Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DMN, CNS – Berry lovers, rejoice: Spring is finally here, and that means goodbye to frozen winter fruit and hello to fresh, juicy berries. I have the perfect way to celebrate these delightful little fruits: this fresh berry tart recipe.
Just the word “tart” can be enough to send even experienced cooks fleeing from the kitchen, but have no fear — this berry tart is super simple and allows all the berry flavors — such as benefit-rich blueberries — to shine through.
Because the fruit tart crust has to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour, this is a terrific recipe to prep the night before. Try taking this to your next barbecue — just be ready to share the recipe!
What Is a Tart?
Simply put, fruit tarts like this fresh berry tart are dishes baked in pastry shells without a top that often contain jelly, custard and/or fruit. Some tart recipes call for all types of decadent — and sometimes unhealthy — ingredients, but fruit tart recipes can be healthy and easy to make.
As you probably guessed, this berry tart is one of the healthier fruit tart recipe choices out there thanks to the healthy berries and gluten-free flour, which are just some of the stars of this recipe:
- Mixed berries: For this recipe, I like to go with a mix of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Each of berries is high in vitamin C, manganese, vitamin K, magnesium and many other essential nutrients. Berries are antioxidant powerhouses as well, and they can do everything from protecting against disease to aiding digestion, brain health, weight loss and so much more.
- Gluten-free flour: My opting for gluten-free flour, you are less likely to deal with digestive issues, and of course, it makes this berry tart recipe good for those with celiac disease.
- Maple syrup: Instead of adding unhealthy sweeteners or loading up on extra sugar, maple syrup makes for a healthy, natural sweetener to give this dessert a little something extra. Maple syrup nutrition has a relatively low glycemic score, provides antioxidants and can combat inflammation.
- Butter: Opt for grass-fed butter to ensure you get the healthiest, safest version. It provides healthy fats and is less processed.
- Eggs: Eggs provide a strong protein punch, and cage-free, free-range eggs ensure you get the highest-quality eggs available.
How to Make Berry Tart
We’ll start by mixing together the berries and jam and letting them hang out in the fridge. Then, using a food processor or blender, cut the butter into the flour.
Once the butter is evenly dispersed, add in the eggs and nutrition-rich maple syrup, and stir it all up to combine. Shape the dough into a ball, and wrap in plastic.
Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour — overnight is fine.
When you’re ready to get the berry tart going, preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, and line a tart pan with parchment paper. Press the dough into the pan gently, and slide into the oven.
Let the dough bake for about 20 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned around the edges.
Once the pie crust has cooled to the touch, pour the berry mixture into it. Before diving in, top this beautiful berry tart with my homemade Coconut Whipped Cream.
This is a fantastic recipe when berries are in season. Take advantage, and make this berry tart recipe soon!
Gluten-Free Homemade Berry Tart Recipe
When you have fresh, juicy berries, you should try making my gluten-free Berry Tart. It’s easier than making a pie and just as delicious!
For the filling:
- 4 cups fresh mixed berries
- 10 ounces all-fruit jam
For the crust:
- ½ stick butter
- 3 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Mix together berries and jam. Cover and refrigerate.
- Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender or food processor.
- Add eggs and maple syrup to flour mixture and combine.
- Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Press dough into a parchment-lined tart pan and bake for 20 minutes or until crust is done and lightly brown around the edges.
- Allow the pie crust to cool to room temperature. Pour berries into tart crust and serve with coconut whipped cream.
- This recipe allows you to decide which type of berries you want to include in the mix. I usually opt for a combination of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, but you can customized to your preferred taste.
- If you don’t have gluten-free flour on hand, you can use regular all-purpose flour if gluten isn’t a concern for you.
- The whipped cream topping is optional.