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AIMEE'S FRUIT TART

This couldn't be easier, and it is such a beautiful dessert to share with your family/friends.  You could spend an awful lot of money at a bakery for this, and you can make it for much, much less!  The crust is an old, Southern favorite, and you need a tart pan for this, for presentation!  

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened, not melted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

If you have a food processor, combine butter, powdered sugar and flour and process until ingredients come together to form a ball.  Remove and press into a tart pan (12 inches), pressing against the bottom as well as up the sides.  If you do not have a food processor, you can blend these ingredients with your hands until well-incorporated.  Bake at 350 for about 13 to 15 minutes.  Set aside to cool.
 

Filling:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • zest of one orange

Beat cream cheese, sugar and orange zest.  Spread on top of cooled crust.
 

Topping:

  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi, sliced
  • Peaches, peeled and sliced
  • Raspberries
  • 3 Tablespoons Orange Marmalade, melted

On the outside circle of the tart, place the sliced strawberries in a circle on the outer layer of the tart.  Next, sprinkle blueberries on the next "circle layer" and filling in any gaps.  Third layer, place sliced kiwi in a circle, again filling in any gaps with the blueberries.  Close to the center, group the sliced peaches close together in a circular formation, then pile the raspberries in the very center.  If you see any "gaps" where filling is showing, just use the blueberries and/or raspberries to fill that space.  Take about 2 large Tablespoons of orange marmalade and melt it in a microwavable bowl for about 15 seconds.  Using a pastry brush, brush the top of the fruit tart with the melted orange marmalade.   This makes the tart shiny and beautiful!  Slice as you would a slice of pizza or a pie, and enjoy!