berry tart
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Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 8
  • Crust
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Cream Cheese Pastry Cream
  • 1¼ cups whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • ½ vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened and cut into cubes
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Mixed Berry Topping
  • 1¾ cup Blackberries
  • 1¾cup Raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Powdered Sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the dough hook attachment, stir on medium speed, slowly adding the dry ingredients. Add water and continue to stir until dough forms.
  3. Gather the dough and place into a 9" tart pan with a removable bottom. With your fingers, press the dough into the tart pan, making sure to push the crust into the indentations in the sides.Cover the tart with parchment paper and baking beans and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the baking beans and parchment from the tart shell and brush with the egg wash. Bake the tart shell for an additional 10 minutes. Let cool.
  4. Pastry Cream: combine 1 cup milk, 3 tablespoons sugar and vanilla bean, if using, in a medium saucepan. Bring just to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat. In a medium bowl, whisk yolks, cornstarch and remaining 3 tablespoons sugar together. Add remaining ¼ cup cold milk and whisk until smooth. Add ¼ cup hot milk mixture to egg mixture while whisking continually. Add another ¼ cup, then add egg and milk mixture back to remaining hot milk in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat, add cream cheese and ½ teaspoon vanilla (1 teaspoon total if not using vanilla bean) and whisk until smooth. Strain into a bowl and cover the surface directly with plastic to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate.
  5. Berry Topping: gently toss together berries. Remove ½ cup of the berries and set aside remaining berries. Place sugar and ½ cup berries in a small nonreactive saucepan and cook over low heat. Add 1 teaspoon water to cornstarch and stir until smooth. Add cornstarch mixture to berries and sugar stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil and thickens slightly. Remove from heat and cool completely. Pour cooked mixture into remaining whole berries and gently combine.
  6. Assembly
  7. Whisk pastry cream until smooth and spoon into tart shells. Smooth surface and top with berries. Dust very lightly with powdered sugar. Serve immediately after assembling.
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