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
36 honey graham crackers (about 9 sheets)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
4 teaspoons water
2/3 cup light cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
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.