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Rustic Dried Fruit Tart

Updated May 12, 2017
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Editor's Note: When was the last time you used dried fruit in a recipe? If you've only ever snacked on dried apples, berries, and other fruits, then get ready to try something different when you make this recipe for Rustic Dried Fruit Tart! This free-form tart is easy to make and can be adjusted to fit your personal preferences. You'll love that this dessert recipe only needs four ingredients, many of which you may already have in your pantry and refrigerator. The next time company drops by unexpectedly, don't panic. Instead, whip up this delicious tart! Switch-in suggestions as well as tips on how to make the crowning touch for this tart are included below the recipe.

Makes1 tart; serves 4 to 6

Cooking MethodBaking

CostInexpensive

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party

Recipe CourseDessert

Five Ingredients or LessYes

MealBrunch, Dinner, Tea

Taste and TextureButtery, Crisp, Fruity, Sweet

Type of DishDessert, Tart

Ingredients

  • ½ cup confectioners sugar, divided
  • 2¼ cups (10½ ounces) lightly packed mixed dried fruit, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup orange marmalade
  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet (about 9 ounces), thawed

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line 1 rimmed baking sheet with a nonstick liner. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the confectioners sugar.

  2. Put the dried fruit, 2/3 cup water, and the marmalade in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is tender and the liquid is reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely or transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

  3. Arrange a large piece of plastic wrap on the counter. Sprinkle generously with some of the remaining confectioners sugar. Using a rolling pin, roll out the puff pastry sheet, sprinkling the top and bottom often and generously with the sugar to prevent slicking, into a 10-inch square, then trim into a 10-inch round. Move to the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Spoon the cooled dried fruit into the center of the pastry, mounding it slightly and leaving about a 2-inch border. Fold the edges over the filling, pleating the pastry as you go around the filling and leaving the center of the fruit uncovered. Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the pastry.

  5. Bake until the pastry is golden brown, about 35 minutes. If the pastry puffs up, prick with a fork or knife tip. Set on a rack to cool slightly before serving.

Switch-Ins

  1. In place of the mixed dried fruit, switch in 1½ cups, lightly packed dried apricots, coarsely chopped.

  2. In place of the orange marmalade, switch in ½ cupseedless raspberry jam.

Gussy It Up

Serve with Boozy Hard Sauce or vanilla ice cream:

Combine 4 ounces room-temperature unsalted butter and 1 cup  confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on  low speed until the ingredients are blended. Add 1 tablespoon brandy or  dark rum or ¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon finely grated  citrus zest and a pinch of table salt. Increase the speed to medium and  beat until smooth and fluffy. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate  for up to 2 weeks. The sauce can be served cold or at room temperature. Makes about 2/3 cup.

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This was a great dessert! I used dried fruit from a local market, and added a handful (1/4 cup?) of fresh cranberries. Highly recommend this recipe!

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