Berry Tart with Lemon Cookie Crust

Fourth of July is coming quickly and I always associate this summer holiday with barbecues and a fresh berry treat. This summer berry tart is perfect for the holiday. It carries all the patriotic colors and it’s fresh, cool, and delicious.

I’ve switched it up by using a Meyer lemon cookie crust. You can get some at on Amazon – I got mine at CostcoBut even a graham cracker or Nilla wafer crust will do. I think the lemon cookie crust adds a bit more sunshine to this summer dessert.

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Summer Berry Cream Tart

Summer tart that highlights berries with a cool cream filling and a lemon crisp crust
Cook Time30 mins
Cooling time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: berry tart, blueberries, cream tart, fruit tart, lemon crust, lemon tart, lemon zest, tart
Servings: 8

Equipment

  • tart pan or spring-form pan

Ingredients

Crust

Pastry Cream Filling

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 pod vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tbsp butter cut in cubes
  • 16 oz raspberries
  • 8 oz blueberries
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

Crust

  • In a food processor, pulse the cookies until course. If you don't have a food processor, place cookies in a large ziploc bag and smash with a heavy pan then place in a large bowl.
  • Add sugar and melted butter and pulse until the ingredients come together to look like wet sand. If using Ziploc, mix crust ingredients in the large bowl.
  • Pour the crust into a spring-form pan or a tart pan and flatten out. Bring the crust up the wall of the pan halfway if you're using a spring-form pan, all the way up if using a tart pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 mins. Cool in room temperature once it's finished.

Filling

  • Cut the vanilla bean in half length-wise. Scrape out the glorious caviar inside each half of the bean.
  • In a medium saucepan slowly heat the milk, vanilla bean, and sugar under low heat. Go ahead and throw in the empty vanilla pods in there too to get all the vanilla flavor out of the bean. Constantly stir the milk making sure it does not burn at the bottom. Once milk burns you have to start fresh, and that's just a waste of vanilla beans! Do not let the milk boil. Turn it off once you begin to see little bubbles forming around the edges. Take out the vanilla pods. Turn off heat from pan.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, crack the eggs and whisk. Whisk in the salt and cornstarch. Temper the egg mixture. Meaning, pour about 1/3 of the warm milk into the eggs and stir. Then pour the egg mixture into the saucepan back with the milk. This prevents the eggs from getting shocked by the heat and scrambling. Turn the low heat back on. Now we want to slowly simmer this custard so the cornstarch activates and can thicken the mixture. Again constantly stir and keep an eye on the simmer.
  • Once it comes to a simmer and begins to thicken you can turn it off and pour it in a mixing bowl as it will continue to cook. Take a tablespoon of butter and whisk it in until it melts. Repeat until you do all 4 tablespoons of butter. Place plastic wrap directly on top of the custard to prevent a film from forming and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • After everything has cooled, it's time to assemble! Pour the chilled custard into the tart crust. Spread out evenly with a spatula. Place fresh raspberries one at a time on top of the custard covering the entire surface. Sprinkle blueberries in the gaps. Zest a lemon over the entire tart. This is where I would tell you to chill the tart for another couple hours before cutting into it but I didn't becuase I don't have strong will power. So I'll let you decide.

Notes

Chill tart for 2 hours before slicing into.
Keeps in the fridge for 2 days.

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