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A quick and easy fruit tart recipe combines the great taste of your favorite fruit varieties atop a rich creamy custard filling served in a tart shell and is a mouthwatering eye catching dessert that's heavenly to the senses.  When making a fresh fruit tart, the fun is in the preparation - which can take less than an hour but to your guests it seems as if you spent all day. Read on for tips on how to make the best version of whichever fruit tart recipe that you choose! 

How to Make Fresh Fruit Tarts the Easy Way

Start With Your Favorite Fruit

The best part of making a fruit tart is choosing an exciting combination of fruit flavors. Especially when using seasonal fruit and year round fruit.  Choose from among your favorite fruits such as cherries, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi and raspberries.  Many others will also suffice.  Just about any fruit can be used to create a great fresh fruit tart dessert everyone can appreciate.  The key is to use a "fruit fresh" product to keep the fruit looking it's best and avoid browning.  Fresh summer fruit tarts are especially pleasing to  kids.  They are colorful, cool and reasonably sweet.

Make a Great Tart Shell

The crisp flakey tart shell requires the most preparation time.  Creating a light flakey or deep crisp tart shell is where creativity is the key component. Most tart shells are sprayed or glazed with a sweet apricot glaze, or chocolate can also be used to keep the shell firm and bursting with flavor. And since the fruit tart shells can be created in small single serving sizes, this makes whipping up a individual fruit tart dessert a surprisingly easy treat, especially if it's topped with their favorite fruit.

Add A Cream Filling

The creamy custard-style filling is what creates the sweet richness of the fruit tart.  Most cream fillings are made from scratch; many gourmet chefs use lemon curd, Devonshire cream and/or cream cheese. This is what gives the fruit tart a mixture of sweet and sour flavors that wakes up the flavor of fresh fruit and marries it perfectly with the flakey tart shell.  Using traditional French fruit tart custard filling recipes requires flavorful liqueurs, vanilla and sometimes coffee. Fruit slices can be added to give the fruit tart that special gourmet flair.

Plan Ahead

All fruit tart recipes require the preparation of making the tart shells and the creamy custard filling at least two hours before serving. Fresh fruit can also be cleaned and pre-sliced hours before dessert and chilled, and keeping the cream filling in a separate bowl from the fruit while refrigerating is the best way to keep the fruit tarts tasting fresh and keep everything  from getting soggy. Then all you have to do is assemble your tarts for a fabulously impressive dessert that everyone will enjoy! 

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