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Easy summer food: Fruit tarte

Homemade fruit tartes
Homemade fruit tartes
Photo By: Caren Martinez

One of the best seasons for eating has rolled its way into Denver once again--Summer. Although summer had a bit of an apocalyptic introduction in the Mile High, nonetheless we've keep cool and roll with punches, Colorado.

Summer time calls for many things one of which are farmer's markets with available plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables.What do the summer berries of raspberries, strawberries blue berries and even mandarins have in common? They all come together on a simple but elegant summer fruit tarte. This dessert may be small but their colors are bold; innocent but intriguing. They merry well together with sweet marscapone , an Italian desert cream cheese and peach preserve glaze. These are sure to keep your guest walking back to the refreshment table for more. Keep your friends and family guessing for your secret, but if you're kind enough why not share the love? One of the best summer memories you can have it sharing a meal in good company.

Bon appétit !

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Dining Table
Dining Table Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

Dining Table

Table setting is key to hosting a desert table.  Find something that is esthetically pleasing to the eye but does not take away from what is being displayed. Play around with texture and color. Here are some examples of food  & color theory 

Color Theory

 

 

Ingredients
Ingredients Miles Willis

Ingredients

Cream Cheese Topping 

  • 2,  8 oz .  packages of Greek style cream cheese OR Marscapone 
  • Powdered Sugar - I would recommend 1/2 cup to taste , add as little much as you want 
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream - this gives the cream cheese more light whipped texture and lightens the sweetness of the sugar
  • 1 Tbsp of Lemon juice
  • 2 packages of pre-made sugar cookies or you can buy frozen cookies and bake them 

Fruit Toppings

Recommend using seasonal fruits like:  blueberries , strawberries , blackberries, blueberries. kiwis, cherris

Optional: chocolate bits , mandarin oranges , walnuts,  sliced almonds, shredded coconut 

Glaze

This is optional . To get the glazed look you have seen on most normal fruit tartes , you need Apricot preserve and water . Mix the jam and water until it's a watered down consistency. Use a spoon or pastry brush to brush or spoon a light layer of glaze over the cookies. 

Directions
Directions Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Directions

Directions :
1. In a bowl combine the cream cheese softened at room temperature and sour cream with the lemon juice on high with a hand mixer or any other mixed you have on hand
2.Slowly incorporate the powered sugar . You can add more sugar and sour cream at your taste . Your mix should have a thick , creamy whipped consistancy.
3. Arrange your cookies on a sheet and spread an even mixture of the cream cheese on the cookies . If you are feeling extra DIY you can pipe the mixture in ziplock bag , cut the corner of the bag and voila ! You've made yourself a piping bag .

4. Cut your fruit into small bits enough whee you can fit 1-3 variety of fruits on the cookies

5. Add your fruit to the cookies
6. Optional , spoon the glaze over the cookies
7.. Refrigerate until ready to serve

Tips :
**Don't make the mistake of adding all the ingredients at once or you will make a giant blob of cream cheese that will get stuck in the whisks
**Apples/ pears or any startchy fruits don't work well with this dish

Finished Product
Finished Product Photo by: Caren Martinez

Finished Product

Enjoy your homemade Fruit Tartes. Buying fruits in season means your getting the best tasting fruit when it's at its peak. Cooking doesn't have to take much time or effort. Incorporating many items that you already have in your kitchen can help bring this simple dish to life. If you have any creations of your own, share the recipe in the comments section of this article.