"Queen of Tarts" Easy Fruit Tart

Go ahead and bake my day

Go ahead and bake my day

When you need that frenchy, oh la la, WOW! dessert that looks like it took hours of your precious hammock-laying/rosé-sipping time, but only took less than an hour ... look no further than this unbelievably easy french-style fruit tart.

I'm a huge fan of simplifying anything.  I want maximum eye-candy appeal with minimum dishwasher-loading.  Which is why I adore this tart - you can make it as colourful as you want with any seasonal fruit, and literally bang it together in four simple steps.  

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My frenchman's eyes popped out of his head when he first beheld it, and ate it twice a day thereafter - for dessert and also breakfast.  I think he justified that by telling himself it was pretty much a fruit salad, pimped. 



  • 1 packet of store bought "pâte brisée (shortcrust pastry)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons self raising flour
  • 1 1/2 cups pouring cream
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons liqueur (preferably fruit)



  1. Line a 28cm pie dish with pâte brisée, trim edges, prick all over with a fork and bake uncovered in a 160 deg Celsius oven for 10 minutes or until just golden.  Allow to cool.
  2. Blend remaining ingredients, pour into crust and bake a further 30 minutes or until set.
  3. Cool completely before arranging thinly sliced fresh fruit over.
  4. Heat 1/2 cup apricot jam in microwave and brush over fruit.  Dot with mint springs.

Inhale before someone else does.