Red, White & Blue Fruit Tart

I can’t believe the 4th of July is the week after next. Did it sneak up on anyone else besides me? I’ve said it before, but how does the time go so fast? It seems like these long summer days go by pretty darn quick.

Red White & Blue Fruit Tart, Mountain Mama Cooks

Like I’m sure it is for many of you, the 4th is generally an action packed day for us. Between parades, hopping from one bbq to another and fireworks, it’s not unusual for naps to be skipped and everyone is dead tired at the end of the long day. This year though, we don’t have any big plans. In fact, we have no plans. I’m not sure if I feel relieved or like a leper. In true foodie fashion, in the event we do get invited somewhere (hint, hint), I know what I’m bringing to the potluck. I don’t like being unprepared.

Trader Joes Lemon Curd, Mountain Mama Cooks
My favorite store bought lemon curd is from Trader Joes

This dessert is a winner for so many reasons. But let’s just cut right to the important ones. 1) It involves whipped cream. Nuff said. 2) It has a hidden layer of lemon curd. Hello luvah. 3) It is silly simple to prepare. Gotta love that. 4) It’s damn festive if I do say so myself. Obviously. 5) It holds up well. As in you can make it the night before and it will still be awesome when you serve it the next afternoon.

Patriotic Fruit Tart with Whipped Cream & Lemon Curd, Mountain Mama Cooks

This basic fruit tart is so much more than meets the eye. The lemon curd is a hidden gem and it’s subtle tartness is the perfect balance for the rich whipped cream. To get the fruit to look so nice and shiny, I simply heated two tablespoons of strawberry jam and spread it over the fruit with a pastry brush. Nice trick, eh?

Easy Puff Pastry Fruit Tart, Mountain Mama Cooks

This recipe and post is a win/win for you. I’m offering you an easy and tasty dessert for your 4th of July bbq and if you invite me, you don’t even have to make it.

Your welcome.