Irresistible Fruit Tart Recipe: A Delightful Dessert

Welcome to my fancy fruit tart recipe! This is a dessert fit for a queen – fancy, fresh and bursting with flavor. Whether you’re throwing a party or simply indulging yourself, this tart is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth without being too heavy.

Now, you might be wondering – why should I try this recipe? What makes it so special? Well, let me tell you. First of all, this fruit tart is filled with a smooth and creamy vanilla pastry cream that perfectly complements the sweetness of the fresh fruit on top. Trust me, you won’t be able to resist it!

But what really sets this recipe apart from other fruit tarts out there is the crust. Instead of using a classic French tart pastry or shortbread crust, I’ve opted for a higher ratio of pastry cream filling and a crispy shortbread-like crust. The result is a fancy French fruit tart that has just the right balance of textures and flavors.

And the best part? You can customize this tart with your favorite fruits! Whether you prefer blueberries, blackberries, mandarin oranges or kiwi fruits, there’s no wrong choice – as long as you use fresh, quality produce.

So go ahead and give this recipe a try – it’s sure to become your new go-to dessert for any occasion!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Fancy Fruit Tart
Fancy Fruit Tart

This Tart Recipe is a delicious and fancy way to show off your baking skills. Whether you’re looking to impress guests, treat yourself, or whip up a dessert for a special occasion, this tart is perfect for any occasion. The combination of fresh fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi fruits, mandarin oranges and blackberries makes it visually appealing and delightful on the palate.

What makes this recipe really stand out is the creamy filling made with cream cheese and pastry cream that adds a rich yet delicate flavor to it. With just the right amount of sweetness from the granulated sugar, this Fancy Fruit Tart is sure to become one of your favorite fruit desserts.

Not only does this recipe have a higher ratio of fruit to pastry crust than many other tart recipes out there, but it also uses a shortbread crust that is both buttery and crumbly. Additionally, the vanilla pastry cream filling complements the fresh fruit perfectly.

If you’re looking for a vegan or low-fat option, don’t worry—there are many variations available that can easily be adapted to suit any dietary preference.

Overall, the classic French fruit tart recipe is an impressive dessert that looks fancy but is actually simple to make if you follow the recipe correctly. Don’t be intimidated by its sophisticated appearance – anyone can make impressive French fruit tarts at home!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven on a plate.
A slice of heaven on a plate.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this fancy French fruit tart:

For the Tart Pastry:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons ice water

For the Vanilla Pastry Cream Filling:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the Fruit Topping:

Use a combination of your favorite fruits. Here are some suggestions:
– Blueberries
– Blackberries
– Mandarin oranges
– Kiwi fruits
– Fresh strawberries
– Raspberries

For the Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons water

Note: You can also use puff pastry or shortbread crust instead of tart pastry. Additionally, you can use low-fat cream cheese or vegan fruit custard as an alternative to the vanilla pastry cream filling.

The Recipe How-To

 Proof that fruits can make anything better.
Proof that fruits can make anything better.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to make a fancy fruit tart that looks as good as it tastes. This recipe can be made with your favorite fruits or whatever is in season, so feel free to mix and match!

Step 1: Make the Tart Pastry

First, make the pastry crust by combining 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a mixing bowl. Add 8 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, and work the mixture together until it forms pea-sized crumbs.

Add 2-3 tablespoons of ice water, one tablespoon at a time, and mix until the dough holds together. Flatten the dough into a disc and wrap it in plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and grease a tart pan. Roll the chilled dough into an 11-inch (28 cm) circle on a floured surface. Carefully transfer the dough to the pan, pressing it firmly against the bottom and sides.

Step 2: Blind Bake

Pierce the bottom of the crust several times with a fork, then line it with parchment paper and fill it with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the parchment paper and pie weights, and continue baking for another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 3: Prepare the Vanilla Pastry Cream Filling

Meanwhile, make the vanilla pastry cream filling by combining 1/2 cup granulated sugar with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and a pinch of salt in a saucepan. Whisk in 2 cups of milk until smooth.

Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened (about 5-7 minutes) just like chocolate pudding. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Step 4: Add Cream Cheese & Fresh Fruit

Next mix together softened cream cheese with piping hot vanilla pastry cream until well combined. Spread mixture evenly into cooled tart shell creating an even layer base for fresh fruit placement.

Now you can get creative – place your desired fruit decoratively over cream cheese mixture . It’s nice to use assorted fruits like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or kiwi . Finish off your masterpiece by brushing some apricot glaze over top berries.

Your fancy French fruit tart recipe is complete! Chill before slicing with sharp knife when ready to serve.

