As I sat and stared at the berries we had gathered I dreamt of all the possibilities that that little bushel held – homemade jam, butter, pie, ice cream, oh the list could go on and on… but I knew I didn’t have a limitless supply so I had to narrow it down to one or two really good choices. Hello, White Chocolate Strawberry Tart! It has so many favorite flavors – white chocolate, cream cheese, vanilla and of course STRAWBERRIES! And as with all my recipes, it’s e-a-s-y to prepare!

:: Ingredients ::
1 Ready to Bake Pie Crust
24 Strawberries, sliced (depending on size you may need a few more or less)
1 package (8 oz.) Cream Cheese – softened
1 cup Whipping Cream
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (add more or less depending on your desired sweetness)
1 teaspoon Vanilla

:: Step 1 ::
Preheat oven to 400°. Very lightly grease your tart pan(s). I like to do this to avoid any sticking as doughs can occasionally do. Also, I used 2 mini pans but you could use one large pan if you prefer. If using 2 pans, unroll dough and divide dough in half {photo above}. Place dough on pan and bake for about 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Once cooked, set aside to cool.

:: Step 2 ::
Using a hand held mixer blend the cream cheese and vanilla until smooth and well combined. Place white chocolate chips in a bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals to melt. Stir before each heating. Once melted combine with the cream cheese and vanilla. Set aside.

:: Step 3 ::
With the whisk attachment of your mixer, whip the whipping cream until thick and creamy. This takes several minutes but it’s fun to watch the cream change from a liquid to a solid. You are done when you pull the whisk attachment out and it creates a small peak. Using a rubber spatula fold in about half of the whipping cream to the cream cheese mixture. Once that is well combined gently fold in the rest. Try not to over mix this so that you don’t lose all the air and fluff that you’ve just beat into the cream.

:: Step 4 ::
Spoon white chocolate cream mixture into cooled tart shell (you must make sure it’s cool – heat will seriously mess your dessert up!). Place sliced berries on top in a circular pattern and step back and admire your creation! Then grab a fork and dig in!!

It’s such a lovely dessert you may be tempted to save it for a special occasion but I encourage you not to wait. The simplicity of this tart makes it possible to enjoy even on a Wednesday night.

I still have some berries left… hmmm… some strawberry butter on homemade bread sounds lovely for breakfast! I guess I’d better get baking!!

I hope you’ll try this White Chocolate Strawberry Tart and let me know how you like it!

Bon Appétit

Jennifer

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