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Rustic Open-Face Berry Tart

You can choose whatever combination of berries you like, such as blueberries, raspberries or cranberries.

This free-form pie is so easy to make using the convenience of store-bought puff pastry.

  1. 2 1⁄2 cups mixed berries 625 mL
  2. 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar, divided 60 mL
  3. 1 1⁄2 tbsp cornstarch 22 mL
  4. 8 oz frozen puff pastry, thawed 250 g
  5. 1⁄4 cup slivered almonds, coarsely chopped 60 mL
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C); adjust oven rack to lower-middle. Set aside a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, place 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) of the berries and gently crush to release some of the juices; stir in remaining berries. In a small bowl, set aside 2 tsp (10 mL) of the sugar for sprinkling. In another small bowl, combine remaining sugar and cornstarch; then stir into fruit until evenly coated; set aside for 5 minutes to allow the sugar mixture to absorb the berry juices.
  3. On a sheet of parchment paper, roll out pastry into an 11- by 11-inch (27.5 by 27.5 cm) square. If desired, trim off the corners to make a circle, or just leave the corners on for a more rustic look. Gently transfer the pastry along with the parchment onto baking sheet. Pour the fruit mixture into the center of the pastry, mounding slightly, leaving a 2-inch (5 cm) border. Gently fold up the pastry edge around the filling, pinching and pleating the pastry around the tart. Brush the outer pastry edge with a little water and sprinkle remaining 2 tsp (10 mL) sugar onto the pastry. Sprinkle nuts onto the center of the tart.
  4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and the fruit juices are bubbling. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.
  5. Serves 6.
  1. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.
  2. Find ready-to-use puff pastry in the freezer section. It usually comes in packages of around 1 lb (500 g); use half a package for this recipe.
  3. Sliced almonds can be substituted for the slivered almonds.
The Best of Bridge

This recipe is available in the book Best of Bridge 5-Ingredient Cooking.