June 23, 2009

Strawberry Almond Cream Tart

June 19 was Grumpy's and my 5th wedding anniversary. Yes, the day went right by us and neither of us even realized it. There is just so much happening that it is hard to remember everything!

Soon it will be my Nanny's birthday, my Aunt Marlene & Uncle Gary, then my Mom & Dad's anniversary...all at the end of this month. Then we will come to July 5th which is Justin & Kristina's 1st wedding anniversary and my Aunt Ann's birthday! Then, ten days later, my first born will be 24. We certainly have a lot to celebrate the end of June and first of July!

Since Grumpy and I have been good and haven't had dessert in the house for over a week (believe me, that is an accomplishment!) and since my mom gave me two quarts of strawberries from her berry patch over the weekend, I decided I had to so something with these berries so they didn't go to waist. Oops. I meant waste. ;-) So, off to Cooking Light again....

Sunday while we were driving to town to meet up with Grumpy's dad and step-mom for some boating I looked at my Best of Cooking Light cookbook. On the cover of this book was a photo of this Strawberry-Almond Cream Tart. Right then and there I knew what I was doing with those strawberries. I followed the recipe as written except I made the mistake of doubling the almond extract. No problem though, it still tasted absolutely delicious - so much so I would have liked to eaten two pieces tonight instead of one!

 
Strawberry-Almond Cream Tart 
WW Points: 6
 Crust:
36  honey graham crackers (about 9 sheets)
2  tablespoons  sugar
2  tablespoons  butter, melted
4  teaspoons  water
Cooking spray

Filling:
2/3  cup  light cream cheese
1/4  cup  sugar
1/2  teaspoon  vanilla extract
1/4  teaspoon  almond extract 

Topping:

6  cups  small fresh strawberries, divided
2/3  cup  sugar
1  tablespoon  cornstarch
1  tablespoon  fresh lemon juice
2  tablespoons  sliced almonds, toasted

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare crust, place crackers in a food processor; process until crumbly. Add 2 tablespoons sugar, butter, and water; pulse just until moist. Place mixture in a 9-inch round removable-bottom tart pan coated with cooking spray, pressing into bottom and up sides of pan to 3/4 inch. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack.

To prepare filling, combine cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, and extracts in a medium bowl; stir until smooth. Spread mixture evenly over bottom of tart shell.

To prepare topping, place 2 cups strawberries in food processor; process until pureed. Combine strawberry puree, 2/3 cup sugar, and cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; cook 1 minute. Remove glaze from heat, and cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

Combine 4 cups strawberries and juice; toss to coat. Arrange berries, bottoms up, in a circular pattern over filling. Spoon half of glaze evenly over berries (reserve remaining glaze for another use). Sprinkle nuts around edge. Cover and chill 3 hours.

51 comments:

Danielle said...

This looks amazingly delicious!!!!!!!!!!!

Maria said...

Happy Anniversary! We got married on June 14th, one year ago. Love June weddings:) Love your dessert, it is beyond gorgeous!

Carrie said...

Happy anniversary!

Happy cook said...

Congragulations on you wedding anniversery and wishing you the same bliss for many more years.
Love the tart , looks so so yumm.

Mary said...

happy Anniversary , your tart is so delicious!

Nanita said...

Божествено!Усещам аромата на тази тарта....вкусно!Поздравления!

Flourchild said...

Happy Anniversary! Your dessert looks to die for good!

haleysuzanne said...

Happy anniversary! And that tart - wow, it looks so good!

Barbara Bakes said...

This looks so delicious! Perfect for an anniversary!

Jessie said...

Happy Anniversary to you and grumpy!

that delicious strawberry tart is perfect for celebrating your anniversary :)

Donna-FFW said...

Happy Happy anniversary!! This looks amazingly delicious. I love the photos, I so want to try it.

Bellini Valli said...

This would have to be a favourite of mine Shelby. Looks at all of those juicy strawberries. Happy beleated anniversary as well:D

Leslie said...

Happy Anniversary and many more!!!!
Beautiful photos!

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

A Very Happy Anniversary! I love this tart with strawberry and almond! So yummy :)

Cheers,

Gera

Coleen's Recipes said...

