Thursday, April 12, 2012

Kiwi Blueberry Cream Cheese Tart

I have been collecting blueberry recipes for several years, and this is a new one that I have added to my collection. The tart is made with cream cheese then topped with fresh fruit, so it makes a beautiful presentation. The original recipe comes from the King Arthur catalog, but it was also posted by Mags at The Other Side of Fifty. I have made a few slight adaptations of my own.







Kiwi Blueberry Cream Cheese Tart

Crust
1 refrigerated pie crust (or you can make your own)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll the refrigerated pie dough out and place in a 9-inch tart pan. Press the dough firmly up the sides. Prick the crust with a fork, then bake for 15 - 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Filling
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup cream or half & half
1/4 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia or the zest of one medium orange or lemon (I used 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon orange extract)

Beat the cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer until well blended. Scrape down the beaters and the sides of the bowl, then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Beat in the cream and the Fiori di Sicilia. Pour filling into baked crust. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F, and bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until tart is nearly set in the middle. Remove the tart from the oven and allow to cool at room temperature for several hours. Just before serving add topping.

Topping
2 peeled, sliced kiwi fruits (I used 3 kiwis)
1 pint blueberries
3 tablespoons apricot preserves
1 - 2 tablespoons hot water

Arrange fruit on top of tart. Thin apricot preserves with water, then brush lightly over fruit before serving.


Prepare the crust for baking in the tart pan by pressing the dough up the sides of the pan. This is the first time that I have ever bought one of these refrigerated pie crusts for a recipe, I typically make my own. It was very handy.


Pour the filling into the baked crust, then bake for 20 - 25 minutes.



For the topping you need blueberries and kiwis.



You also need apricot preserves.



Has anyone besides me ever had any trouble peeling a kiwi? I finally learned how to peel one properly. You need a paring knife and large sized spoon like a soup spoon.



First cut each end off the kiwi (about 1/2 inch).



Then insert the spoon just under the skin. Push the spoon all the way around the fruit under the skin.



The peel will be loosened and slip right off with no waste of fruit.



Then it will be ready to slice.



Add the kiwis and blueberries to the cooled tart and brush lightly with the thinned apricot preserves.




This tart is similar to my Fruit Pizza, but that recipe is made with a sugar cookie crust, so it is sweeter. If you're a fan of fresh fruit I think you'll love this tart.





33 comments:

  1. Very pretty! The colors are perfect for springtime.

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  2. look beutiful! I love the mix of blueberries and kiwis!

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  3. When I read the title my first thought was "this sounds like it could be pretty", and it is! Great tip about peeling the kiwi:@)

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  4. Oh how beautiful! I love fruit tarts! I can't wait for the summer when there are lots of fresh fruits at the farmers' markets so I can make some!

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  5. Wow! Great way to remove the kiwi . The blueberries and kiwi are so pretty ..

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  6. This looks really good. I bet it would be great with a variety of different fruits. I'd love it if you stopped by my april link party to share this. http://acraftycook.blogspot.com/2012/04/1-month-of-fun-april-link-party-and.html

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  7. What I great combo. I love both fruits but had never put them together. It looks like a refreshing delicious dessert. Beautiful!

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  8. What a beautiful presentation, Anita! I love the ble and green color and flavor combo. You share the BEST recipes! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. I love it and want to have right now.. so colorful and inviting :)

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  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and thanks for teaching me how to peel a kiwi!

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  13. Spring is here by the looks of this pie. It's pretty. thank you for sharing

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  14. That tart looks amazing and yummy! I never heard of the Fiori stuff but I may have to order some of that. The King Arthur site had all kinds of goodies on it!
    I, obviously never knew how to peel a kiwi. I just pared it like an apple or a peach. Your method is slick! Thank you, Anita! Oh, plus, I never knew I could use just plain pie crust in my tart pan. I thought it had to be a special crust. No wonder I don't make tarts very often! LOL!

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  15. Very pretty desert. When my kids were growning up, kiwi was the first thing they would ask for. This is the first time I have seen it used in a tart. Great job!

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  16. What a beautiful tart! Love the colors and the cream cheese filling! Delicious! Thanks for the hint on how to peel a kiwi! I've never seen that before but it obviously works.

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  17. Looks SO GOOD.. stoping by via melt in your mouth monday... Love all your steps.

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  18. This looks divine! I love blueberries and kiwi. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  19. Boy does that ever look good - so fresh light and colorful!

    And I never knew there was a special way to peel kiwi - thanks for that awesome tip!!!!

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  20. That is a great tip on how to peel a kiwi! I will definitely do it that way from now on. I love your recipe too-thanks so much for sharing it.

    I am currently hosting my weekly Say G'Day linky party and I would be thrilled if you could pop by and link up this delicious post!

    Best wishes for a lovely week,
    Natasha in Oz

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  21. This looks amazing! And I love the kiwi tip, I've never used a spoon to cut it up before.

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  22. Anita, your tart looks really tasty, but special thanks for the tip about peeling the kiwi. I don't eat kiwi much, but when I do, I basically just cut it in a big block to avoid having to actually peel it. Next time I'll know to try your tip to save the extra fruit. Thanks so much for sharing with all of us at Your Cozy Home Party!

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  23. This looks very yummy! I can easily make a gluten free base for this and then put in the yummy filling and toppings!

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  24. This is a very beautiful tart and very unique!
    I don't think I've ever tasted kiwi tart, now I'm curious :)

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  25. Looks yummy. Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Round UP.
    Rose

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  26. That looks delicious! Thank you for sharing how to peel a kiwi - I had never quite figured out how, myself. :)

    Visiting from the Your Cozy Home Party. :)

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  27. My goodness that looks delicious! My husband loves blueberries and kiwis. I'd love to make this. Thank you for sharing!

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  28. Anita, I love this tart! The colors are so vibrant!! Thank you for linking to Foodie Friday!! xo, Becky

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  29. Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time!

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  30. I love the colors!! Visiting from the Cozy Home Party!

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