Mascarpone Fruit Tart with Mixed Berries
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 6 servings
 
This fruit tart is filled with mascarpone cheese that's whipped up with cream cheese and heavy cream and topped with mixed berries.
Ingredients
Pate Sucree
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp superfine sugar
  • ¼ tsp table salt
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream, plus 1 more if needed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Mascarpone Filling
  • 6 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 oz heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp orange zest
Fruit Topping
  • 2 cups berries, mixed blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries
  • ⅓ cup apricot jelly
  • 1-2 tsp water
Directions
  1. This recipe makes 1 9-inch tart or 6 3.5-inch mini tarts.
  2. For the pate sucree, add flour, sugar, and salt to a food processor. If you have a pastry blade, use it. (Note: If you use the metal blade, it will mix together quicker than the times I'm giving. I like the pastry blade since it's gentle.) Give the dry ingredients a whirr to blend them. Add the butter. Pulse for 10-12 one second pulses, or until the butter is cut it with no large chunks remaining. Add the egg yolk, heavy cream, and vanilla. Blend for 30 seconds. The dough should begin to ball up and come together. If it still looks dry, add one more tablespoon of cream and pulse a few times to mix it in.
  3. Once the dough has begun to come together, transfer the dough to a bowl and use your hands to shape it into one disc for a 9-inch tart or 6 discs for mini tarts. Cover the disc with plastic wrap and let chill for 1-2 hours, or up to 3 days. If chilling more than 1 hour, let the dough warm up a little and become pliable before rolling.
  4. Before rolling out the dough, butter each of the tart shells. If needed, cut out parchment rounds for the bottom. Dust the dough with flour and roll out the dough to fit the tart shells. Once the dough is in the shell, use the rolling pin over the top the tart pan to neatly cut the edges. Press holes into the tart dough all over the surface with a fork. Freeze the dough in the tart pans for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350F. If making mini tarts you can put them directly into the oven as is. If making a 9-inch tart, line the tart dough with foil and fill with pie weights. For mini tarts, bake for 15 minutes. For a 9-inch tart, bake for 10 minutes with the pie weights and then remove them and bake for 7-8 minutes more. Let cool to room temperature. When ready to fill, remove the tart shells from the pans.
  6. For the filling: With a hand mixer, whip together the mascarpone cheese, cream cheese, and maple syrup. Set aside. In a new bowl, whip the heavy cream until you have soft peaks, about 1 minute. Once you see trails in the cream as you are whipping, start checking to cream to see if has soft peaks yet.
  7. Fold in half of the whipped cream into the cheese mixture, folding until mostly combined. Then add the rest of the cream along with the vanilla and orange zest. Fold in until fully combined.
  8. Don't put the cheese filling into the tart shell until shortly before serving. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. The filling can be made the night before. Just give it a stir before using.
  9. For the topping: When ready to serve, fill the shell with the cheese and smooth it out. Top with berries. Heat the apricot jelly with 1 teaspoon of water until the jelly becomes liquid and starts to bubble. Then either strain the jelly into a bowl (if you don't want the bits of apricot in your tart), or use it directly from the pot. Either way, brush it over the berries with a pastry brush. You don't need to get every berry completely covered, but make sure you get a good coating over the berries.
Notes
To make superfine sugar from granulated sugar, put the sugar in the blender and puree for about 30 seconds. I used coconut sugar and blended it to superfine sugar. If you use coconut sugar, be advised that since it's not refined you will get a lot more dust when blending it. Open the blender in a well ventilated area to allow the dust to dissipate and avoid breathing it in.

I butter both nonstick and regular metal tart pans. It only takes a moment and reduces the stress of getting the tart shell out.

If you fill the tarts too far ahead of time, the shells will become soft and crumbly. To prevent that, you can brush the shells along the bottom and up the sides with melted white chocolate to make a barrier.
Recipe by Just a Little Bit of Bacon at http://www.justalittlebitofbacon.com/mascarpone-fruit-tart-with-mixed-berries/