I find most cakes and tarts bought in-store just too freaking sweet I feel like I downed a whole bag of sugar (seriously though). We live in an era where it’s all about being healthy and decreasing our sugar-, fat-, carbs-, calorie-intake. I decided to take matters into my own hand and make a healthy DIY fruit tart!
You can also customize your tart by choosing your favorite fruit toppings and styling however you like. I picked colorful fruits that complement each other such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, kiwis and peaches.
You can either use store-bought crust or make your own
2 cups half & half
1/3 cup + 1/4 cup granulated white sugar, divided
pinch of salt
5 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons cornstarch
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-3 cups of fruits of your choice
*If you choose to use bananas, make sure to coat it with lemon juice so that it doesn’t turn brown
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
1 tablespoon of sugar
2 tablespoons of water
1) Prepare pie crust according to instructions on the packaging and cool completely.
2) In a saucepan, combine the half & half, 1/3 cup of sugar and salt. Simmer over medium heat and stir occasionally.
3) In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks, cornstarch and remaining 1/4 cup of sugar for a minute.
4) Once the half & half mixture has reached a simmer, slowly whisk it into the egg yolk mixture one pour at a time so that it doesn’t “cook” the eggs.
5) Pour the whole mixture back into the saucepan and whisk vigorously on medium heat until nice and thick. There should be a few bubbles bursting on the surface.
6) Remove from heat to cool for a minute. Whisk in butter and vanilla.
*If there are any lumps, you can remove them from a spoon or strain it through a fine mesh sieve
7) Press a layer of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the cream to prevent a layer of coating to form on top.
8) Refrigerate for approx. 3 hours or up to 2 days.
Wash and cut (if necessary) your fruit toppings and arrange however you like! I browsed through Google and Pinterest for some inspirations. If you want a glaze on your tart, simply heat the water, cornstarch and sugar until melted and brush it over the fruit.
Brighten any gloomy Toronto winter day with this easy and delicious fruit tart!
(Original recipe here)