Enjoy the wonderful flavor of summer stone fruit in this cream cheese tart with nectarines.
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It’s that time of year again – stone fruit season. I love it and hate it all at one time.
I love the sweet juiciness of the fruit, particularly nectarines. Years ago when we owned two acres and a fruit orchard, my toddler son and I would go pick breakfast from the trees in the summertime. It was utterly amazing to chop up a fresh from the tree peach into yogurt and granola. Yum!
I don’t love how quickly they go bad. I swear unripe fruit turns to fuzzy ick virtually overnight. No fun!
I know. Make jam! Make pie! Freeze the fruit. Not for me, I tell ya. In my experience, nectarines and peaches get a weird flavor and texture when cooked, one that I just don’t care for. Believe me; I have tried.
I have found lots of yummy uses for fresh peaches and nectarines.
I love pie. Love pie. LOVE pie. But, I really don’t like those little slugs of peaches or nectarines in a peach pie. Instead I make this tart. The fruit stays uncooked but is served on an elegant bed of cream cheese filling atop a graham cracker crust.
This is the perfect dessert for summer. Bake the crust in the cool of night or in the morning. Add the filling. Top with fresh fruit right before serving. Delicious!
If you don’t like peaches or nectarines, feel free to use berries, plums, or apricots instead. I imagine that it would be great with a cooked cherry topping, but I haven’t tried that. If you do, let me know! Or invite me over.
This recipe is one of my faves to lean on when we’ve got lots of summer fruit on hand. Ahem. Like now. I’ve got all the fixings in the fridge as we speak. Amen. Hallelujah!
It’s also part of my newest recipe collection Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fabulous Feasts for $10 or Less. Be sure to pre-order your copy of the book as most of the recipes will not available online. Consider this a sneak peek.
Recipe: Cream Cheese and Nectarine Tart
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon (1/3 cup) butter, melted
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- 3 or 4 nectarines or peaches
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- In a medium-size bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted butter. Pat this crumb mixture into an 8-inch pie or tart pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool on a rack.
- In a large bowl, whip together the cream cheese, heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and lemon zest. Spoon this mixture into the prepared crust, cover, and chill for several hours, until firm.
- Thinly slice the nectarines. Top the cream filling with the sliced nectarines. Serve immediately.
- MAKE IT AHEAD: Prepare the tart through step 3 and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. When ready to serve, proceed with step 4.
Preparation time: 25 minute(s)
Cooking time: 8 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 8