I first made this tart in Hawaii because I had all of this beautiful fruit and wanted to make a fabulous creation. One home we lived in had mango trees right on the base and anyone was free to pick them. It’s funny, in Georgia we picked peaches and in Hawaii we picked mangos. (I do have the most amazing recipe for peach cobbler I will share later.)
This recipe is essentially Paula Dean’s. I just tweaked it a little. I prefer almond extract to vanilla in the filling and I also add it to the crust. This little change, wow, it’s amazing. I also don’t bother to make the glaze. It’s not necessary in my opinion, and frankly saves a little time.
When making this tart, you can use pretty much any fruit you fancy. Use your artistic expression to design how you want your tart to look. I usually create a more rustic looking design.
A couple of things before you get started..You must have a tart pan with a removable bottom. I have a glass bottom one that works perfectly. Try TJMAXX or Tuesday Morning if you don’t want to pay full price elsewhere. Also, you really do need a food processor for the crust.
½ cup powdered sugar
1-½ cups flour
1-½ sticks real unsalted butter
1 tsp. real almond extract
Place above ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the dough forms a ball or is completely blended
Spray a tart pan with removable bottom with Pam
Add dough to pan and press evenly up sides and on bottom
Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 min or until slightly browned
1 package cream cheese
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
Mix with electric mixer until smooth
Top cooled crust with filling
Starting from the outside, arrange fruit around your tart and work your way to the middle.
Cover with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated until serving. Remember to pop the bottom off and place on a pedestal or plate for a pretty presentation.
I made this tart last night and my husband said to me this morning... “Thank you so much for making that tart last night, I know it’s so hot in that kitchen.” He then added I should probably make another since we have so much fruit.
Way to a man’s heart!