This is one of my go-to desserts. Easy to prepare and pretty to present. And what better to gift friends who help me every day with my family caregiving!
I often use nectarines because they are reliably sweet and smooth. While I love peaches, at times they can be mealy or never ripen properly. I have used many other fruits and berries for results that are equally delish! Try a circular design or one in rows, as you can see in the photos.
Drizzling jam on top gives an extra sweet taste that also adds prettiness. I used red raspberry jam here—try marmalade for a slightly tarter flavor. These tarts freeze well if you want to make 2 or more at a time.
For the upcoming 4th of July, try strawberries or raspberries with blueberries and a dollop of whipped cream for a tasty and patriotic dessert.
Recipe is below.
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But Jes doesn’t think of herself as normal because of her birth, her adoption, her family’s frequent moves and her origins. What I love about author C.C. Bolick, is that I didn't guess Jes' secret! No spoilers here! You’ll have to read Leftover Girl for all the answers.
Nectarine-Strawberry Tart with Raspberry Drizzle
Yield: 9-12 portions, depending on portion size
1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed in refrigerator for 2 hours
4 medium to large nectarines
3 large strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon corn starch
3-4 tablespoons Red Raspberry Jam, melted for drizzle
1 egg plus 1 teaspoon for egg wash, optional
Slice the nectarines into thin even slices. If the nectarines are small, use an extra one or two.
Mix sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch in a good size bowl. Add nectarines and gently toss to cover. Set aside.
Roll out puff pastry to a square that is about-----“. With a pizza cuter or sharp knife, cut a line about 1/2” around the edges. Arrange the nectarines attractively on the pastry. Slice the strawberries in half arrange in the middle.
If using the egg wash, beat egg and add 1 teaspoon water. Brush onto the pastry’s edges.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the crust is golden and the fruit is easily pierced with a fork.
While still warm, drizzle jam over fruit and brush to make it even. You can warm the jam on the stove top or in the microwave. Cool briefly before serving.
Tip: When freezing, place whole tart on a parchment lined cookie sheet and freeze unwrapped for 1 hour. Remove from freezer and wrap in parchment paper or plastic wrap and then aluminum foil Be sure to label. If you have a few pieces left over, freeze the pieces on a parchment lined cookie sheet for 1 hour and then wrap individually in plastic wrap for ease of serving when you defrost. Perfect for a snack for one person!
Vegan: Omit egg wash
Other fruit: Add 4 cups chopped apples, peaches, plums all work well with this tart or the same amount of berries. Use one fruit at a time or a mixture.
Reduce the sugar: Use a sugar substitute for the sugar in the recipe, following the package instruction for substitution measurements. Use a sugar free jam for the drizzle.
Nutmeg: Add a sprinkle of nutmeg over the fruit before you bake for a wonderful flavor.