Sunday, August 7, 2011



Noun: An imagined place or state of things in which fruit is perfect.

Summer fruit is in abundance in produce aisles and farmers' markets across the country.  Peaches, plums, apricots, berries--it's all ripe for the picking!


I wanted to make a beautiful dessert to showcase some of the fruits of summer and went directly to Queen (Paula) Deen, Southern cook extraordinaire.

In my experience, most Southern women are excellent cooks.  But Paula's piercing blue eyes, sparkling personality, and lilting Southern drawl elevates everything she makes to show-stopping!

This recipe is from with a couple of adaptations from me in parentheses.  One thing I love about cooking is that you can tweak recipes to make them your own.  I kept the basic formula the same but did just a few things differently based on personal tastes and what I had on hand.

Paula Deen's Fresh Fruit Tart
(click here to print)


  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened and sliced


  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (I used confectioners' sugar to reduce any grittiness)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I also added 1/8 tsp. orange oil - you could use orange zest, too)


  • Fresh strawberries, kiwi slices, blueberries, raspberries


  • 1 (6-ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed (I used what I had: pink lemonade)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (I used lemon juice)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Whipped cream, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the crust: In a food processor, combine the confectioners' sugar, flour, and butter, and process until the mixture forms a ball.

With your fingers, press the dough into a 12-inch tart pan with a removable bottom, taking care to push the crust into the indentations in the sides. Pat until the crust is even.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until very lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

For the filling and topping: Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Spread over the cooled crust. Cut the strawberries into 1/4-inch slices and arrange around the edge of the crust. For the next circle, use kiwi slices. Add another circle of strawberries, filling in any spaces with blueberries. Cluster the raspberries in the center of the tart.  (I ordered the fruit a little differently but used the same ones Paula did.)

For the glaze: Combine the limeade, cornstarch, lime juice, and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until clear and thick, about 2 minutes. ( I did this in the microwave and cooked for about 2 minutes on High power.)  Let cool.

With a pastry brush, glaze the entire tart. You will not use all of the glaze.  (I think you could halve the glaze recipe because there was a lot left over.)

 Keep the tart in the refrigerator. Remove about 15 minutes before serving. Slice into 8 wedges and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

It was perfect for a hot summer night and magic, too, because--poof!--it disappeared in a flash!

Linking to:

 Countdown to 2011 with Finding Joy in My Kitchen


Martha said...

delicious and beautiful!!

Red Couch Recipes said...

Oh my, this looks so beautiful. The glaze sounds so delicious too. Joni

LrSchwtz said...

This looks so yummy! I am so excited to try this. Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

teri@thefreshmancook said...

So gorgeous, and delicious looking. I could eat the whole thing. I found your post on Recipe Sharing Monday. Thanks!

laurie said...

wow what beautiful looks worthy to serve the queen {Paula} herself!!! (I'm a huge Paula fan}

I be it tastes as good as it looks!

carolinaheartstrings said...

You can never go wrong with anything from Paula. This tart looks delicious. Come over and visit us. We have some great Southern recipes this week.

Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart said...

I love your photo!
And this crust sounds great. Thanks so much for linking up to "Made it on Monday"!

Maria said...

That looks great! So pretty with how all the fruit is arranged!

Ali said...

Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. I hope to see you back tomorrow :)

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

THANK YOU so much for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I'd like to invite you back this week.
I hope to see you again!