Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Peaches & Cream Tart

This is by far my favorite Summer Dessert!
We are about a month behind on the harvesting schedule here
so right now I have raspberries coming out of my ears.
This sweet treat was perfect for some of them!

This recipe is from Better Homes & Gardens:
9 soft coconut macaroon cookies (half of a 13 3/4-ounce package)
1 cup ground pecans (4 ounces)*
3 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons dark rum or orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 to 4 medium peaches, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced (1-1/2 to 2 cups)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1/4 cup apricot preserves
2 teaspoons honey

1. For crust, crumble macaroons (you should have about 2 cups). In a large mixing bowl stir together macaroon crumbs, pecans, and margarine or butter. Press mixture onto bottom and up sides of an 11-inch tart pan with a removable bottom or into a 12-inch pizza pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven until golden, allowing 15 to 18 minutes for the tart pan or 12 to 15 minutes for the pizza pan. Cool on a wire rack.

2. For filling, chill a small mixing bowl and beaters of an electric mixer. In the chilled bowl beat whipping cream with a mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add rum or orange juice, vanilla, and almond extract; beat until smooth. Gently fold in whipped cream. Turn mixture into cooled crust; spread evenly. Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 4 hours.

3. Before serving, toss peach slices with lemon juice. Arrange peaches and raspberries over filling. For glaze, in a small saucepan combine preserves and honey; heat and stir just until melted. Strain glaze, if desired, or snip any large pieces of fruit. Carefully brush or spoon the glaze over the fruit. If using tart pan, gently remove sides; transfer the tart to a serving platter. Cut into wedges to serve. Makes 10 to 12 servings.
*Note: To grind pecans, process or blend the nuts, 1/2 cup at a time, in your food processor or blender. Cover and process or blend until very finely chopped. Be careful not to over process or the nuts will form a paste.

So Yummy and So Easy!
I actually like to just chop my pecans so they are a little chunky and for average size peaches
I usually can only fit about 2 of them on there.
This also cooks fine in a pie pan if you don't have a tart or pizza pan.

1 comment:

autumn said...

yum!! if it tastes even half as good as it looks, it will be fabulous!

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