Substitutions and Variations

 A burst of flavors in every bite.
A burst of flavors in every bite.

The beauty of this fancy fruit tart recipe is you can easily swap out the fruit with your favorite seasonal offerings. Blueberries, blackberries, mandarin oranges, kiwi fruits, and raspberries all work perfectly in this recipe. Fresh strawberries always add a bold yet sweet flavor to the dish that makes it a go-to summer offering. The pastry cream filling allows for endless creativity when choosing fruits to mix in.

If you’re looking to make a low-fat version of this classic French fruit tart recipe, you can swap out the pastry cream filling with whipped cream or creme patissiere. Both options offer a lighter, less-rich flavor that’s perfect for those who prefer a less-sugary treat.

Those who love vegan desserts can also enjoy this fancy fruit tart recipe with just a few tweaks. Instead of using traditional butter based puff pastry or tart crust, consider using an alternative like shortbread crust or almond flour pie crust.

One variation to try is making mini fruit tarts instead of one larger tart. Use a muffin tin instead of a tart pan and fill each one with different fruits that complement each other well; mixed berry tartlets or mini fruit tarts featuring mandarin oranges and kiwi are both great options!

No matter which substitutions and variations you choose to experiment with, remember that the beauty of this recipe is in its versatility! Don’t be afraid to get creative and see what new favorite fruit combinations you come up with.

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect summer indulgence.
The perfect summer indulgence.

Once you’ve made this fancy fruit tart recipe, you’ll want to make sure it’s served and paired perfectly. Let me guide you through the process.

Since this tart is loaded with fresh fruit, it pairs perfectly with a wide range of drinks. Whether you’re planning a brunch or dinner party, you can’t go wrong with serving this tart with a glass of mimosas or sangria. A chilled glass of white wine or champagne will also complement the tart’s sweetness.

As for serving, there are several ways to make your fruit tart look even more appetizing. You could top your fruit tart with whipped cream or a dusting of powdered sugar. You might try piling on fresh berries in the center of the tart, or arranging sliced kiwi and mandarin oranges in a floral design.

Since this is a fancy french fruit tart, it’s an excellent dessert choice for special occasions or intimate gatherings. Serve each guest a slice of your homemade fruit tart on individual plates garnished with mint leaves and a touch of lemon zest for added flavor.

Whether you’re serving one large fruit tart or several mini fruit tarts, be sure to enjoy them while they’re fresh. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days maximum.

I hope these tips help you enjoy your fancy french fruit tart to the fullest!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A work of art, almost too pretty to eat.
A work of art, almost too pretty to eat.

When it comes to make-ahead options for the Fancy Fruit Tart Recipe, there is some good news and some bad news. The good news is that you can prepare many components of this tart in advance, which means less time spent in the kitchen on the day of serving. However, when it comes to storing the finished tart, things get a bit tricky.

If you want to prepare the pastry crust and pastry cream ahead of time, you can refrigerate them separately for up to 2 days before assembly. You can even lay out slices of your favorite fruits on top of the pastry cream a few hours before serving for an impressive presentation.

But once the fruit tart is fully assembled, it’s best to serve it as soon as possible. Due to its fresh fruit topping, this tart does not hold up particularly well over time. If you must store leftovers, cover it loosely with plastic wrap and keep it chilled in the refrigerator for no more than 1-2 days.

Reheating a cold fruit tart won’t be necessary, but if you find that it’s too chilly from being refrigerated, let it sit out at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes before serving. At Preppy Kitchen we recommend serving room temperature pies and tarts!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Fruity, juicy, and oh-so-delicious!
Fruity, juicy, and oh-so-delicious!

Creating a perfect fruit tart that not only looks amazing but tastes even better can be challenging. With the right recipe, ingredients and baking techniques, it’s possible to make the perfect fancy fruit tart.

From my years of experience working as a professional baker, I have gathered some tips and recommendations that can help you achieve fantastic results every time you attempt to bake a fruit tart. Here are some of my best tips for making the perfect fancy fruit tart:

1. Use Seasonal Fruits

Selecting fresh seasonal fruits is an important aspect when making fruit tarts. Seasonal fruits not only taste better, but they are more abundant, less expensive and are more likely to be in peak condition. By using seasonal fruits, your fancy fruit tart will have richer colors and flavors, resulting in a tastier and visually appealing dessert.

2. Use a Shortbread Crust or Puff Pastry

The base of your fruit tart composition is crucial to achieving a perfect taste and texture. A shortbread crust or puff pastry is the ideal foundation for any fruit tart pastry because they are light, buttery, flaky and perfectly crispy, holding up well against the moisture that comes from the cream filling and fresh fruits.

