Sweeten Your Summer Meals with This Rustic Nectarine-Blueberry Tart

Sweeten Your Summer Meals with This Rustic Nectarine-Blueberry Tart

Summer and stone fruits just go hand-in-hand, and this rustic blueberry and nectarine tart is a great way to show those beauties off. This sheet-tray bake is great to pull out as a light (yet so pretty!) dessert after dinner, but it also works well for an elegant breakfast or brunch. And if you’re worried about whipping up the crust on a hot day, don’t be. The dough used here is easy to work with even in hot temperatures when a more butter-rich base would tear or stick.

The recipe calls for nectarines and blueberries, but you can really use this formula to improvise your own combo of choice based on whatever is looking good where you are. Pitted cherries are a great sub for the blueberries when in season, and any stone fruit can be sliced up to take the place of the nectarines. We also advise a layer of ricotta cheese in the nectarine tart; vegans can try a DIY or store-bought nut version, or that layer could even be omitted entirely, though the finished product will likely lack some of the silkiness and moisture the ricotta brings to the table.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 0.25-oz. pkg. active yeast
  • 2 large eggs (or equivalent substitute), at room temperature
  • 4 Tbs. dairy or vegan butter, melted
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbs. grated lemon zest

Toppings

  • 1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 4 yellow nectarines, pitted and cut into 8 wedges each
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries

Preparation

1. To make Crust: Stir sugar and yeast into 1/2 cup warm (110°F) water. Let stand 5 minutes, or until cloudy.

2. Whisk together eggs and butter in bowl. Whisk in yeast mixture.

3. Combine flour, salt, and zest in bowl. Stir in yeast mixture until soft dough forms. Cover bowl with kitchen towel; set in warm place until doubled in size (about 1 hour).

4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat large baking sheet with cooking spray. Punch down dough, and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Press into large rectangle, leaving edges thicker, like a pizza crust.

5. To make Toppings: Whisk together ricotta, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and salt in bowl. Spread ricotta mixture over dough, and arrange nectarine wedges in rows. Sprinkle tart with blueberries. Bake 30 minutes, or until Crust is crisp and browned on sides and bottom. Serve warm or at room temperature.