Lemons and blueberries are abundant this summer, who can resist something showcasing this duo of delightful sweet and sour. Two of my favorite pairings come together for a quick and easy Lemon Cookie Blueberry Tart.
Strangely, I have become more attached to lemons this season, there is always a basket on the counter full of these yellow delights. Just love the color they offer. Growing up in the south, they made an exceptional accompaniment to a good ole fashion glass of sweet tea, I might say.
My inspiration comes from one of my favorite lemon cookie recipes that is super lemony and delicious. And also, my refrigerator full of blueberries just crying out for a dessert in which to honor its presence! Tart was the first idea that came to mind, remembering when was the last tart I had? Some time ago, so it couldn’t be more fitting to revisit this culinary delight.
Lemon Cookie- Crust
Decided to go a bit untraditional for a crust on this tart with some lemon cookies I had leftover in the freezer. They are super lemony and crunchy, perfect for a crust that provides all the lemon flavor.
Lemon Cookie Crust
- 7 oz of lemon cookies
- 3 TBS melted unsalted butter
- This makes for a 6″ tart, a smaller version from the standard tart pan
I grind up the cookies in a mini chopper; hey a Nutri Bullet works great too! Combined with the butter, this provides a “cracker crumb” consistency that is placed in the tart pan very easily. Very similar to making a graham cracker cheesecake base. You can use any of your favorite cookies. I have an equally wonderful orange cookie recipe that would be just as delicious I bet….
After pressed into the tart pan, it takes a trip into the oven and baked at 350 for about 8-10 minutes till very lightly browned, then cooled completely.
This is probably the hardest part of this recipe, even at that it is pretty easy 🙂
Blueberry Filling-NO BAKE CHEAT
Time to highlight those luscious and juicy blueberries in the fridge. Have you noticed that the largest blueberries are also the sweetest? When I’m at the market I look for the larger berries over the smaller ones. This is a great write up on blueberries.
Hands down, this is super simple for a quick blueberry pie filling you can have ready in a jiff.
All you need is a few simple ingredients:
No Bake Blueberry Filling
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup blueberry jam
- 2 TBS cold water
- 1/2 tsp clear gelatin powder
- Water and gelatin get whisked to combine, this is called blooming the gelatin (softening up) for a few minutes till congealed. The gelatin will thicken as it sits
- Stovetop simple, the jam is heated just till bubbly on medium low in small saucepan
- Remove from the heat
- Gelatin is added and whisked to dissolved ( the heat does a nice job of dissolving the once congealed mixture)
- Blueberries are added and coated thoroughly
- Blueberry mixture is poured into the crust
- Refrigerated 4-5 hours till firmed up
Inspiration Two: Blueberry Jam
I have a wonderful friend who makes the best jams and jellies. A few months back, she gave me a super tasty blueberry jam and this is perfect for this tart! Not too sweet, but bursting with fruit and I knew it would be a great marriage for this recipe.
Also, I use just a little gelatin to tighten up the filling just a bit so it does not ooze too much once the pie is cut. The gelatin is a bit variable, use a little less if you like your pie a little runny.
Lemon Cream Topping
Finishing off this simple Blueberry Lemon Cookie Tart is a simple lemon cream. Simply whipping cream with a touch of powdered sugar and fresh lemon juice. Typically fresh cream mixed with powdered sugar is what’s knows as a Chantilly cream (fancy term) in the baking and pastry world.
Lemon Chantilly Cream
- 1/2 cup whipping cream, chilled
- 1 TBS powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp lemon juice (I love fresh) Save the zest for garnish
The cream is whipped with the sugar and lemon juice and whipped till stiff, but not over whipped.
I take the cream and place in a piping bag with a star tip. Rosettes are piped around the perimeter of the tart and sprinkled with lemon zest.
Give this Lemon Cookie Blueberry Tart a try!
Makes for a great summertime tart filled with the seasons best offerings!
Here are a few more of my favorite Blueberry favorites: