Summer has finally arrived, and not a minute too soon for us here at Lake Appliance Repair! There are a myriad of reasons why we love this time of year. Whether it’s the warm climate, late sunny evenings, or simply an excuse to dust off your shorts, tank tops, and sandals for a relaxing day at the lake, summertime goes hand-in-hand with fun and good times. And nothing compliments this season better than a delicious summer dessert recipe. In the interest of keeping it simple, let’s try one of my all-time favorite low fat, low-calorie summer desserts, blueberry tart. This recipe will serve up to eight, and takes just under an hour to complete, with about 15 minutes of hand-on time.
- Flour for the work surface
- 1 8-ounce sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- Heat your oven to 375° F. On a lightly floured surface, unfold the sheet of pastry and roll it into a 10-by-12-inch rectangle. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Using the tip of a knife, score a 1-inch border around the pastry without cutting all the way through. Brush the border with the egg and sprinkle with the granulated sugar. Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden and puffed.
- Using the tip of a knife, rescore the border of the cooked pastry, again without cutting all the way through. Gently press down on the center of the pastry sheet to flatten it. Let it cool to room temperature, about 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until its smooth. Then add the cream, lemon zest, and 2 tablespoons of the confectioners’ sugar, and beat again until smooth. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly within the borders of the pastry.
- Arrange the blueberries in a single layer over the filling, and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of confectioners’ sugar.
Some people prefer to use a bit more sugar or lemon zest for an extra kick, and you can also substitute other types of berries like raspberries or blackberries if they’re more to your taste. You can even use a combination of strawberries and blueberries for a fun red, white, and blue theme on holidays like the Fourth of July. No matter what variation or twist you decide to go with, this dessert is guaranteed to please even the most discerning eaters and picky children, and without packing on the pounds either. Keep an eye on our Lake Appliance Repair blog page for more delicious summer recipes to come!