What BEAUTIFUL photos!! Congrats on your 5th anniversary.

Mags said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Grumpy! And I could just take a nose dive into that tart... so delicious looking.

finsmom said...

Just look at those amazing strawberries! YUM!
Great photos!

tamilyn said...

Happy Anniversary! Those strawberries look phenom!

Frieda said...

Happy Anniversary! Your tart is a great way to celebrate!

Mrs. L said...

Happy Belated Anniversary! That tart looks insanely good!

Jennifer said...

Happy Anniversary!!! What a GREAT tart to celebrate!!!

carol-p said...

Congratulations. That tart looks like a celebration on a plate!

Helene said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!

What a beautiful dessert, I would love a piece.

Deborah said...

Happy anniversary! This looks like a great way to celebrate!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I'd eat that tart with triple the almond extract - or no almond extract. It looks gorgeous.

CookiePie said...

Ooooh - what a GORGEOUS tart! And happy anniversary!! Here's to many, many more!

Jamie said...

Happy Anniversary! What a dessert....it's like mountains of strawberries. It looks absolutely delicious!

tardevil said...

Happy belated anniversary, Shelby! Mine is on the 20th! The tart looks delicious! I wish you could send us samples! ;O)

Olga said...

No wedding photo? Here's to many more happy years!

kiss my spatula said...

awwh, happy anniversary! wishing you both many happy years to come!

Linda said...

Happy Anniversary to you & Grumpy!

Your photos are gorgeous. How lucky you are to have homegrown strawberries!

Creative One said...

A delicious looking dessert, love strawberries.
A Happy Anniversary to you and Grumpy!

Vickie LeBlanc said...

I am so making that pie. Happy Anniversary.

Cristine said...

Happy anniversary! Gorgeous tart!

Di said...

Wow, that's a gorgeous tart! Happy anniversary!

Ingrid said...

Gorgeous tart! Love how you ringed the tart with slivered almonds!

Happy belated anniversary!
~ingrid

Tangled Noodle said...

Happy, happy anniversary to you and Grumpy! Wishing you many more years of marital and culinary bliss! 8-D

Although you may have missed the actual day, this gorgeous tart more than makes up for it, I'm sure. With all the special events coming up, I can imagine what other wonderful treats might be in store. To get ahead of it all, I wish your family a bunch of Happy Anniversaries and Birthdays!

Patsyk said...

Happy Anniversary (a bit late!)... that tart looks GORGEOUS! I'd love a piece of it right now... and, being from CL I know I could make it work with my healthy eating attempts!

Lynda said...

Happy Anniversary! What a gorgeous looking tart- wish strawberry season wasn't over here, but guess I can still buy the ones in the store.

gail said...

Happy Anniversary!! Those strawberries look SO goooooooooooood.

JMom said...

Happy anniversary! You guys sure have a lot to celebrate in the next couple of months! This tart is great start. Now I wish I had some for dessert :)

Pamela said...

Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary!! Hope it was a wonderfully, happy day. The pictures of the tart are GORGEOUS. I have made this one and absolutely LOVED it.

pigpigscorner said...

COngrats! and such a wonderful treat!

Caitlin said...

Congratulations on your 5th anniversary! The tart looks gorgeous

Katy ~ said...

Happy anniversary, Dear One! Love prevails and endures. Best wishes for many more loving years!

The tart looks GORGEOUS!

Jason said...

Great looking tart! Nothing beats fresh strawberries!

Scott K said...

Happy anniversary. I count the day I married my beautiful bride (21 years ago) as one of the three greatest days in my life.

Barbara @ moderncomfortfood said...

Yum! My mom's "greatest hits" strawberry pie is similar to yours except in the calories department. Hers has tons, yours doesn't, and I'm definitely going to try your version. BTW, since your last post, I'm still trying to guess Grumpy's favorite fruit. Strawberries? Happy anniversary!

Amanda said...

That is so beautiful Shelby! Happy anniversary!

Megan said...

This looks like a great recipe to try. 6 points huh? Very doable!

Deeba PAB said...

Amazing Shelby, just too darned amazing. I love fruits in bakes, and would love to try this when strawberries are cheap and in abundance.

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