This 21 Day Fix approved tart is proof that a healthy dessert can still be beautiful and absolutely delicious. No mixes, no artificial anything, just natural, whole food ingredients that you can be proud to serve any day of the year.
Are you guys all gearing up for Thanksgiving? I am!! I’m so super-excited to see my family. Living far from home is the pits sometimes. Of course, it does make the holidays that much sweeter. I even love just the week leading up to a holiday. The preparing, the packing , the making of lists. In fact, because there’s so much to be done prior to our road trip, this will likely be my last post until after Thanksgiving. I’d love to post on Tuesday like I normally would, but it’s starting to feel like that probably isn’t going to happen. Ah well, such is life 🙂
Speaking of living away from home, let me tell you something that I discovered when I went to take these pictures. I don’t have a dessert stand. No, wait – I do have a dessert stand, it’s just boxed up somewhere with plenty of other things that I could probably be using for blog pictures which at some point I deemed “not absolutely necessary for survival” and packed away. Because, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before to you guys, but me and the fam are currently living in a shoebox. A very nice, adorable shoebox, but a shoebox nonetheless. In fact, while we rent here, we’re also paying for a storage unit which may very well be where my aforementioned dessert stand lies. Either there, or at my parent’s house, it really just depends on which move I packed it away. Anyway, the thought of going through the storage unit didn’t even cross my mind, because it’s so freaking packed we’ve been avoiding trying to find one of 6 standing lamps which we could really use for the bedroom. Ugh.
Back to the dessert stand. I improvised. In case you haven’t already noticed, that’s totally an upside tart pan balanced just so on an upside down vase. Not too shabby, eh? I’m really kind of into it actually, what do you guys think?
Anyway… because I love you, I’ve been thinking long and hard about a special dessert for the holidays. And I have to admit, I’m pretty proud of this one. It tastes delicious, will look absolutely lovely for Thanksgiving, is surprisingly easy (don’t be fooled by the lengthy instructions) and I came up with the crust all on my lonesome. Sure, it took a few tries, but, hey, we got there.
This tart uses the same filling base that I used in my Peanut Butter Cheesecake & Jelly Sauce recipe, but instead of adding a peanut butter swirl, I added some cardamom instead, which goes so beautifully with the fruit! If you’re not familiar with cardamom, you should get familiar, because it’s THE BOMB. Anyway, I talk about it in more depth here if you want to check it out.
This recipe actually doesn’t take very long to put together, I’d say about a half an hour. Then it’s just a matter of baking (20 minutes), cooling (1 hour) and refrigerating it (at least 2 hours). It does use a few necessary gadgets, though. A blender, a food processor and an 11″ tart pan. Speaking of which, have you ever noticed that many tart recipes call for a 9″ tart pan? Seriously, what is the point of a 9″ tart pan? Could it possibly be meant for children? I know, it sounds pretty reasonable until you actually have a 9″ tart pan staring you in the face and you wonder, “What’s everyone else going to have for dessert?” because I’m taking this sucker down all by myself. The good thing is, 11″ tart pans are pretty widely available. Wal-Mart usually carries them, but I actually got mine right at the grocery story, which was a Kroger, fyi.
Can you believe that this dessert is COMPLETELY 21 Day Fix approved? I know! And I’m telling you, it’s not messing around, no one will even know that it’s “healthy.” With a slightly nutty, buttery crust and a rich, flavorful, cheesecake-y filling that’s all topped off with the brightness of fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey… I mean, come on!! I hope your family likes this one as much as mine does, even the kiddos can’t get enough!
Oh, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!
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