Blueberry Liberty Tart

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The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays.  To me, the day symbolizes the epitome of summer.  Between the watermelon slices, beach time, barbecues, and fireworks, I could not make up a more perfect holiday.  Especially now that I have kids, I love spending the day with friends and family, and creating summertime memories.  I love the Americana charm and patriotic colors that the day brings.  I created the Blueberry Liberty Tart to celebrate all things Fourth of July.

This tart is loved by all (the kids go crazy for the stars!), but my favorite thing about this tart is that it can just as easily be served for brunch as it can for dessert.  The tart may look like a light dessert, but there is a hearty layer of farmer cheese (ricotta style cheese common in Russian cuisine) below the bountiful blueberry topping.  The protein-rich layer makes this a perfect brunch dish, which for me is usually the first meal of the day on a typical Fourth of July weekend anyway.

The truth is that the method of preparing this tart is my usual approach to making a tart worthy of a brunch.  The blueberries can be substituted with any other berry and the stars can be optional or replaced with any other shapes.  {A raspberry and heart version may be in order for the next Valentine’s Day!}

It all starts with adorable star cookie cutters…

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Baking with the stars… :-)

Both of my kids loved making the stars for the top of the tart. We even made some extra from the leftover dough in different sizes to bake separately.

Ingredients:

2 pie crusts (I used store bought, make sure they are rolled out)

3 cups of fresh blueberries (may substitute defrosted frozen blueberries)

1/2 cup farmer cheese (ricotta cheese works equally well)

1 egg

2 tablespoons sugar (I use organic raw sugar)

cooking spray for greasing

 

Special Equipment:

Star cookie cutters

Tart pan with removable bottom (helps to serve the tart without breaking the beautiful shell)

 

Step 1: Prepare the stars for the top of the tart.  Use a cookie cutter of choice to cut out about 14 – 2″ stars out of one of the pie crusts and place them on a greased pan.  Bake at 300 degrees for about 5 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool for about 20 minutes.  {Note: Because the stars are so small, they may burn very quickly.  It is better to par bake them and remove them from the oven early since they will continue to bake on the cookie sheet.  This will prevent them from burning and turning brown.}

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We chose the smallest 2″ size stars for the top of the tart.  We made about 20 in case some didn’t turn out perfectly.

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Step 2: Prepare the pie crust.  While the stars are baking, place the second pie crust into the tart pan.  Gently press all areas of the dough to the pan.  With a fork, gently puncture the top of the dough all around the pan.  This will prevent air bubbles, which can cause the dough to bake unevenly, from being trapped in the dough.

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Step 3: Combine the farmer cheese, a tablespoon of sugar, and the egg in a bowl and mix well.  Then spread the mixture in an even a 1/2 inch layer over the bottom of the dough.

Blueberry Liberty Tart (www.myfancynest.com)Step 4: Evenly distribute the blueberries over the top of layer of farmer cheese to cover the cheese completely.  Do not worry about putting in too many blueberries, since they will bake down.  Sprinkle the blueberries with 1/4 teaspoon of flour and 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Place into the oven that is already preheated to 350 degrees.  Bake for 20-30 minutes, checking the tart regularly.  It is ready when all of the blueberries have turned a deep dark blue color and all the sugar has baked into blueberries.  Remove and allow the tart to cool completely on a cooling rack.

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Step 5: Finally, place the baked stars evenly on top of the tart and serve.

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Blueberry Liberty Tart

I love serving this tart on a red and white striped napkin to emphasize the patriotic feel of the tart.  Enjoy!

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xx

Lisa

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Blueberry Liberty Tart

Blueberry Liberty Tart

Ingredients

  • 2 pie crusts (I used store bought, make sure they are rolled out)
  • 3 cups of fresh blueberries (may substitute defrosted frozen blueberries)
  • 1/2 cup farmer cheese (ricotta cheese works equally well)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (I use organic raw sugar)
  • cooking spray for greasing
  • ***
  • Special Equipment:
  • Star cookie cutters
  • Tart pan with removable bottom (helps to serve the tart without breaking the beautiful shell)

Method

  1. Step 1: Prepare the stars for the top of the tart. Use a cookie cutter of choice to cut out about 14 – 2? stars out of one of the pie crusts and place them on a greased pan. Bake at 300 degrees for about 5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for about 20 minutes. {Note: Because the stars are so small, they may burn very quickly. It is better to par bake them and remove them from the oven early since they will continue to bake on the cookie sheet. This will prevent them from burning and turning brown.}
  2. Step 2: Prepare the pie crust. While the stars are baking, place the second pie crust into the tart pan. Gently press all areas of the dough to the pan. With a fork, gently puncture the top of the dough all around the pan. This will prevent air bubbles, which can cause the dough to bake unevenly, from being trapped in the dough.
  3. Step 3: Combine the farmer cheese, a tablespoon of sugar, and the egg in a bowl and mix well. Then spread the mixture in an even a 1/2 inch layer over the bottom of the dough.
  4. Step 4: Evenly distribute the blueberries over the top of layer of farmer cheese to cover the cheese completely. Do not worry about putting in too many blueberries, since they will bake down. Sprinkle the blueberries with 1/4 teaspoon of flour and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Place into the oven that is already preheated to 350 degrees. Bake for 20-30 minutes, checking the tart regularly. It is ready when all of the blueberries have turned a deep dark blue color and all the sugar has baked into blueberries. Remove and allow the tart to cool completely on a cooling rack.
  5. Step 5: Finally, place the baked stars evenly on top of the tart and serve.
  6. I love serving this tart on a red and white striped napkin to emphasize the patriotic feel of the tart. Enjoy!
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