Strawberry Almond Cream Tart

 

Strawberry Almond Cream Tart / Patty's FoodI could make a Strawberry Almond Cream Tart every week during strawberry season-that’s how much I like this recipe from Cooking Light’s Way to Bake cook book.  Score-I love it when I find a favorite recipe!  This strawberry tart with a graham cracker crust has it all going on-it’s fresh, fruity, light and sweet -also very popular at my Mother’s Day pool party.  I don’t think we’ve ever had a big party on Mother’s Day, anyway the afternoon went by in a blur with kids in the pool, lots of food, drink, conversation and good times going on by all in our back yard.  That morning I made 2 of these exact same strawberry tarts for the party and everybody liked them but the day went so fast for me that I neglected to take any photos which as you can imagine is a big no-no for any self respecting food blogger, like myself.  So, as soon as possible I made another Strawberry Almond Cream Tart for my blog, which didn’t hurt my feelings one bit because I not so secretly wanted another piece as did my grandsons who enjoyed slices for an after school treat at grandma’s house.  Now is the time to make a dessert with strawberries or just plain eat strawberries while they are ripe, plentiful and lower priced in the markets.  We all know this so I hope you will host a party this holiday weekend and serve a beautiful homemade dessert with loads of big luscious strawberries for all to enjoy, doesn’t that sound like fun?Strawberry Almond Cream Tart / Patty's Food Speaking of fun-The winner of last week’s Hamilton Beach set of mixers Giveaway is Deb from East of Eden Cooking, whom I will be contacting by email.  That was kind of cool, I liked the giveaway-may have to figure out how to make that happen more often on my blog.

Thanks from me and Hamilton Beach to everybody who participated in the giveaway by leaving comments on my blog!

Strawberry Almond Cream Tart

Yield: 10 slices

Adapted from Cooking Light 'Way to Bake'.

Ingredients

  • Crust
  • 1 package (9 sheets) honey-flavored graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 teaspoons water
  • baking spray
  • filling
  • 2/3 cup or 5 ounces 1/3 less-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • topping
  • 6 cups medium strawberries, hulled and divided (2 cups for topping/glaze and 4 cups left whole for topping)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Spray bottom of a 9" metal removable bottom tart pan
  3. prepare the crust
  4. Place the graham crackers in a food processor and process until crumbly.
  5. Add the sugar, melted butter and water, pulse until combined and moist.
  6. Place the graham cracker in the prepared 9" tart pan, pressing into bottom and sides (about 3/4 of the way up) of pan.
  7. Bake at 350F for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. Cool completely on a metal rack.
  9. prepare the filling
  10. Combine the cream cheese, sugar and extracts in a medium bowl, spread the cream cheese mixture over the cooled graham cracker crust.
  11. prepare the topping
  12. Place 2 cups of the strawberries in the food processor and process until smooth, scraping down once or twice.
  13. Combine the strawberry purée, sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan and over a medium heat bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  14. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 1 minute.
  15. Remove topping/glaze mixture from heat, cool to room temperature.
  16. Combine remaining 4 cups of strawberries, lemon juice and a few spoonfuls of glaze/topping in a medium bowl.
  17. Arrange the 4 cups of whole strawberries in a circular pattern on top of the cream cheese filling.
  18. Spoon the topping/glaze around the berries, filling in the edges.
  19. Sprinkle the toasted almonds over the edges.
  20. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.
  21. Slice and serve.
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  1. What a gorgeous tart, Patty! This is perfect for the holiday weekend!

  2. I want to crawl into the screen and grab the whole tart! Happy weekend, Patty! I may have to try this one, you made it look so nice! And I love almond!

  3. That is absolutely gorgeous. Looks like it’s time to go picking! :)

  4. cookingmommy says:

    This is an absolutely beautiful Strawberry tart recipe, I am going to make this for the kids tomorrow morning. I love the way you made these, a very beautiful arrangement. I am also going to serve this to our dieting group on memorial day Monday, the berries cause weight loss.

    http://recipetoloseweight.blogspot.com/2014/04/lose-weight-with-strawberries-how-one.html

  5. That’s a beautiful dessert! I can see why you made it again so quickly (photographs aside). I planted some strawberry plants this year and hope to have a bit of a harvest this year, but I’m also looking forward to the local berries showing up in stores in a few weeks, too. I might have to try this recipe!

  6. This is such a stunner, Patty. I can see why this recipe is a keeper! I must try it, it will be perfect for Memorial Day. So glad you had a lovely Mother’s Day with the family, Patty! xo

  7. Patty, I have to take this recipe to try very soon. This tart looks stunning!! Have a great weekend!

  8. I can easily understand making the lush Strawberry Almond Cream Tart three times, what a gorgeous dessert. I have decadent thoughts of having a slice for breakfast….if there are any leftovers! So excited to be chosen the winner of the Hamilton Beach mixers. They will be put to good use!

  9. Wow. Beautiful Patty! Please feel free to make one for me anytime!

  10. That is one beautiful tart. I’d be happy to make seconds too!
    Enjoy those lovely grandchildren of yours!

  11. What a simply perfect treat for the long holiday weekend! Hubby and I just did a 4 mile walk and how I would love to have a bite of this divine tart right now. Hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!

  12. What a beautiful tart. The strawberry filling looks heavenly. I’m salivating just looking at this photo. Nice recipe. I’ll have to save this to try another day.

  13. Patti, this is gorgeous. I can see why you could eat this every day!

  14. cristina says:

    Now that’s a beautiful dessert, Patty! Dangerous thing is, is that I know I could just finish that myself in one sitting and not feel the least bit guilty about it. Love the almonds around the edges and those strawberries…so vibrant. A must try recipe for sure. Hope you’re enjoying the holiday weekend :)

  15. Cream cheese filling with quality berries as the topping…Patty, this is one glorious tart!

  16. I never seem to find the time to take pictures when I’m entertaining either! I’m glad you made another tart for us to drool over – it looks like a winner!

  17. Beautiful! The tart looks so lush and fresh.

  18. Absolutely gorgeous!

  19. So gorgeous Patty. Those berries are drool-worthy and they contrast so nicely with those crunchy almond slivers. Thank you for sharing!

  20. This is a simply gorgeous and delicious looking tart!

  21. This is so pretty. I love the almonds sprinkled around the edge.

  22. Not that I needed an excuse to get more strawberries, but this sounds perfect. I’m drawn to easier recipes, right now, besides I need the extra energy for important stuff like doing nothing. Hope you are enjoying your summer so far. Miss ya.
    -Gina-

  23. Oh, my. This is one spectacular dessert!!! I have a book club gathering coming up…and this strawberry beauty just made the shortlist of desserts to bring :) Hope you’re having a terrific summer!

  24. Thought of you today when were were watching the 49er’s and the Chargers!! xo

  25. I could happy eat one of these every week – it looks gorgeous!

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