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Stars and Stripes Mixed Berry Tart

This 4th of July Berry Tart Recipe is simple, beautiful, and delicious. Patriotic colors and summery flavors combine to make this the perfect 4th of July dessert.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes (excluding chilling time)
Makes: 6 servings
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300g plain flour
150g cold unsalted butter, diced
40g icing sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp water


300g strawberries
300g raspberries
300g blueberries

60g cornflour
125g caster sugar
1 tbsp Cassis
1 egg, beaten
  1. To make the pastry. Put the flour, sugar and butter into a food processor. Whiz until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Mix the egg and water together. Add to the processor and whiz together for 5 minutes until the pastry comes together.
  2. Roll our two thirds of the pastry and line a 10” round loose bottom flan pastry case and prick the sides and base. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Line the tin with baking paper and add baking beans. Blind bake the tart for 15 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and bake for another 5 to 8 minutes until the pastry is cooked. Set aside.
  4. To make the filling. Put the caster sugar and 2 tbsp water in a saucepan. Stir over a low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  5. Reserve 50g of each fruit. Put the remaining fruit into the pan. Heat for 4 to 5 minutes until some of the fruit juices have released.
  6. Mix the cornflour in a bowl with the cassis and 4 tbsp of water . Stir until smooth and runny. Carefully pour in the liquid from the pan (keeping the fruits still in the pan) and stir well.
  7. Pour the cornflour liquid back into the pan. Bring up to simmering point, stirring all the time until the mixture has thickened. Pour into the pastry case. Arrange the reserved blueberries on one side and the red fruits on the other side.
  8. Roll out the remaining third of the pastry. Cut out stars and stripes. Decorate the surface to make an American flag. Brush with beaten egg.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes until golden and cooked through.
  10. Leave to cool for 30 minutes – 1 hour before serving.

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