21 May 2009

Strawberries and Cream Cheese Tart

Strawberries and Cream Cheese Tart

May 22 is the Blogiversary of I'll Eat You. This site, which is the creation of Lauren along with her husband Paul, is turning one!!! For her Blogiversary she has chosen to host a virtual Bake Sale. Let's share our favorite desserts and hopefully raise some money for charity along the way.

Lauren has chosen The World Food Program, which runs international anti-hunger campaigns as her charity of choice. There is still a day to submit your favourite bake sale item. You don't have to worry about the practicalities of transporting it and making the portions small because it is a virtual bake sale. Post about your recipe and this event on your blog. All of the monies raised will be collected by Firstgiving for her at this link. Next ask all of your readers (or family, friends, co-workers, dogwalker) to donate, and mention your blog or recipe. Vote by May 22!!!!

As Lauren says, "Let's see what we can do together!"

For Lauren's Bake Sale I decided upon my infamous strawberry tart. You can't go wrong with chocolate and strawberries in a shortbread-like crust.

**Strawberries and Cream Cheese Tart**

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter
1/4 cup ice water

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and salt. Rub in the butter with your fingertips (I am all about the food processor..so pulse) until the mixture is crumbly and resembles wet sand. Stir in water, adding an additional tablespoon if necessary, until dough starts to come together and clumps easily.

Press dough into a disc and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper and press into a 9 or 10-inch round tart pan with a removable bottom. Pastry will be a bit thinner with a 10-inch pan.
Place tart pan on baking sheet and place a piece of aluminum foil on top of pastry. Fill foil with pie weights (or uncooked beans/lentils) and bake for 12 minutes at 350F.

Remove foil and weights and continue baking for 25 - 30 minutes, until golden brown. (May need an extra minute if using a 10-inch pan).

Cool completely.


Approximately 6-oz dark chocolate (I used milk chocolate)
8 -oz cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup powdered icing sugar
2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream or 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 tablespoons milk
Approximately 2 pints fresh strawberries, sliced

Melt 4 ounces chocolate in a double boiler of in a small microwaveable bowl. Pour into crust. Spread evenly to coat the bottom with a thin layer of chocolate.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until cool and firm.

Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and Bailey's in a large bowl until smooth. Pour into cooled crust.

Top cream cheese filling with sliced berries (or other fruit). Melt remaining chocolate and drizzle over the berries.

Refrigerate tart for at least 30 minutes, or until ready to serve.

Serves 10

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  1. Now that's what I'm talkin' about...deeeelicious.

  2. Oh yumm! what a delightful tart!



  3. You can't go wrong with chocolate and strawberries in a shortbread-like crust.
    You sure can't with this one - that is gorgeous!!

  4. Indeed...I'll eat that! Strawberries are just about ready over here!

  5. This looks WAY too good, Val! It's not even 9am and already I need a tart.

  6. Gorgeous, delicious tart there! We like the addition of Bailey's. Nice touch!

  7. That is one gorgeous creation there Valli! :)

  8. My family would love this tart. Chocolate with cream cheese & strawberries, what a good mix. Can't wait to find good strawberries in town. :)

  9. Great dessert Val. Love the addition of Baileys! Spring is such an exciting time for cooks and bakers.

  10. That is a special tart. My eyes bugged out when I saw that combination of cream cheese and irsh cream. I want a piece now!

  11. I don't see how you could go wrong:
    Strawberries + cream cheese = delicious

    Strawberries + chocolate = delicious

  12. ugh, yours looks DELICIOUS!

  13. I clearly have not made enough strawberry desserts this year. This looks wonderful!

  14. I like what I see! I'm also very happy to see that $120 has already been raised through this event.

  15. i've never been able to keep away from fresh strawberries when they are int eh house, which is why i never have enough for a strawberry tart or a pavlova. now that we have an abundant supply in the garden,i just might find the time to make this!

  16. note to self: buy strawberries. immediately. a tart is the perfect dessert for strawberries--it really shows off their beauty!

  17. Looks awesome Val......

  18. I'll take a slice, please!!

  19. I have seen so many strawberries at the Santa Monica market this morning ... oh, I can feel the smooth taste of your tart.

  20. you indeed cannot go wrong with chocolate and strawberries! add a flaky tart shell and you've got guaranteed perfection and sure sell-outs and bake sells ;)

  21. Strawberries + chocolate + cream cheese = Dessert nirvana! Just gorgeous Val!


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