Make one of our fruity summer tarts for an impressive dinner party dessert. Bake up a classic zingy lemon tart or a brilliantly boozy piña colada twist
A fruity summer tart is the perfect way to finish off a sensational summer meal. Enjoy a zesty slice of tarte au citron, a slab of something sweet, bursting with berries, or a tart topped with elegant slices of seasonal stone fruits. They can be as simple or elaborate as you like, with impressive jaw-dropping designs or a rustic sprawl of fresh fruit. No matter how simple the recipe, they always look dinner-party ready and fit for any table. Pick your favourite seasonal flavours and get baking!
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1. Summer fruit and mascarpone tart
Start as you mean to go with our summer fruit & mascarpone tart. With giant millefeuille and chunky mascarpone and berry layers, this impressive pud is simple but stunning and perfect for a special gathering. This beautiful dessert is adaptable too, so can be made at any time of the year. For a top spring bake, try topping the tart with roasted rhubarb and chopped pistachio, or for an autumnal take, try calvados cream and caramelised pears.
2. Blueberry and almond tart
Blueberries are the star of the show in this easy, three-step recipe. Stuff our golden brown shortcrust pastry and a light berry and almond filling. Our easy blueberry tart uses just a handful of ingredients to create a dessert everyone will want seconds of. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or custard for pudding perfection.
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3. Raspberry tart
Our raspberry tart is a true showstopper. Ranks of ruby-red raspberries on a creamy lemon custard base and glazed to perfection, give this terrific tart a restaurant-quality look. Want an extra dose of sweetness? Try making a chocolate pastry base to complement the sharpness of the berries. We guarantee there'll be empty plates all round.
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4. Rustic strawberry tart
Make your own shortcrust pastry with crunchy semolina and top it with juicy strawberries at the peak of their summer sweetness. Our rustic strawberry tart is best served with a generous dollop of classic clotted cream for a twist on our favourite scone combination. The clever pinching technique creates a quick, rough border that looks just as pleasing as a primped and perfected one.
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5. Piña colada tart
Covert this delicious retro cocktail into a beautifully kitsch piña colada tart. Combine tropical pineapple, coconut and rum flavours into a tipsy masterpiece. The tiny umbrellas and cherries for serving are optional, but we think they take this summer stunner to the next level. Want to pair it up with the real thing? Mix up a classic piña colada cocktail in just five minutes. Cheers!
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6. Lemon tart with summer berries
There's nothing quite as refreshing as a luscious lemon tart. This version of the French classic tarte au citron is slightly more effort to make, but trust us, it's well worth it. Use a blowtorch to caramelise the sugar and create a cracking brûlée topping for added effect. If you leave it to set then repeat the process, you'll end up with a wonderfully thick layer of caramel. Serve up slices of this elegant tart with a minty summer berry salad.
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7. Gooseberry and vanilla custard tart
Everyone loves a wobbly custard tart, especially when it's dotted with gorgeous gooseberries. Our gooseberry & vanilla custard tart has a crumbly shortcrust pastry base and the creamy, sweet filling pairs beautifully with the sharper gooseberries. Use up a glut of berries from the garden and treat everyone to a picture-perfect tart.
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8. Giant peach, nectarine & peeach meringue
Skip some steps by using shop-bought puff pastry as the base for our giant peach, nectarine & apricot meringue tart. This dazzling dessert is topped with stone fruit, almond paste and dollops of swirled meringue. It takes just 20 minutes to prepare, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests. Bake until the meringues are crisp and the peaks are just starting to brown.
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9. Apricot tart with brown sugar & cinnamon pastry
If you've got a crowd to impress, get stuck into our apricot tart with brown sugar & cinnamon pastry. Tender fruit, crisp golden brown pastry and warm cinnamon spice are paired up perfectly in this rich symphony of seasonal flavours. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a slightly sweetened spoonful of mascarpone.
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10. Cherry, almond & lemon mascarpone tart
We're rounding off our list of lazy day summer desserts with our make-ahead cherry, almond & lemon mascarpone tart. Whether you're enjoying drinks at home with friends or finishing a barbecue in style, this is bound to be an instant favourite. The lemon juice in the mascarpone mix lifts the flavour and cuts through the rich, creamy cheese.
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