This puff pastry fruit tart is a delicious, fuss-free dessert. All you need is some puff pastry and your favourite assortment of fresh fruits. It's also a sweet addition to breakfast or brunch, and it's perfect for any occasion.
Summer is here, my friends, Hurray!
Since I have this food blog, I constantly think about new recipes. Most of the time, I am thinking about pasta or other kinds of easy dinner recipes, but I also realised that so far, I only have one dessert recipe on my blog, which is a delicious Vegan Apple and Plum Crumble recipe; in case you haven't seen it yet, go and check it out.
I am not a baking type of girl, more like a "give me my pasta, girl"; I never really liked baking, but at the same time, I love pastries, so it was time to create something new that was easy, quick to make, and super delicious.
Whether you're a seasoned baker or a beginner, like me, making a puff pastry fruit tart is surprisingly simple. You only need some thawed puff pastry and your favourite assortment of fresh fruits. From strawberries and blueberries to raspberries and peaches, the choices are endless.
Is puff pastry vegan?
I don't know how about you, but I love cooking with puff pastry. Whether you want to make something sweet or savoury, it is a great ingredient when you want to make something quick and delicious but you only have a little time to spend in the kitchen.
Puff pastry can be vegan or non-vegan depending on the ingredients used. Traditional puff pastry recipes typically include butter making them non-vegan. However, most pastries you can buy from supermarkets are vegan and made with vegetable oils or plant-based margarine instead of butter. When purchasing puff pastry, read the ingredients list or look for certified vegan labels to ensure it aligns with your dietary preferences.
Easy vegan puff pastry fruit tart
This puff pastry fruit tart is a delicious summer dessert, ready in 30 minutes, and you will only need a few ingredients to make it. You can make your puff pastry, which would taste even better. Still I used store-bought puff pastry to make this recipe even quicker, and some fresh fruits such as strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.
This puff pastry fruit tart is so versatile and can be served as a dessert or a sweet addition to breakfast or brunch; and it's perfect for any occasion. It is vegan and can easily be made gluten-free too.
why you will love it
- Easy and quick to make
- Perfect summer dessert
- Minimal ingredients
- Perfect for any occasion
what you will need to make this vegan fruit tart recipe
Here's what you will need to make this easy and delicious vegan puff pastry fruit tart:
- Puff pastry - I used the store-bought pastry to make this recipe quicker.
- Mixed berries - Such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
- Sugar - Granulated sugar is used for this recipe to make the fruits sweeter.
- Cornstarch - Helps thicken the juices released by the fruits during baking and creates a cohesive filling that is not overly runny or watery.
- Lemon zest & juice - Adds an extra citrusy flavour to the tart and can also help the fruits release some of their natural juices while baking, creating a slightly thickened syrup-like consistency that holds the fruits together.
- Vanilla aroma - For the extra flavour.
- Jam - ( optional ) It adds a beautiful sheen and extra sweetness to the tart.
- Unsweetened dairy-free milk mixed with turmeric ( optional ) - To wash the edge of the pastry. This will add an extra golden colour to the dessert.
For the full recipe and quantities, see the recipe card at the end of the post.
How to make it
Here's a simple recipe for a puff pastry fruit tart:
- Firstly, preheat the oven to 190°C.
- Before preparing the filling, wash your fruits, then combine them with sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and lemon zest and juice in a mixing bowl.
- Gently toss until the berries are coated evenly and set aside.
- Unroll the thawed puff pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface and cut it into six even pieces.
- Transfer the cut pastry shapes onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- With a knife, score a 1cm border in all the rectangles. Make sure you don't cut it all through the pastry.
- Arrange the coated fruits on top of each puff pastry shape, leaving a small border around the edges.
- Brush the edges with a milk-turmeric combo, then fold over the berries.
- Bake the mini tarts in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the puff pastry turns golden brown and crisp.
- Remove the tarts from the oven and let them cool.
- Brash warmed jam over the fruit to give them an extra sheen and sweetness.
- Once cooled, serve the mini puff pastry fruit tarts as is or with a dusting of powdered sugar, whipped cream, or a scoop of ice cream, if desired.
Substitutions & Variations
- Fruits - Use any fruits you like. It would be delicious with peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, apples, or pears.
- Sugar - You can add maple syrup instead of sugar if you prefer.
- Gluten-free - For a gluten-free option, use gluten-free puff pastry.
These fruit tarts can be stored at room temperature for 1-2 days. Place it in an airtight container or cover it tightly with plastic wrap. Please note that the tart will lose its crispiness. It still will be delicious, though 🙂
If you want to store the tart for an extended period, you can freeze it. Wrap the completely cooled tart tightly in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container or freezer bag. Frozen puff pastry fruit tarts can generally be stored for 2-3 months.
Make sure to add cornstarch to your fruits. Fruits release their juices as they bake, and without cornstarch, your tarts will be soggy.
Brushing your tarts at the end with jam will add an extra sheen and sweetness to your dessert.
Yes, you can use frozen fruits for a puff pastry fruit tart. However, thaw and drain them properly before using them to prevent excess moisture that could make the tart soggy.
Drain any excess liquid from the fruits before arranging them on the pastry to prevent a puff pastry fruit tart from becoming soggy. Mix them with cornstarch. Avoid overcrowding the tart with too many fruits, and ensure it is fully baked and cooled before serving or storing.
Popular fruit combinations for puff pastry fruit tarts include strawberries and blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, peaches and plums, or a mix of various berries.