Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Raspberry Lemon Cream Tart

I was in charge of making my mother in law a birthday cake. I know she doesn't really like typical cake, so I perused Pinterest and found this gem. It was outstanding. I really loved it. It feels like the perfect spring treat. It was also relatively easy to make. There isn't much to it. Win, win!

Raspberry Lemon Cream Tart

For the pastry: Flour, for the work surface
 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed in the refrigerator
1 large egg, beaten
2 teaspoons granulated sugar

For the filling:
 ½ cup heavy cream
 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
⅔ cup powdered sugar
zest of one small lemon
3 tablespoons lemon curd
2 half­pints of raspberries, or any other berry you choose
 Additional powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

 1. Preheat oven to 375.
 2. Cut a piece of parchment paper the size of a standard baking sheet or use a silicone baking mat. Place the parchment paper or mat on a flat surface and very lightly dust it with flour. On the floured surface, roll out the puff pastry into a 9x11 inch rectangle.
3. Carefully lift the parchment paper/mat, with the pastry on it, onto a baking sheet.
4. Using the tip of a sharp knife, score a one­inch border around the pastry, being careful not to cut all the way through. This outer edge will puff up and hold in your filling and toppings once the tart is assembled. Brush the border with beaten egg and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake for 13­15 minutes, until golden brown and puffed.
5. Remove the puff pastry from the oven and rescore the border of the puff pastry, being careful not to cut all the way through. Gently press down on the center of the pastry to flatten it slightly. Allow the border to remain thick and puffed up. Cool to room temperature.
6. For the filling: Beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form, set aside.
 7. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon zest and lemon curd until smooth and combined. Fold the whipped cream into the lemon mixture until combined. Be careful not to overmix it ­ you want the filling to maintain a light texture.
8. For assembly: Pour the lemon filling into the pastry shell using a butter knife to smooth the top. Top the tart with raspberries and dust with powdered sugar. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

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