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angel food cakes

angel food cakes
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

fruit tarts

every summer, my daughter asks me to make this fruit tart.  it has been one of her favorites over the years.  it is a very quick dessert, and can be made with a traditional pie crust, a graham cracker crust or with a chocolate cookie crumb crust that i used for the chocolate raspberry tart posted earlier on this blog.

any type of fruit can be used.  i have used raspberries and blackberries in this version.  in the past, i have used raspberries, strawberries, blueberries or kiwi.

after the crust is prepared, make the delicious filling.  start with an 8 ounce package of cream cheese that has been softened.  i use low fat cream cheese.  add 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon of frozen orange juice concentrate.  mix with a hand mixer until very smooth.  add 1/2 cup of whipping cream and incorporate into the cheese mixture. 

fold the filling in the crust.  chill the tart and serve.  if desired, a fruit glaze can be used over the added fruit.

to make the glaze:  use 2 tablespoons honey and 1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate.  mix and brush lightly over the fruit.

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