We made a quick day trip over to Palm Springs, CA this week to take care of a few wedding things and holy goodness was it toasty. My car thermometer read 115' at one point! I am just now getting over the shock that is extreme heat, and more than ready for the beach this weekend. So, this weekend you will find me in the ocean, swimming, actually getting my hair wet and then making another batch of these mini tarts.

These make a simple and tasty dessert for a number of reasons. They're small, which means you can justifiably eat a few of them. But maybe that's a selling point for just me? The simplicity lends itself to use any type of fruit you have, they'd be great with peaches, strawberries, maybe even fresh mango and use lime instead of lemon if you like tropical flavors. If you want to complete a few steps in advance, you could cut and score the puff pastry, put it on a baking sheet and leave it in the fridge til dessert time. The cream mix and blueberries can be prepped in advance as well, in under 5 minutes mind you. The ingredient list is short, and the hands on time is limited which means I will be making these frequently.

Sidenote: If you'd rather be cooking outside, we had a post on Etsy yesterday of the Rustic Fig Pizza we made awhile back!

I have not attempted to make my own puff pastry, however, Helene at My Tartlette has both a regular and a gluten version on her site if you feel up to it! Recipe inspired by Real Simple.

1 8-oz. Sheet Frozen Puff Pastry, thawed
1 Egg, beaten
6 oz. Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, room temperature
3 Tbsp. Honey, divided
3 Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice, divided
Zest of one Large Lemon
1 Cup Fresh Blueberries

Lemon zest and powdered sugar for garnish, optional

Oven to 375'
1. Unfold the the puff pastry and roll over it with a rolling pin about three time, just to thin it a bit.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a cookie cutter or top of a mason jar, gently cut out circles and put them on the parchment. My cutter was about 2'' diameter, you can use what you have, but use your better judgement to increase or decrease baking time.
3. Using a paring knife, score a 1/4'' thick circle border inside each tart cut out. Brush the outer edge with the beaten egg and sprinkle each with a bit of sugar (1 Tbsp. between all of them). Bake on middle rack until golden and puffed, about 14+/- minutes.
4. In the meantime,mix the cream cheese, lemon zest, 2 Tbsp. of the lemon juice, and 2 tbsp. honey until fully mixed and a bit fluffy. Put it in the fridge.
5. Remove the tarts, rescore the circle and press down gently on the middle part to flatten. Allow them to cool about 5 minutes.
6. Dollop about 1 Tbsp. of the creamy mixture in the middle of each tart (again, this will depend on the size). Put the blueberries in a bowl. Warm the remaining 1 Tbsp. honey in the microwave for 15 seconds to loosen it, pour over the berries along with the last 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice and toss to coat. Pile a hefty spoonful of berries on top of the creamy mixture. Serve at room temperature.
* Garnish with fresh lemon zest and a sprinkle of powdered sugar if you please.

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Reader Comments (57)

Those may be the most adorable dessert I've ever seen.

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

yeah right...these look AMAZING.

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkara

Gorgeous! They look like little jewels, and also I imagine mouthwateringly moreish.

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

Those berries look like jewels...absolutely luscious!

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirstin

so vibrant. can't wait to try.

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbridget

Aren't these the cutest little things! Combine that with my favorite fruit (blueberries) and yum! Thanks for sharing.

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEva

wow those berries are beautiful!

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterliz

Oh the cutest small cakes ever and blueberries are my favorite berries! Perfect for a summer desert table, thanks!

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLuise

Wow. I must make these ASAP!

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I have some puffy pastry in the fridge and plans to buy lots of blueberries at the market tomorrow and i know just what I pan to make from them.

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney

Wow, when you said easy...!!!

I love how you really made it...well, good! You really put a lot of effort into it, and the heat IS outrageuous!! :-) I can't get over these! What if, instead of Puff Pastry, you used Pate a Chox, or however you spell it??? Would it be like a cream/blueberry filled eclair?

