Thursday, July 14, 2011

Family Recipe Friday: Mom's Vanilla Chip Fruit Tart

One of the things I love about Summer is the abundance of fresh fruit that is available. In San Francisco, we have farmers markets around the city just about every day. How lucky can a girl get?

Here's a recipe from my mom, Becky, that showcases the best of Summer's fruit. And, you can customize this recipe to include the fruits that you like most. We've made this delicious tart in the past for special occasions, and it was always a hit!

Vanilla Chip Fruit Tart

From the kitchen of Rebecca Bartram Brittain Santos

¾ cup butter, softened
1 ½ cup flour
½ cup confectioner’s sugar

10 oz. bag vanilla chips (found in the baking aisle of your favorite grocer)
¼ cup whipping cream
8 oz. cream cheese

Fruit Topping:
½ cup granulated sugar
2 Tbls. corn starch
1 cup orange juice
1 tsp. lemon juice

Crust: Heat oven to 300 degrees. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, blend in flour. Press mixture onto bottom and side of 12” pizza pan (or tart pan). Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.

Filling: In microwave-safe bowl, microwave vanilla chips and whipping cream at high for 1 ½ minutes or until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Beat in cream cheese. Spread on cooled crust.

Fruit Layer: Select from Summer’s great fruits, such as blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, peaches, nectarines, etc. Slice and arrange over filling. This is where you can get really creative with layering and colors. Make it your own!

Fruit Topping: In small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in juices. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Cool completely. Pour over fruit layer. Serves 8-10.


  1. hmm, would certainly hit the spot this week. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.