It has been a few weeks since New Year’s, and by now you are probably missing dessert. You don’t want to break your resolution and eat cookies, cake, or ice cream, but you have been wanting something sweet. How about my quick and easy fruit tart? With my fruit tart you can still make dinner, and in a few minutes have a fun, and still good for you, dessert that won’t break your resolution. So keep up the good work and enjoy my quick and easy fruit tart.
1. Wash your hands.
2. For this recipe you will need measuring cups, a knife and cutting board, a pastry brush, a rubber spatula, a mixing bowl, a small sauté pan, the stove, the microwave, and a hand or stand mixer.
If you are not allowed to use a knife, stove, or mixer by yourself, you can ask an adult for help.
ChefElla’s Quick and Easy Fruit Tart (6-8 servings)
1 ea. Pre-Made Graham Cracker Crust
-If you would like to make your own pre-baked crust you can. If you are trying not to eat carbohydrates, simply make the recipe in a pie tin without the crust, or line the bottom of a 9-inch pie pan with sliced bananas.
8 oz. Low-Fat Cream Cheese or Mascarpone Cheese
1 Cup Skim Milk
1 pkg. Sugar-Free, Fat-Free Instant Vanilla Pudding (1 oz.)
3-4 ea. Kiwi, Sliced or Diced
-Cut off the ends of the kiwi. Sand the kiwi up on the flat end. Starting at the top slice off the furry skin in thin strips. Discard the skin. Slice or dice your kiwi as desired.
4-6 ea. Strawberries, Sliced or Diced. Rinse and cut off the green tops, and then slice or dice.
1 pkg. Raspberries, Black Berries, or Blue Berries.
1/8 Cup Water
1/8 Cup Sugar
1/8 Cup Mint Leaves, minced
Optional: You can use your favorite fruits instead of the fruits I have suggested to top your fruit tart.
3. Heat your small pan on the stove on medium high heat. Add the water and sugar to the pan and mix well. Let the sugar and water simmer for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let the simple syrup cool for later.
4. Heat your cream cheese in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Add the milk and cream cheese to your bowl and mix with a hand or stand mixer for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture is smooth.
5. Add the pudding mix to your milk and mix according to the package directions.
6. Pour your pudding into the pie shell. Spread the pudding around, and smooth the top until it is flat. Place the pie into the refrigerator to cool until later.
7. Prepare you’re your fruit by rinsing it and then preparing it as you like by slicing or dicing it.
8. Decorate your pie with the fruit. Be as creative as you like. When you are finished, brush the fruit with the simple syrup using your pastry brush. If you do not have a pastry brush you can simply pour a little of the syrup on top of the fruit with a spoon. Sprinkle the minced mint on top of the pie.
9. Refrigerate the pie until you are ready to serve.
This fruit tart is a great better-for-you dessert and after school snack then cookies, cake or, ice cream. Make this recipe your own by using your favorite fruits. And if you would like to do something really different try, chocolate, pistachio or your favorite pudding as the base.
ChefElla’s helpers can help by:
Measuring the ingredients
Washing the fruit
Picking the mint leaves
Decorating the pie
Older helpers can help by:
Making the simple syrup
Cutting the fruit