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Healthy Fresh Fruit and Cream Tart Recipe

This versatile tart recipe is the perfect light dessert.
Healthy Fresh Fruit and Cream Tart RecipeWaterbury Publications, Inc.

There’s nothing like finishing off a delicious spring meal with a fruit tart, is there? With all of those natural sugars in fruit, topped on a custard-like tart, it’s the perfect light dessert for a spring or summer evening.

The best thing about this fruit and cream tart is how versatile it is. There are numerous combinations you can try. Simply choose your favorite fruit and favorite extra crunch! We have five options for fruit toppers that come with the recipe already. However, you can make up your own fun and fruity combinations—the sky’s the limit with this fruit tart recipe!

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

Tart
2/3 cup finely crushed pretzels (2 ounces)
2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg white, slightly beaten
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 beaten egg yolks
Fruit Toppers (see below)

Fruit Toppers

Raspberry and Honey
2 cups fresh raspberries and 1 tablespoon honey

Nutrition: 253 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated), 284 mg sodium, 22 g sugar, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein

Kiwi and Almonds
5 peeled and sliced kiwi sprinkled with 2 tablespoons toasted slivered almonds

Nutrition: 268 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated), 285 mg sodium, 23 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein

Blueberry and Coconut
2 cups fresh blueberries and 2 tablespoons toasted unsweetened coconut chips

Nutrition: 255 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated), 288 mg sodium, 22 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein

Strawberry and Pistachio
2 cups quartered small strawberries and 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios

Nutrition: 251 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated), 284 mg sodium, 20 g sugar, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein

Pineapple and Lime
2 cups chopped fresh pineapple and 1 tablespoon lime zest

Nutrition: 248 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated), 284 mg sodium, 22 g sugar, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a medium bowl, combine crushed pretzels, graham crackers, and melted butter. Toss to combine butter. Stir in egg white. Press crumb mixture evenly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch fluted round or square tart pan with a removable bottom.
  2. Bake 10 minutes or until firm. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a 2-quart heavy saucepan, stir together cornstarch, sugar, and salt. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more.
  4. Gradually stir half of the hot mixture into beaten egg yolks. Return all of the egg yolk mixture to saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil; reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Pour into bowl. Cover surface with plastic wrap.
  5. Chill 1 to 4 hours before serving.
  6. To serve, spoon custard into baked tart shell; top with desired Fruit Toppers.

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