Fruit Tart w/ Fresh Figs and Mango

Yesterday was our friend Anthony’s birthday. He suggested a fruit tart in lieu of a cake – I was on it! I found gorgeous, green figs in the market, a mango that was perfectly ripe, and strawberries and blueberries – the last vestiges of summer. The combo of fruit, the sweetened cream cheese, and the melted chocolate brushed on the tart shell, made for a tasty tart. Happy birthday, Tony!

The crust:

  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup ice water

The filling:

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

The fruit

  • 1 pint of fresh figs, halved
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and sliced
  • sliced strawberries
  • handful of blueberries
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, salt, and butter.  Pulse until crumbly, then add the ice water. Flatten dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350º, on a floured surface, roll out dough, and ease into a 9″ tart pan. Prick the bottom with a fork and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until pale gold. Let cool.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each addition, until smooth. With a pastry brush, brush a thin layer of chocolate on the bottom of the crust. This helps to keep the crust from getting soggy. Refrigerate for 15 minutes until chocolate hardens.
  4. Place cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in the food processor, mix until  smooth. Spread filling into tart shell, top with fruit. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

 

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1 Response to Fruit Tart w/ Fresh Figs and Mango

  1. OldNFO says:

    Purty! And edible!!!

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