How are you with making pie crusts? I struggled with them until recently. The first one I ever attempted was a complete failure. It was many years ago and I thought I could skip a step or two. It was not a good idea. My second attempt wasn’t much better. I put making pie crusts on hold for a long time. Then I decided to make this blueberry cream cheese tart. Success!
This is a crust for beginners. It put me back on the pie crust making track. One small step in the right direction back then and now I’m making Julia Child pie crusts. If you need a recipe to get started with, this is the one. The original is by Paula Deen and can be found on the Food Network website. I adapted it slightly and reflected my method of preparation.
How does the tart taste? Pretty darn good if you ask me and everyone who has tasted it. You can tell it is a homemade crust (my mother-in-law loves this one) and the filling is light and fluffy. The pecans give it a bit of crunch. The blueberry topping adds a nice fruit flavor and makes a pretty tart. You could use different flavors of store-bought pie filling or use homemade.
Can you believe the holiday season is around the corner? Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas…whew! What happened to this year? At least I have this blueberry cream cheese tart I can whip up for any celebration. Let the festivities begin!
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- Pinch of salt
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ½ cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
- 6 ounces cream cheese (not whipped), at room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 can (21 ounces) blueberry pie filling
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a knife blade, add the flour, powdered sugar, and salt. Pulse to combine. Add the butter and process until it forms a ball. Press dough evenly on the bottom and up the sides of a 12-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Sprinkle the nuts evenly over the bottom and lightly press into the crust. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges. Let cool completely.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Using a hand mixer, beat until smooth and combined. In a separate bowl, beat the heavy cream with the sugar until it has soft peaks. Fold the whipped cream, a little at a time, into the cream cheese mixture. Spread the cream cheese filling evenly into the prepared tart crust. Top it with the pie filling. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Serve and enjoy!