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TIP OF THE DAY: No-Bake Tarts, Sweet & Savory

We should have published this tip in the summer, when it was too hot to turn on the oven. But it’s a year-round good idea for a quick and easy dessert or appetizer tart.

You can bake your own tart shells of course, and even freeze a batch for ad hoc use. You can also make or buy a filling for the tart. Then, just top it with fresh fruit.

SWEET TART FILLINGS

  • Custard
  • Crème fraîche
  • Greek yogurt, plain or sweetened with agave, honey, maple syrup, sugar or a non-caloric sweetener
  • Homemade whipped cream (see flavored whipped cream recipes)
  • Ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • Mascarpone
  • Vanilla pudding
  • Vanilla yogurt or other fruit yogurt
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    Spoon the filling into the tart shell; then arrange the fruit on top. If you’re using ice cream, fill the shell and return it to the freezer until you’re ready to serve; top with fruit and bring to the table.

    Garnish

    You may not need a garnish, but it never hurts to add one for color, flavor or general decor:

  • Chopped nuts
  • Chocolate curl
  • Edible flower
  • Mint leaf
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    A beet tart with goat cheese. Photo courtesy
    Bien Cuit.

     

    SAVORY TARTS

    Savory tarts can be served as a first course; tartlets (mini tarts) can be served as hors d’oeuvre or with the salad course. Top the filling with:

  • Beets, regular or pickled
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Herbed cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • Marinated vegetables: asparagus, artichoke hearts, mushrooms
  • Smoked salmon
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    Savory Tart Fillings

  • Crème fraîche
  • Fresh cheese: fromage blanc, goat cheese, Greek yogurt, labne (kefir cheese), quark, ricotta; plain or seasoned
  • Herbed sour cream (mix in minced chives, cilantro, dill, marjoram or parsley)
  • Unsweetened plain or herbed savory whipped cream
  • Garnishes

  • Capers
  • Caviar or roe
  • Cocktail onion, gherkin slice or olive slice
  • Colorful spices, like pink peppercorns
  • Edible flowers
  • Fresh herbs
  • Sprouts or microgreens
  • Watercress
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    Let us know your favorite no-bake tart combinations.

    Find more garnish ideas in our article, Garnish Glamour.

      




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