We had our fair share of Valentine’s evenings that are quite memorable. A few where we are sitting in this or that romantic restaurant packed with couples trying to be romantic pretending we are not hearing our neighbors trying to be romantic, pretending they are not hearing us trying to be romantic, pretending…
The most special one is when while waiting to be seated in our favorite seafood joint, we met this older couple (he was a WWII veteran). Here we are, thinking, wow!!!, what could be more inspiring than spending the evening with these old love birds!? They happily agree to share a table with us. A few wine glasses later, Dave and I are just about to get all starry-eyed and envision ourselves in 50 years still madly in love, when we find out that the couple is actually cheating on his hospitalized wife, they are swingers, and would love to invite us over to her place after the dinner!
So, this year we celebrated at home. Of course I faced a dilemma. How do you enjoy a festive dinner, and yet fit into that special night gown later on…
This recipe is a pretty light dessert – a much skinnier version of a traditional fruit tart, but still yummy and exceptionally easy to make. Adopted from TasteOfHome.
LIGHT FRUIT TART
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 6 tbs cold butter, grated
- ¼ cup water, ice-cold
- 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups halved fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
- 1 cup fresh kiwi, peeled, and cut in circles
- 3 teaspoons cornstarch
- ¾ cups unsweetened pineapple-coconut juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Yields 16 servings
Make crust: in a large bowl, mix flour, confectioners’ sugar, and butter until crumbly. Add water and mix the dough. Place dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll to form a ¼ inch-thick (about 5 mm) sheet.
Place onto an ungreased 12-in. tart baking platter. Cover lightly with foil. Bake at 350°/175⁰ C for 10-12 minutes for about 20 min, remove the foil and bake for another 1-15 min or until very lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
Make filling: in a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth with a hand mixer. Spread over crust. Arrange the strawberries, oranges and kiwi on top.
Make glaze: in a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch and juices until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool and drizzle over fruit. Refrigerate until chilled.
And finally, my most delicious desserts, my little Valentines.