Strawberry-Almond Cream Tart

This is a delicious, fresh summertime dessert. You can make the filling and topping up to 3 days ahead. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble the tart.

Recipe adapted from the Best of Cooking Light

Crust:
36 honey graham crackers (9 sheets)
2 T sugar
2 T melted butter
4 tsp water
Filling:
8 oz light cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond
Topping:
6 cups small fresh strawberries, divided
2/3 cup sugar
1 T cornstarch
1 T fresh lemon juice
2 T sliced almonds, toasted (350 for about 8 minutes)

Preheat oven to 350.
To prepare crust, place crackers in food processor and process until crumbly. Add two tablespoons sugar, butter and water. Pulse just until moist. Place mixture in 9-inch round removable bottom tart pan coated with cooking spray (springform pan would work as well). Press into bottom and up sides of pan. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack.

To prepare filling, combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and almond. Stir until smooth. Spread over bottom of cooled tart shell.

To prepare topping, process 2 cups strawberries until pureed. Combine puree, 2/3 cup sugar, and cornstarch in saucepan over medium heat. Stirring with a whisk, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook one minute. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally (you will only use half of the topping on this tart...use the rest as a topping for pound cake or ice cream).

To assemble tart, combine 4 cups strawberries with lemon juice, toss to coat. Arrange whole berries, cut side down, in a circular pattern over filling. Spoon 1/2 of glaze evenly over berries. Sprinkle almonds around edge. Cover and chill for 3 hours.

11 comments:

Erin Gilbert said...

This is one of my favorite summer desserts. Very pretty and delicious.

Jess--Sugar High said...

Gorgeous! I love it :)


Jess
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Joanne said...

Moan. Strawberries and almonds are like a match made in heaven!

Cookie Sleuth said...

This looks great! I really like the idea for the strawberries. I typically use the gel from the store, and this is so much better!

Summer the krazy cake lady said...

Yum!

Baking Addict said...

This looks really delicious. Perfect for summer :)

Sippity Sup said...

What a beautiful creation. GREG

Jane said...

How lovely! Looks heavenly and delicious.

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The Brad Walton Family said...

Your "Srawberry-Almond Cream Tart" looks absolutely gorgeous. No person could resist this:) You are so talented!

Jane said...

This looks perfectly delicious! Can't wait to try it, thank you for the recipe.