But sometimes you need to have a dessert for that barbecue/party and you want it to be special. You could go the ice pop/ice cream route - definitely easy and no turning on the oven. Unfortunately that is not me. If there are to be adults at a party I want to give them a real dessert. One of my favorites is a fruit tart. The only baking required is the shortbread shell- 25 minutes in the oven and it's done!
After that all you have to do is add the filing- cream cheese and fruit.
Easy Fruit Tart
1/2 cup confectioner sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened and cut into cubes
1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
zest of one orange
Strawberries, blueberries, etc. – whatever you like
2 to 3 TBLS. Apricot jam/preserves
Preheat oven to 350.
Place all crust ingredients in a food processor and pulse until dough forms a ball. Remove and place in a tart pan, pressing against bottom and sides. Prick with a fork and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly browned. Cool.
Make Filling by beating softened cream cheese with sugar, vanilla and orange zest until smooth. Spread onto cooled crust.
Top with fruit.
Heat apricot jam and spread on top of fruit as a glaze.
Chill before serving.
Note: you can substitute instant vanilla pudding for the filling. Prepare according to package directions and just add the orange zest.