Fruit Tart Tips
What is a tart?
Unlike pies, tarts are typically made in shallower pans with a crust that is "shorter," or more crumbly when cut into. Tarts are also usually freestanding or made in tart pans with removable sides. A tart can be pretty much any flavor, from a dark chocolate tart
to lemon tart
to a creamy vanilla fruit tart like this one.
What fruits can you use on a fruit tart?
The beauty of this fruit tart recipe is that you can use nearly any fruit. Berries, stone fruits
and tropical fruits like mango all work very well to top a tart. The only fruits you should really steer clear of are ones that brown when they are sliced, like apples, bananas and pears. These will still taste fine, but they won't look as appealing.
How do you make a tart without a tart pan?
This particular fruit tart recipe calls for a flat pizza pan, but if you don't have that, you can shape the tart into a rectangle and bake on a cookie sheet. For other tart recipes
, try using a springform pan or pie plate
if you don't have a tart pan. Keep in mind that if you use a pie plate that is glass or ceramic, you may need to adjust your baking time, since traditional tart pans are metal. To remove the tart more easily from a pie pan, line with a square of parchment first, making sure the edges extend past the sides so you can smoothly lift the tart out after baking. You can also use a regular, parchment-lined cake pan.
How do you keep fruit tarts from getting soggy?
Most fruit tarts are best eaten on the day they are made to avoid sogginess. However, if you plan on keeping your fruit tart longer than a day, consider coating the crust with a thin layer of melted chocolate prior to filling. White, semisweet, milk or dark chocolate will all work nicely. Not only does melted chocolate coat the crust and keep it from absorbing moisture, but it also adds an additional "surprise" element of flavor!
How long does a fruit tart last in the fridge?
Fresh fruit tarts really last only 1 to 2 days in the fridge, loosely covered with plastic wrap. It's best eaten sooner rather than later! If you want to prep this fruit tart ahead of time, make the filling and crust in advance and assemble on the day that you're serving it.—Mark Neufang, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
, and Lisa Kaminski, Taste of Home Editor
1 piece: 433 calories, 28g fat (17g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.