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.

Comments

  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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 :)

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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!

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