Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fresh Fruit Tart & A Le Creuset Giveaway!!!

Spring is quickly making its entrance here in the South. It will quickly usher its way in and then out again before we've even had a chance to turn around. We generally only have 3 seasons we recognize here in the South: Winter (better known as Wintah' for us in the Bible Belt), Summer (Summah') and Hot Summer (Hawt Summah'). Sure, for the blink of an eye, we might catch a glimpse of another season, but it is certainly short lived. So, Southerners savor any mild weather that comes our way. 60 degree weather and low humidity has every Southern Belle pulling out her flip-flops and running for the tanning beds. It also makes us start reaching for lighter fare. Lord knows we shudder at the thought of having to step out in that blessed swimsuit for the first time each summer. If you're in that same boat,  then I've got a recipe for you! A Fresh Fruit Tart. Nothing spells Spring for me quite like a fresh fruit tart. All the bright colors chilled to perfection atop a shortbread crust. Oh, but don't be fooled. There is certainly a sinful element to this tart. It is nestled in between the fruit and the crust. It is the creamy, luscious cream cheese based filing. Making this fresh dessert just sinful enough to be considered as such, yet still light enough to maintain your dress size (or pant size for you fellas). Unless of course you eat the entire thing.....then there's no guarantees.
Oh, and wouldn't this make the perfect addition to your Easter buffet! And, it can easily be made a day or so in advance. Enjoy!











Fresh Fruit Tart
Recipe adapted from one created by
Miss Paula Deen via Food Network
Ingredients
Crust:
•1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
•1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
•1 1/2 sticks  butter, softened and sliced
Filling:
•1 (8-ounce) package Light cream cheese, softened
•1/2 cup granulated sugar (or 1/4 c. splenda & 1/4 c sugar)
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract or Princess Cake Emulsion
Topping:
•Fresh strawberries, kiwi slices, blueberries, raspberries
Glaze:
•1 (6-ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
•1 tablespoon cornstarch
•1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
•1/4 cup granulated sugar
•Whipped cream, for garnish
Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
For the crust: In a food processor, combine the confectioners' sugar, flour, and butter, and process until the mixture forms a ball. With your fingers, press the dough into a large tart pan (preferably with a removable bottom), taking care to push the crust into the indentations in the sides. Pat until the crust is even. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until very lightly browned. Set aside to cool
For the filling and topping: Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Spread over the cooled crust. Arrange the fruit as desired.
For the glaze: Combine the limeade, cornstarch, lime juice, and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until clear and thick, about 2 minutes. Let cool. With a pastry brush, glaze the entire tart. You will not use all of the glaze.
Keep the tart in the refrigerator. Remove about 15 minutes before serving. Slice into 8 wedges and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

If your still reading, you must be waiting for the best part......Its Giveaway Time again!!!
So.... you'd like to make a tart, but you don't have any kind of tart pan. Hmmm...Well, then today is your lucky day! The nice folks over at CSN Stores contacted me regarding hosting a giveaway for them. Well, you know I said Yes!
CSN offers tons of products from kids bedding to cookware. They are certainly a one stop shop for all your needs. So for the giveaway, I have chosen this:
A beautiful 9.5" Le Creuset Tart Pan for my sweet readers! I love this tart pan...I really want one for myself. Hint, hint Easter Bunny :)
 Here's how you enter to win:
You must be a Sinful Southern Sweets follower to enter. So, follow me publicly via Google Friends. Then,
1)Go to the CSN Store. Browse around and then come back here leaving me a comment and telling me of another CSN item you love. This counts as one entry.
2) You can earn another chance to win by following me on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you're  now following or were already following.
3) Tweet about my giveaway. Leave me another comment saying you tweeted with a link to the tweet. You can do this once a day.
4) Blog about my giveaway. This will earn you 3 extra entries for this. Make sure to leave 3 separate comments.
*Make sure to leave your email address if it is not public in your profile so I will have a way to contact you.
Good Luck!!
And when you win that great tart pan, make sure to try Paula's springtime tart recipe!! Winner will be announced Monday, March 28th. Good luck!!


82 comments:

Adam said...

The other item I love at the CSN store is the Kithenaid stand mixer. We use ours all the time!!!
adam

♥peachkins♥ said...

That is a fantastic tart you got there!

Mandy said...

I love the Le Creuset dutch ovens!

Mandy said...

I blogged this!

Mandy said...

and blogged...

Mandy said...

and blogged!

