This Patriotic American Flag Fruit Tart is a simple summer dessert featuring lemon, fresh strawberries, and fresh blueberries.
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I love a good fruit tart. And with berries in season during the summer, this is a perfect way to add some American patriotism to your cookout or BBQ! The crust and filling is slightly flavored with some lemon zest to bring brightness to the tart.
I feel like having something red, white, and blue or boldy representing America is pretty much required at summer BBQs. Especially for holidays like Labor Day, Memorial Day, and 4th of July. Most of the time this means a dessert. And while this Patriotic American Flag Fruit Tart is a dessert, it is full of fresh berries and fresh lemon flavor. So it tends to taste a little lighter!
It is best to use a rectangle tart pan such as this one, roughly 8 1/2 x 11 or 12 inches. Square, long skinny rectangles, or the traditional circle pan shapes also work, however the crust thickness will vary with how much or little it needs to cover. You can also use a round tart pan, it just loses the flag effect.
This Patriotic American Flag Fruit Tart is a great dessert to make in advance. Just let it chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. You can easily get 12 pieces out of the tart, but 8 if you cut the pieces large! Be prepared, as I always seem to have people arguing over who gets the coveted blueberry star corner with both types of berries! You might want to have some extra berries on the side 🙂
The soft, crumbly tart shell is perfect to me. But if you want a crisper, firmer tart shell, use granulated sugar in the crust instead of powdered. I did this on accident once and found that the firm cookie texture was more loved by some!