In the summer, when all of the best fruits are at the peak of their season, it is the ideal time to make a fresh fruit tart. This recipe is super versatile, because the best fruit to use is the ripest, sweetest fruit you have on hand. You can use peaches, plums, strawberries, apricots, grapes, whatever your favorite is. While traditionally a tart would be open faced, this one has a sort of a crumble on top. In my opinion, it just makes the tart that much more delicious. No jams, creams, glazes, etc., just fresh fruit and pastry goodness. Beautiful dessert, and also a tasty breakfast pastry if there is any leftover. While those who are super ambitious may choose to make there own puff pastry, I always use the frozen ready made puff pastry, and I find the results to be great, and the convenience can't be beat. This dessert is the ideal ending to a summer barbecue meal.
1 ready to bake puff pastry sheet, thawed at room temperature for about 40 minutes.
approx. 1 - 1 1/2 lb. of your favorite fresh fruit, cut into uniform size pieces
4 oz. butter (at room temperature)
4 oz. sugar
4 oz. flour
pinch of salt
Roll out the pastry dough when it is thawed, and spread it over a round tart pan. (Mine is about 11 inches in diameter, and the bottom comes out.) Completely cover the bottom of the pan with fresh fruit. Next make the crumble. In a mixing bowl, blend together the flour, sugar, butter, and pinch of salt until it becomes uniform and smooth like a dough. Crumble it in chunks over the top of the fruit. Bake the tart in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for approximately 45 minutes. Let cool before serving, I prefer it best at room temperature. Be sure to refrigerate any leftovers promptly. Enjoy!