May is Strawberry month which is always exciting around our house. Strawberries are one of our favorite fruits. Not only are they delicious on their own but they make lovely desserts.
You will enjoy this almond flavored pastry filled with a sweet cream cheese filling and topped with glazed strawberries.
1 quart strawberries, hulled & sliced in half
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Stir sugar, flour and salt together.
Cut in the butter with your fingers or a pasty blender until the size of tiny peas. Blend until the pastry is smooth and holds together in a ball.
Press the dough into a 11-inch tart pan with a removable bottom, taking care to push the crust into the indentations in the sides. Pat until the crust is even.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until very lightly browned. Set aside to cool.
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Spread over the lightly glazed cooled crust.
3/4 cup strawberry jam
1 tablespoon water over medium heat until melted.
Whisk strawberry jam and water together and heat over medium heat until melted.
Let cook slightly and then using a pastry brush lightly glaze cooled tart pastry.
Add filling to pastry and top with strawberries.
Brush glaze over strawberries using a pastry brush.
Serve with whipped cream.
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