all tastes the same anyway :) I still think yours looks gorgeous even with the no fuss method! Have a great 4th of July Georgia!

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    Nicole — July 3, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    This is such a purdy tart! Pinning :)

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    john@kitchenriffs — July 3, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    Gosh this is an easy recipe! And looks so great. I have a tough time deciding whether I like raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries best for July berries (and throw late season strawberries into the mix, and it gets even tougher!). I think maybe blueberries, but it’s a close call. Love the garnish as is – no flag needed! This already screams red, white, and blue – no reason to gild the lily. Good stuff – thanks.

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    cassie — July 3, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    This is so pretty, Georgia! I was just thinking about making some kind of fresh-fruit dessert for this weekend. I love this one!

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    Sofia Clara — July 3, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    This looks beautiful and absolutely delicious!

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    Dan from Platter Talk — July 3, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    Nice and easy (looking) but most of all, beautiful! Your mention of Presecco just makes it complete! Great post. Happy 4th to you!!

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    Honey What's Cooking — July 3, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

    I don’t like martha stewart, she annoys me. the less fuss, the better as you said. :-)
    this looks goooooodd… I wish you were my neighbor.
    Happy July 4th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green — July 3, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    Your pictures are stunning! And the dessert looks so delicious and festive!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 3, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

    Georgia, this looks amazing! It’s almost too pretty to eat, although I’m sure I’d be able to devour this no problem :)

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    Dana @ Simply Romanesco — July 3, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

    This tart is absolutely stunning! I could stare at it all day long. But right now I wish I could reach through the screen and grab myself a slice! :)

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    Ash- foodfashionparty — July 3, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

    This is such a beautiful looking tart and the best part is how easy you’ve made it.

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    Liz — July 3, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    Simply stunning, Georgia! And perfect for the 4th!!! Your photos are gorgeous, too :)

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    Jeremy Norton — July 3, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

    Berries are something everyone in the family enjoys. And it is not just delicious, but very healthy as well. I can’t wait to try this recipe. The photos itself looks really delicious.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — July 3, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

    What a lovely dessert! Your photos are so gorgeous!!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — July 4, 2013 @ 6:38 am

    Happy 4th of July. That tart is beautiful and I’m so glad you didn’t go all flag on us. :)

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    Paula — July 4, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    Blueberries are my favourite. This tart is fabulous looking. Happy Independence Day to you.

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    Mr. & Mrs. P — July 4, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Georgia.. What a festive tart!! Beautiful colors!!!

    Happy fourth of July!

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    foodfashionandflow — July 4, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    Simple perfection! This looks so yummy. I love making desserts with berries in the summer months. Great minds think alike. I made a berry dessert today:-)

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    marcie@flavorthemoments — July 4, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    The flag has been done so much, it doesn’t need to be done again. If the colors are there, along with deliciousness, that’s all you need. I can tell by looking at this tart that I would love it!

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    Rachel @ yourtablecloth.com — July 4, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! Have a Happy 4 July

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    Lynna — July 4, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

    This tart looks amazing!

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    Rosa — July 5, 2013 @ 1:52 am

    So pretty and tempting! A delightful tart.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Maria G. — July 5, 2013 @ 5:08 am

    I love raspberries, cranberries and all kinds of berries actually. It is true that there is really comfort in cooking. Every time I cook, I don’t feel hungry at all. It’s like my tummy is being comforted and satisfied already just by cooking. But I think it would be different if I whip this berry tart up. Yum! :)

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    easyfoodsmith — July 5, 2013 @ 6:21 am

    A very pretty and delicious looking tart there.

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    marla — July 5, 2013 @ 6:35 am

    Georgia ….this summer tart is beautiful! Hope you had an amazing 4th :)

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — July 5, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    Forget about Martha Stewart’s fashioned tarts. This is too delicious and cute, to boot!

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    Kathy — July 5, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    How beautiful and festive! I love finding new ways to serve berries!

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    CCU — July 5, 2013 @ 11:28 pm

    Your berry tart is utterly incredible :D
    Lovely and festive!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    kumar's kitchen — July 6, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

    perfect for 4th of July celebrations,light,refreshing and absolutely drool worthy!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 6, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

    I’m all about the no-fuss and I think this is just beautiful! What a perfect summer treat!

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    Alyssa — July 8, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    This looks incredible. I think I would try to get away with eating this for every meal if I made it!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 8, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    haha no Martha “perfectness” required, because this tart rocks my world! Looks awesome!

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    Tammy — July 16, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    Georgia, your presentations always leave me in awe. This tart is so beautiful…I don’t think Martha could have done it better…*gasp* yes, I said it. Your dessert is perfection. Dying to try this!

    Toodles,
    Tammy

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    Ashley — July 27, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    I could never pick just ONE favorite berry – they’re all so delicious. This tart is stunning!

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