Berry Flag Tart

Ok, so I’m a little late with posting this… We made this as a dessert for our 4th of July cookout – but it’s still July, right?

In any event, this was SUPER tasty, and I would definitely make it again! For a smaller crowd, I’d probably make a smaller portion (maybe 1/2), but it was definitely worth the effort to make the whole recipe if you have to feed a crowd. Enjoy!

Berry Flag Tart
From Better Homes and Gardens, July 2014
Serves 24


3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1/2 cup ice water
1 egg
2 tablespoons water
1/3 cup Swedish (pearl) sugar (I used white sparkly sugar – the type for decorating cookies)

Raspberry Filling:
5 6-ounce packages fresh raspberries (about 8 cups)
2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup ClearJel or cornstarch (I used cornstarch)
Pinch salt

Blueberry Filling:
2 6-ounce packages fresh blueberries (about 2 cups)
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons ClearJel or cornstarch (I used cornstarch)
Pinch salt

1. In a food processor combine the flour, granulated sugar and salt. Cover and pulse to distribute ingredients. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles very coarse cornmeal with a few large butter chunks still visible. While pulsing, add the water slowly. Continue pulsing until the water is evenly distributed but don’t allow the dough to form into a ball. Transfer dough to a sheet of plastic wrap and gently knead to incorporate any remaining dry bits. Divide dough into 2 uneven balls; one ball should contain two thirds of the pastry ( 21 ounces). Wrap each ball in plastic wrap. Chill dough portions for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.

2. Roll the large dough portion into a 17×12-inch rectangle. Transfer to a 15x10x1-inch baking pan and trim edges even with sides of pan. Prick the bottom of the dough with a fork and chill until ready to assemble tart. Roll remaining dough portion into a 15×10-inch rectangle. Cut six 1/2-inch wide strips from the long side of the dough. Next, cut 4 more 1/2-inch wide strips that are 9 inches long. Cut as many 1-inch stars as you can with remaining dough, rerolling scraps as necessary. Place strips and stars on a parchment paper-lined large baking sheet. Brush with a mixture of egg and water. Generously sprinkle with Swedish sugar and gently press sugar into surface of dough. Chill while preparing fillings.

Raspberry Filling:
3. Place raspberries in a large bowl; toss with lemon peel and juice. In a small bowl combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Sprinkle sugar mixture over raspberries; toss to combine. Set aside.

Blueberry Filling:
4. Place blueberries in a large bowl; toss with lemon peel and juice. In a small bowl combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Sprinkle sugar mixture over blueberries; toss to combine.

5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. With the long side of the dough-lined pan facing you, arrange blueberry filling in the upper left corner of the pan, covering about a 6×4-inch rectangle. Spoon the raspberry filling around the blueberries to fill the pan. Place the dough strips over the raspberries, trimming as necessary. Arrange the stars over the blueberries. Bake 1 1/4 hours or until the filling bubbles and the edges of the crust are golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 244
Fat: 12 g
Saturated Fat: 7g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
Monounsaturated fat: 3g
Cholesterol: 38 mg
Sodium: 157mg
Carb: 32g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 15g
Protein: 3g


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