Calamity Anne said...

Decisions...decisions! I love the Paula Deen 5 Qt. Porcelain Covered Saute Pan with Helper Handle in Red. You can never have too many saute pans!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

i follow, thanks for the fun giveaway.

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

i would love the kid's wooden bookcase with the one side for books. I'd want mine just plain wood with no letters. super cute.

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Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

This look beautiful !

tickledred said...

This is too pretty to eat...but that won't stop me :)

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

I so love the Hamilton Beach Eclectrics All-Metal Stand Mixer in Carmine Red...ofcourse i love kitchen aid too ...but this one is super.....

Cas said...

The dutch ovens....I have been wanting one foreva!! I have even been eyeing a knock off but I just wonder if it will be as good. I also would now like a tart pan thanks to this recipe...lol.

Cheryl said...

Another item from CSN I am dying to own is the Rachael Ray Porcelain Enamel 5-Quart Oval Saute Pan with Helper Handle in Orange

Cheryl said...

I am now following you on twitter

@HeartnSoulmom

Cheryl said...

Tweet

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3 hungry tummies said...

It screams spring! Beautiful creation!

K∂riиє* Smith. said...

Looks delicious, I would love be able to cook !
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Courtney said...

This tart pan is just what I've been wanting! Oh I hope I win it! :)
Another CSN item I'm in love with is the Emile Henry 'Bake for the Cause' 9" Pink Pie Dish.

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Courtney said...

And I am now following you on Twitter!

@lacourtney

cookies and cups said...

I love that tart pan. I did a giveaway with CSN a few weeks ago and ALMOST chose this for the giveaway!
They have a ton of stuff over there, but I would have to go for a Le Creuset dutch oven that I have been wanting for a lifetime :)
Hope I win!!

Virginia Taylors said...

Beautiful tart! Thanks for visiting my baby bakes the cake post. It was a fun one. Nice to keep in touch.

Lucie said...

Beautiful tart! I've never had one with a cream cheese filling--in France we mostly use pastry cream, so yummy!

Me and My Pink Mixer said...

Just became a follower. Love your tart - so pretty! I checked out the website I would love a Le Creuset Dutch Oven!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Cara! said...

I checked out the website and I would LOVE anything from it pretty much but a Le Creuset Dutch Oven or new Bedroom furniture or an All Clad cookware set!

Marie's Cozy Corner said...

from ff. new follower. love your blog and the food looks so good that I want some....mmmmmmm

shannon said...

I want a cucinapro 4 square belgian waffle iron!

Barbara said...

Fantastic fresh fruit tart! I
follow you publicly via Google Friends, and I lotve the "Le Creuset 5.75-Quart Oval Casserole with Lid in Cherry"!
Thanks for the giveaway!!
Barbara
ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

Barbara said...

I blogged about your giveaway #1: http://candyricettebarbare.blogspot.com/2010/03/giveaway-di-sinful-southern-sweets.html

Barbara
ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

Barbara said...

I blogged about your giveaway #2: http://candyricettebarbare.blogspot.com/2010/03/giveaway-di-sinful-southern-sweets.html

Barbara
ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

Barbara said...

I blogged about your giveaway #3: http://candyricettebarbare.blogspot.com/2010/03/giveaway-di-sinful-southern-sweets.html

Barbara
ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

momtoem said...

I like the Hamilton Beach 6-Cup Brewstation Coffee Maker
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sanjeet said...

Beautiful tart! I've never had one with a cream cheese filling--in France we mostly use pastry cream, so yummy!
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Nanbon44 said...

The tart looks soooooooo good, making me hungry.

as for another product, my little pomeranian is telling me she wants the cozy bed.

Julie said...

I follow your blog as jelaws5

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Julie said...

http://www.csnstores.com/Le-Creuset-PG1040-2416-LEC1217.html the Le Creuset 9.5 oval dish in white is another item I would like

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Topher said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

I'd love some new exercise equipment like an elliptical machine..but yeah...little expensive..oh well.

Chris

zekks at yahoo dot com

Huguette E. said...

I like the Pyrex Portable 9 Piece Double Decker Set in Navy blue.

I'm a new follower :)

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Sarah-Paige Copeland said...

I love their Dual Dry Food Dispenser, what a space age way to get your cereal in the morning!!!

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Sarah-Paige Copeland said...

I'm a new twitter follower..via candidreviewer

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Carol W. said...

