Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart

by Renee on May 13, 2014

Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart | Magnolia Days

Strawberry season is in full swing. It coincides with another special event, Mother’s Day. Each year I prepare a feast for the moms in my family. It would not be the same without one or more strawberry treats. I visit our local farm and pick up buckets of berries. Chocolate covered strawberries are a must. Then each year I try something new. This year it was making curd and using it for a Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart.

We wondered if the berries would be good this year. It was a wet winter and cool spring. Rain has been plentiful. Too much rain dilutes the flavor. Other conditions make them very tart. I drove to the farm hoping for the best. Buckets upon buckets of the most gorgeous berries were spread out on tables. Choosing which ones to buy was difficult. I wanted to bring home a carload.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart | Magnolia Days

The scent in the car was incredible. I thought about taking the long way home so I could drive around breathing in the heavenly aroma. Yet I wanted to get home and taste the berries right away. This batch was the best I’ve gotten in years. They were big, beautiful, red, and oh so sweet strawberries. I started working on the curd right away. It’s a simple recipe without eggs or butter.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart | Magnolia Days

Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart has a homemade crust. It’s different than a typical pie or tart crust as it doesn’t have to be chilled or rolled. About a minute in the food processor is all it takes. Press it out in the pan and bake. After the crust is cooled, it is filled with a cream cheese and whipped cream mixture. Dollops of curd are dropped on top and swirled with a knife. I used a paring knife and the tip gave the top an interesting texture. I think it added to the beauty of the swirls.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart | Magnolia Days

Do you use lots of strawberries when they are in season? The ones this year are so good I plan to go back to the farm and get more. I want to freeze some to enjoy this winter with a pound cake. I also have plans for another new strawberry treat. Stay tuned…

Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart

4 hours

Makes 12 to 16 servings

Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart

    For the strawberry-lemon curd:
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • For the crust:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • For the filling:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the strawberry-lemon curd:

Combine strawberries and sugar in a food processor fitted with a knife blade. Process until smooth, scraping down sides as needed.

Stir together lemon juice and cornstarch in a small bowl. Pour into the food processor. Process until combined and smooth.

Press mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a small saucepan. Discard seeds and pulp.

Slowly bring to simmer over medium heat. Stir constantly and cook until somewhat thickened.

Press mixture again through the sieve into a heatproof container. Cool to room temperature then chill overnight.

For the crust:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.

Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor fitted with a knife blade. Pulse to combine.

Cut butter into pieces and add to the food processor along with the milk.

Process until dough forms a ball.

Press dough into bottom and up the sides of prepared tart pan.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool crust completely.

For the filling:

Beat heavy cream in a large bowl until foamy. Add sugar, a little at a time, while beating until soft peaks form.

Beat cream cheese, confectioners sugar, and vanilla in a separate large bowl until smooth.

Fold whipped cream, a little at a time, into cream cheese mixture.

Spread filling evenly in tart crust.

Drop small dollops of curd on filling. Use a knife to swirl curd on the filling.

Chill tart at least 2 hours before serving.


Time stated does not include chilling curd overnight. Remaining curd should be chilled in a sealed container until used for another purpose within 5 days.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Anita at Hungry Couple May 13, 2014 at 9:25 am

Your description is so vivid that I can almost smell the strawberries myself. Love the idea of making a curd and swirling it on top. Pinned and I am so totally making this!!


Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:26 am

I wish someone would bottle the smell of perfect fragrant strawberries (and get it right). Too many strawberry scents seem off to me.


Christine from Cook the Story May 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

The color on this tart is just stunning!


Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:25 am

Thank you Christine and I love the color of this tart too. The strawberry curd really adds brightness to the tart.


Jessica @ May 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm

This looks so wonderful and springy!


Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:24 am

It is and I’m thinking I’ll make it again in winter to brighten up the season. (I’m freezing some strawberries to use for it then).


Mary Frances May 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

The marbling on this is just beautiful. It looks like the perfect combination of creamy, tart, and sweet!


Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:23 am

Thanks so much Mary Frances


dina May 13, 2014 at 10:07 pm

the creamy filling looks wonderful!


Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:22 am

Thanks Dina and it tastes as good as it looks too.


Ami@naivecookcooks May 14, 2014 at 12:37 am

Looks so delicious!


Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:22 am

Thank you Ami


Carla May 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Beautiful tart! I love strawberries and cream cheese together.


Renee May 17, 2014 at 7:21 am

Thanks Carla and I’m also a big fan of strawberries and cream cheese. I want to do a baked cheesecake with the combo soon.


A Talley June 13, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Can you tell me how well this holds up. I need to make it a day ahead so hoping it doesn’t go soggy on the bottom…I’m excited to try it!


Renee June 14, 2014 at 7:30 am

I made the tart a couple of days before serving it and it seemed to be fine. It should be okay making it the day before.


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