Delicate cream cheese pastry, easy berry filling. Five ingredients.
These cream cheese tarts take me back to the Sixties, when my parents hosted bridge parties and the hostesses vied to outdo each other by making their specialties. I always loved it when it was my parents’ turn to host, as I thought these were the most elegant affairs. I loved to sit quietly and listen to the adult conversation, see the fancy treats and the gleaming coffee service, and sneak one of these cream cheese tarts off the engraved silver tray.
With only five ingredients, they’re also super easy. With Mother’s Day coming up, they remind me of my mom. Happy Mother’s Day Mom!
I recently made them for a benefit for The Sophia Leadership Camp for Girls. For that party I made mini-tartlets in several flavors. If you want to switch up the flavors, the original recipe simply calls for jam or marmalade to be spooned in as filling. I find them to be too sweet with real jam. I made loquat jam (recipe follows) to fill some (dark orange in the photo), used Trader Joe’s Superfruit Spread for some (dark purple). But the best were the mixed berry (bottom), using fresh fruit and just a small amount of that same fruit-only preserves for body. That’s what I describe in the recipe below.
My thanks to Shannon Hope Jones of Live By Hope Photography for allowing me to use her lovely photos for this post.
low-sodium, migraine, gluten-free, reduced-sugar, vegetarian diets
vegan, paleo, grain-free diets (Note: You could try using vegan margarine and vegan cream cheese. I haven’t tested that combination and can’t guarantee the results. Try a half recipe as a test.)
1 cup loquat fruit, peeled and seeded
1/2 cup filtered water
1/2 cup brown rice syrup, agave syrup, coconut syrup, or honey
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 tsp dried ginger
- Pulse all ingredients in a blender. You can blend until smooth or leave a little chunky, to your taste.
- Bring mixture to a boil in a small heavy saucepan.
- Turn down just until it’s barely bubbling.
- Cook up to 2 hours, checking every 15 minutes after one hour.
- When the mixture is not quite as thick as jam, remove from the stove and spoon into a clean, heat-proof glass jar to store. It will thicken as it cools.
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