Confession: I took this picture in the car. I was bringing it to someone's house and snapped this on my lap. But hey, at least I had good natural lighting!
Anyway. I have been making variations of this tart for quite some time. It is my go-to summer dessert. Sometimes when I want to be fancy, I'll make it in individual tart pans, which I find adorable. I bet you could make this a million different ways, exchanging orange for lemon, strawberries for blueberries or raspberries...you get the idea. The foundation of this is simple: tart crust and a mascarpone cream. Everything else is just icing on the err...tart.
Strawberry Tart with Orange Mascarpone Cream
1 recipe tart dough, baked and cooled (My favorite is from Mark Bittman and can be found here.)
1 cup mascarpone cheese
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 cups strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup orange marmalade or apricot preserves (I used blood orange marmalade, to be exact.)
In the bowl of a mixer, beat together the mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, sugar and orange zest. Spoon into the cooled tart crust. Arrange sliced strawberries on top. Melt marmalade/preserves and lightly brush onto berries to create a nice sheen. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves 8.