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Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart Recipe

Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart Recipe

It's well worth the effort to whip up this creamy tart bursting with juicy berries. A friend gave me the recipe, and it always receives rave reviews at gatherings. —Susan Terzakis, Andover, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white baking chips, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries


  • 1. Preheat oven to 300°. Cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in flour (mixture will be crumbly). Pat onto a greased 12-in. pizza pan. Bake until lightly browned, 25-28 minutes. Cool.
  • 2. Beat melted chips and cream until smooth. Beat in cream cheese until smooth. Spread over crust. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine pineapple juice, granulated sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Cool.
  • 3. Arrange berries over cream cheese layer; brush with pineapple mixture. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 433 calories, 28g fat (17g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 268880
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2017

"Love the crust and glazed berries. I didn't care for the white chocolate in the cream cheese layer. Have made for picnics and makes nice presentation."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 268655
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2017

"This was amazing! I didn't glaze the berries - the tartness went well with the sweetness of the cream."

LindaS_WI User ID: 7202558 254479
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2016

"I have been making this fruit tart ever since it was first published in the 90s. It is one of my family's all-time favorites. I have used everything from strawberries & raspberries in the spring, peaches, plums & other stone fruits in the summer, apples & pears and fall and whatever looked good in the store in the winter. It's always been fantastic. It even worked well when I used dairy-free products when I needed to have a dessert for a lactose-intolerant guest."

cruisingail User ID: 1553892 249729
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2016

"I have a similar recipe that combines cream cheese with confectioners sugar so I thought I would try a different version. It was yummy and a nice contrast against the blueberry compote I made for the top (compote is combination of blueberries, water,sugar and constarch) I also outlined the blueberries with fresh strawberries !!!"

Catcando75 User ID: 6528452 249421
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2016

"I added 2 peeled & halved Kiwis for color, it was beautiful & delicious. I had to write down the recipe for 4 of my guests!"

diannevdv User ID: 7733207 228135
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

"Awesome! Nothing needs to be changed. Perfect the way it is. I served it to company with a dollop of homemade whipped cream. Everyone raved about it. It tastes like a tart you would buy in a fine bakery. I must admit I did add 1 tsp. of vanilla to the crust mixture but I like vanilla. It is definitely a special dessert!! I made it the same day. I cooled the crust briefly then stuck it in the freezer for about 10-15 min to cool down more. Set timer so you won't forget. Cooled down sauce the same way. I used fresh blueberries, raspberries, and sliced strawberries. I will increase the amount of each fruit next time. Yum!!!"

JMelissaMc User ID: 2865278 226607
Reviewed May. 19, 2015

"I have made this many times since it first appeared in 1996, and I arrange the fruit like they did in the magazine, not like photo above. It is always a hit - GREAT RECIPE!"

Hoagiemstr User ID: 3289667 10903
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"Went to a dessert party last night and brought this tart. It was the first time I had made it. Followed the recipe exactly, except added blackberries as well. I got compliments for how pretty the tart looked, but word spread fast that it was equally as good. It was the first to go. Thanks for the great recipe!"

clemson User ID: 2563091 18906
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"positively fantastic. Brought it to a 4th of July party and everyone was asking for the recipe!!! Wouldn't change a thing"

Lizvalinez User ID: 6807427 9915
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2013

"It was really easy to make. I made it for my family and everybody loved it. If you haven't tried a fruit tart like this I recommend you make one. It's simple and looks great when served."

tinliz_e User ID: 5769023 12434
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2011

"Soooo delish....takes forever to put together, but it was amazing!"

gregsgirl User ID: 1385421 3713
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2011

"Shortbread base covered with sweet creamy vanilla layer made with creamed cheese and white chocolate topped with fresh seasonal fruit. Not only is it delicious, it presents so beautifully. What's not to love. I began making it about 10 years ago and now my daughters make it for specail ocassions for their friends. Have fun and enjoy!"

LynnRosik User ID: 1055037 12316
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011 Edited Sep. 22, 2016

"*****? I have made this several times for functions. It is always the first dessert gone. I now used a larger pan and make 1 1/2 receipe. Now more people can enjoy this delicious dessert. Perfect for the 4th of July.? Five stars."

nande1104 User ID: 5928120 9899
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2011

"I had this recipe many years ago and lost it. I was glad to see I finally found it. It is a keeper, it is really worth making and is an instant crowd pleaser."

howdu User ID: 1170706 11327
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"This is one of my top recipes, and I have a lot! Like another reviewer, I have made this many times over the years. The very best is exactly as written. But it's also very good to sub store bought sugar cookie dough. Also can use any variety of fruit. And the glaze can be subbed with melted apple or other clear jelly. Fruit can be arranged as pictured, or just dumped on. But the one thing I never change is the filling. It makes the tart as far as I'm concerned. Also, the crust in the recipe is better than sugar cookie crust. Another tip: it's best eaten the day it's made, altho our family somehow manages to eat all the leftovers :)"

elendil User ID: 1434607 9214
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"this recipe is heaven! i have been making this for years, since it first came out in a taste of home magazine. i don't take the time to arrange the fruit as pretty as in the picture, and it's still a beautiful dessert. if you want to impress, take this to your next gathering and don't change a thing, it's perfect! you will be asked for the recipe, i always am."

sbjscallaway User ID: 4771459 9667
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2010

"This was easy to do then I first thought! Very good! Although I liked the crust, I think next time I will just a sugar cookie crust. But love the Cream Cheese layer! I will use that in several other recipes that call for a cream cheese layer! This was a winner!!!"

jjackett User ID: 5777289 10901
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2008 Edited Sep. 22, 2016

"After arranging the fruit on the tart, use the pineapple juice mixture as a glaze.? A small paintbrush, used only for food, works well."

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