I'm a follower with Google Friend Connect.
I'd love the Jaccard Safe Hands Mandolin in stainless steel.

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veterankindergartenteacher said...

Following you from Friday Follow and hope you follow me back!

biyagko_barbaru said...

Hope to make wonderful tarts this summer!

My favorite item in CSN store is Anuschka Backpack in Premium Peacock Flower! Great for summer outing

grin_mysticmermaid@hotmail.com

biyagko_barbaru said...

followed you on twitter already (novice2aica)

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biyagko_barbaru said...

tweeted here: http://twitter.com/novice2aica/status/11123187936

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Cheryl said...

Daily Tweet

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Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

Hi. I'm Barb. What a darling shop! You convinced me to make stroopwafels
& buy that p....? I saw it on Amazon! That's something I've always wanted to do..Thank you..
I found you from FF & I'm now a follower of yours.. I hope you will go to santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com
& find some ideas that might inspire you & your family/Home. I hope you will follow me too. I just finished 4 Kitchen Chairs for $1.25 ea. with black & white polka dots fabric..then 4 stools..a hutch..a table runner..& napkin holder..I couldn't stop! Ha!Ha!Anyway I have aprons,bows,vinyl lettering,one-painting,jewelry & Lots of recipes..so leave me a comment if you would & tell me what you think..Have a great day! Barb

kisieltruskawkowy said...

I love also 10.25" Square Skillet Grill in Carribean. It's so useful!


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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

The Kitchenaid stand mixer is one of the best kitchen tools ever.

I'm doing a Le Creuset stockpot giveaway and those are pretty awesome too. Put in an entry if you'd like!
Enter to win a Le Creuset 6 qt stockpot from Chic 'n Cheap Living

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I'm a Twitter follower - @cncliving

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/cncliving/status/11140737948

Anonymous said...

Oooooh girl. I need a tart dish like whoa. I love the Dutch ovens!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Ps that last post was me- anonymous. I can't log into google for some reason. natwhat@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Also I'm a follower on twitter - natwhat. :)

Candy Girl said...

This is very similar to a fruit pizza that my family requests at every function. Mine are never as beautiful as yours though!

Huguette E. said...
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Huguette E. said...

Following on twitter as @henglish

Huguette E. said...

daily tweet
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natwhat said...

Twittered: http://twitter.com/CookingSweet/status/11054467030

natwhat said...

Also I am a follower on Twitter. natwhat.

Kowanda said...

I like the All-Clad Cop-R-Chef 12" Frying Pan - 1112SS

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Kowanda said...

I follow on twitter

kwoandamcbride at yahoo dot com

Amber said...

I would love to have the Nesco / American Harvest Snackmaster Entree 5 Tray Food Dehydrator :)

ayoung3360@hotmail.com

Amber said...

I follow you on twitter @aly3360

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megan said...

I would love to get new pans from CSN stores!

megan said...

i follow you on twitter too!
www.twitter.com/whatmegansmakng

Candice said...

I follow.
I like the All-Clad 6.5 Quart Slow Cooker with Ceramic Insert.
candy3181@hotmail.com

Candice said...

I follow you on Twitter @Candy3181

Cheryl said...

Daily Tweet

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Brad said...

Thsanks for the chance to win the great tart pan, I really like Le Creuset but don't own a tart pan. I'm following you and like the Calphalon cookware at CSN.

Brad said...

I follow you on twitter and teeted the giveaway, thanks for the extra chances to win

grace said...

can i still enter? i'm gonna try! i'd like the aebelskiver pan--i've always wanted one of those!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I just tweeted http://twitter.com/cncliving/status/11188160242

Huguette E. said...

daily tweet
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Life Is A SandCastle said...

Stopping by from Friday Follow:)

check out my $35 Fantasy Jewelry Box Giveaway @ http://lifeisasandcastle.blogspot.com/2010/03/fantasy-jewelry-box-review-giveaway.html

Life Is A SandCastle said...

I like the Pyrex Basics 19 Piece Bakeware Set at CSN Stores.
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Amy said...

I love the All-Clad specialities non-stick oval bakers!

Cheryl said...

Tweet

http://twitter.com/HeartnSoulmom/status/11228265807

Abigail said...

I'd love a new cutlery set, like the Calphalon one.

http://www.csnstores.com/Calphalon-KNS21C-CPH1486.html

abigail.lee {at} gmail.com

natwhat said...

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Veronica said...

This tart looks sinful. Found your blog from Trendy Treehouse