Summer Berry Tart

Celebrate summer berries with a fresh berry tart: a mascarpone and whipped cream filling in a rich all-butter crust you just pat in the pan. It's an impressive dessert that's ideal for new bakers.

Fresh Berry Tart
Elise Bauer

Buttery crust, rich creamy filling, and juicy ripe berries — this is what you want in a berry tart, right?

Look no further. This is the tart. As my father says, "don't change a thing."

It's actually much easier to make than it looks!

First the crust. It needs to be firm enough to hold the tart, but not so firm that it is tough and chewy. (Who wants a chewy crust? Yikes!)

The perfect tart crust is similar to a butter pie crust, but with the addition of powdered sugar, and little vanilla, and an egg.

An Easy, No-Roll Crust

No need to roll it out. You can just press the crumbly dough mixture directly into the pan. Then you pre-bake the crust until golden brown.

Overhead shot of a summer Berry Tart
Elise Bauer

Then comes the filling. We are whipping up mascarpone cheese (a slightly acidic Italian cream cheese) with whipping cream, powdered sugar, vanilla, and a touch of orange zest for sparkle.

(By the way, if you're in a crust-free mood, this filling is so good, just put it in a bowl, top it with berries, and add a splash of Amaretto.)

A Glaze Lends a Glistening Finish

Finally, the berries. I admit my decorating chops aren't quite Martha level, but whatever. Arrange the berries on top of the mascarpone filled crust and top with some melted jelly to make them glisten. Gorgeous!

Summer Berry Tart

Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Freeze crust 60 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Servings 8 to 10 servings
Yield 1 tart

The crust will have more flavor if it is browned. Bake it until the color turns from blonde to brown, but not burnt.


For the crust

  • 1 1/2 cup (200g) all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup (50g) powdered sugar

  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (10 tablespoons or 140g) unsalted butter, very cold, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the filling

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese, room temperature

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) cold heavy cream

  • 1/3 cup (43g) powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 ounces (85g) raspberries

  • 8 ounces (225g) blueberries

  • 8 ounces (225g) strawberries, stems removed and halved or quartered

  • 4 tablespoons (60ml) apricot jelly or orange marmalade

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar or lemon juice

Special Equipment

  • Food processor
  • Tart pan (with removable bottom)


  1. Make the tart dough:

    In a food processor, add the flour, powdered sugar, and salt. Pulse a couple times to combine.

    Add the cubed cold butter and pulse several more times until the largest piece of butter is the size of a pea.

    Add the egg and vanilla extract. Pulse a few more times until the dough begins to form clumps and pull away from the side of the food processor.

    Butter and flour in a food processor to make a crust
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    Tart crust crumbly in a food processor for a fresh berry tart recipe
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  2. Press the dough into the tart pan and freeze:

    Lightly grease the inside of a tart pan (with removable bottom) with butter.

    Dump the clumpy dough into the tart pan and spread out evenly with your fingers along the bottom and up the sides of the tart shell. You don't have to press too hard; if the dough is still a little crumbly, that's good.

    To make the top even you can press the dough up a little higher than the tart pan edge and use a rolling pin over the top to even the edges.

    Put the tart pan in the freezer for 1 hour.

    Short pastry dough ready to pat into a pie tin
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    Patting pastry dough in a tart pan
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  3. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

    Place the oven rack in the middle of the oven.

  4. Pre-bake the crust:

    Line the frozen tart crust with aluminum foil, with enough extra foil off two sides to use for lifting.

    Fill with pie weights—dry beans or ceramic or stainless pie weights. Place a shallow baking pan on the bottom rung of the oven to catch drippings.

    Beans in a tart pan to blind bake a crust
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    Put the tart pan in the oven on the middle rack. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and remove the pie weights. (I lift the hot beans out by holding on to the aluminum foil and place the foil and beans into a large bowl to cool before storing.)

    Poke the bottom of the crust with the tines of a fork. Return the tart pan to the oven for 10 to 15 more minutes. Bake until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

    A tart pan with a blind baked tart crust
    Elise Bauer
  5. Mix the filling ingredients, then spread into tart crust:

    Using an electric mixer, beat together the mascarpone, cream, powdered sugar, orange zest, and vanilla extract on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 40 seconds to a minute.

    Scoop the mixture into the tart crust, and spread it so that it is level.

    A no-cook creamy filling in a baked tart crust
    Elise Bauer
  6. Arrange the berries on top, brush with jelly mixture:

    Arrange the berries on top of the mascarpone mixture in the tart crust.

    Combine the jelly or marmalade, water, and vinegar or juice into a small saucepan and heat on medium heat until bubbly and the jelly has dissolved as well as it can.

    berry tart topped with fruit
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    boiling the glaze for a fresh berry tart
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    Using a pastry brush, brush the jelly mixture over the berries for a glossy sheen.

    Remove the rim of the tart pan before serving. (You may need to use a knife to gently separate the edges of the tart from the pan.)

    brushing glaze on a fresh berry tart
    Elise Bauer

    Store covered in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. To make ahead, make the crust and filling and store covered in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. Add the fruit and glaze the day of serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
381 Calories
25g Fat
37g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 381
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 139mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 19mg 93%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 134mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.