3. Pre-Bake Your Tart Crust

Pre-baking your tart crust helps it hold its shape when you add the cream filling and fresh fruits. This prevents the crust from getting soggy due to excess moisture from the filling or fruits. Pre-baking also adds an extra layer of crunch and texture to your fruity masterpiece.

4. Don’t Overfill Your Tart with Cream Filling

Over-filling your tart can result in messy overflow during baking, which can spoil the golden brown color of your pastry crust or lead to uncooked cream filling inside the pastry. Ensure you have just enough cream filling in relation to the size of your crust so that it’s adequately filled without causing any spills.

5. Brush with Apricot Glaze

Brushing apricot glaze on top of fresh raw fruits on your tarts will give them an attractive shine/ coating as well as helping them last longer without discoloration (oxidizing). Apricot glaze also prolongs their freshness by acting as a barrier against air exposure.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create stunning fancy fruit tarts that people will not only admire but find irresistible at first bite!


As you embark on your journey to make the perfect fruit tart, it’s likely you’ll encounter some questions and uncertainties along the way. Not to worry – in this section, I’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions on this recipe to help guide you towards a successful outcome. Read on for answers and tips that will get you through any snag you may encounter!

What is fruit tart filling made of?

The traditional choice for the filling of a fruit tart is a decadent pastry cream, also called creme patissiere. This luscious custard is created by combining milk, eggs, sugar, flour, and cornstarch, and cooking the mixture slowly on the stovetop with the addition of vanilla extract.

What’s the difference between fruit flan and fruit tart?

When it comes to custard desserts with a pastry crust, the tart and the flan may seem similar at first glance. However, there are notable distinctions between the two desserts. A tart usually has a tangier, more sour flavor profile, while a flan tends to be sweeter. Additionally, the filling in a tart takes up a higher proportion of the dessert compared to the pastry crust, whereas a flan has a higher ratio of egg to cream in its filling.

How do you keep fruit tarts from getting soggy?

To keep the tart base from getting too moist, it would be wise to apply a combination of white chocolate and cocoa butter to it before introducing the filling, according to Marc Ducobu’s recommendations. The application of this mixture will ensure that the base stays intact and doesn’t turn out soggy.

What is the most popular tart?

The following are some popular sweet pastry dishes from various countries around the world: a meringue tart from France, Tarte Normande from Normandy, Pastafrola from Argentina, Bakewell Tart from the United Kingdom, Butter Tarts from Canada, Crostata from Italy, Pastiera from Naples, Italy, and Egg Tart from Guangdong, China.

Bottom Line

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In summary, this Fancy Fruit Tart Recipe is a quintessential addition to any baker’s collection of tart recipes. It features a crisp and buttery shortbread crust filled with creamy vanilla pastry cream and fresh summer fruits like kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, mandarins, blackberries, and raspberries. It’s versatile, delicious, and looks every bit as fancy as it tastes.

So go ahead and try this recipe out! Whether you’re an experienced baker or just starting in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow and yields great results every time. With substitutions and variations aplenty, it’s perfect for experimenting with your favorite fruits or trying new combinations. And last but not least, impress your friends and family with a fancy French fruit tart that looks like it was made by a professional bakery. Trust me; they won’t be able to resist!

Fancy Fruit Tart

Fancy Fruit Tart Recipe

I think this might have been a Pampered Chef recipe, but not sure. It uses refrigerated sugar cookie dough for the crust, so its nice and easy.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Dessert, Fruit, Tarts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Calories: 144.9kcal


  • 1 (18 ounce) package refrigerated slicable cookie dough
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3/4 cup fresh strawberries, halved or 3/4 cup raspberries
  • 2 kiwi fruits, peeled and sliced
  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup blueberries or 1/2 cup blackberry
  • 1/2 cup apply jelly


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Press cookie dough in an ungreased 11" x 15" jellyroll pan or 12" pizza pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes.
  • Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  • Carefully remove cookie crust from pan with a metal spatula, and transfer to a serving platter if desired.
  • Beat cream cheese at medium speed of an electric beater until creamy.
  • Gradually add sugar and orange juice, beating well.
  • Spread mixture evenly over prepared crust.
  • Cover and chill 30 minutes.
  • Arrange fruit on top of cream cheese mixture.
  • Heat jelly in a small saucepan over low heat until melted.
  • Brush fruit with jelly.
  • Cut tart into square to serve.

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Serving: 92g | Calories: 144.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.7g | Protein: 1.9g | Fat: 6.8g | Saturated Fat: 4.2g | Cholesterol: 20.8mg | Sodium: 61.2mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 15.6g

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