Yum! :-)

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam

I absolutely love this recipe! It looks so delicate and complex but yet capable of bringing out the pastry chef in all of us. Very seasonal, simple and adorable. Seems very versatile, too - you could use different types of berries and/or fruit. Can't wait to try it!

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa at CC&T

Simply beautiful.

Awww! These are so cute!! I would eat sooo many!! YUM

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

How beautiful! I am going blueberry picking tomorrow and then I'm coming home to make these tarts!

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ CozyDelicious

how great are these?? fruit tarts are my absolute favorite. going to try these for an upcoming anniversary party! thank you sara! classic photos as always! a palm springs wedding? that is going to be fab-u-lous.

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYumi @ Natsukashii

Love this dessert! Small sizes don't make me feel guilty of eating too much =)

How gorgeous! They look incredibly moreish.

These look so delicious. I love your blog! Thanks for sharing so many yummy recipes and beautiful pictures.

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbbie

Ahh...these are beautiful looking tarts. I love blueberry season!

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTender B.

I'm pretty sure those couldn't possibly be more adorable! everything is better miniature sized, I speak from experience as a 5ft wee one myself

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaties Cooking

These look so cute. The blueberries are so shiny! Very tempting indeed.

So lovely...what a perfect little sweet summertime mouthful! And lemon & blueberries are such a perfect pair!

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Blue-Eyed Bakers

beautiful Sara! We just went blueberry picking and Im now up to my ears with them! I think I put them in every meal.....I might just turn into a blueberry :)

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCoco @ Roost

Always looking for different ways to use blueberries - my absolute favorite fruit. These are perfect for summer, super light and very adorable. xxSAS

What beautiful tarts! This looks great. I will have to try it soon.

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMollyCookie

These look absolutely delicious!! Can't wait to make them!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Gartner

So perfect for summer! I might try making these for my office book club that meets next week.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

These are like precious little gem tarts!! Im going to have to save this for as soon as the blueberries are ready! Beautiful photos as always :)

OMG. do NOT make your own puff pastry. i know that sounds really unculinarian of me, and it is, but the process sucks. we had to make it in culinary school (and croissants) and once was enough for me! seeing how much butter gets rolled into that stuff was reason enough for me to not eat a ton of it, but that was so long ago that it doesn't phase me anymore. bring on the store-bought puff pastry, and ill whip up these lil' tarts - so cute!

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterheather @ chiknpastry

I have such a thing for mini desserts- I am all over this! Love it!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfresh365

Those little babies look divine and I love that they are bite sized. Meaning I can eat lots and justify it by their size!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbianca

I love that bright blue bowl most of all.

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

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Just found you through Hugh's site. Talk about Bomb Noms Dot Com. You two are an extremely talented couple.

July 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCliff Marck

I love it. So chic. So sweet...

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMédaille gourmande

I love it. So chic. So sweet. I'm hungry now!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMédaille gourmande

I think they look divine! Thanks for another great post. The funny part about your post, is if you scroll your cursor over each photo, you will see "Bloobtart_2". Hugh- that made me laugh. I love both of you!! xxoo

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess

These are adorable little treats, Sara! And I love that you don't need a knife and fork...

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara


July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Stay cool. That is TOO hot! I'm obsessed with blueberries lately. Thanks for the lovely recipe!

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRedmenace

I just discovered your blog!!! yeah: it made my day: LOVE LOVE LOVE it. It has a wodnerful clean, contemporary feel. I am your new follower :)

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteramelia from ztastylife

These are so simple and beautiful. Come to my house and we'll make puff together!

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I made these the day I found your website and they did not disappoint! Delicious, adorable, and surprisingly simple!

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I made these for a dinner party. I used myer lemons. They were so good and made a beautiful presentation. It looked as if I went to a very fancy french bakery and purchased them! Big hit!

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdeborah Sacchi

Excuse me for living!! Those things ain't right! So so pretty.

August 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

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August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlueberries « The Art of

These were a wonderful end to a dinner I made last week. A hit! Thank you!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

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