Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tart

A Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tart is a simple, delicious way to show off all the season’s best berries. A creamy mascarpone filling, a hint of fresh lemon, and four kinds of berries, all on top of a sweet shortbread crust! 

A Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tart is a simple, delicious way to show off all the season's best berries. Simple and incredibly delicious.

This post was written by MBA contributor, Allison of the lovely blog, Some the Wiser. I hope you love this mascarpone tart as much as I do!

It’s officially summer break here! On the last day of school I picked up the kids with our summer theme song blaring in the car, their scooters in the trunk, and a plan to take them and a pizza to the park. I thought we’d celebrate. It didn’t quite go like that though.

A Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tart is a simple, delicious way to show off all the season's best berries. Simple and perfect for summer entertaining!

Instead of running out the school doors looking for freedom after that last bell rang, they came trudging out with tears in their eyes. They cried the whole way to the park. Then, they cried while they rode their scooters around their favorite paths at the park until I finally gave up. I thought it would be super fun, but it was a super bust.

I guess my kids just really love school.

It took a few days after their tragic last day of school, but they are finally excited about summer. Taking them to the farmer’s market’s grand opening for the season helped too. We left with a basket full of berries and big summer plans. A Fresh Berry Mascarpone Tart could surely make anyone feel excited for the season ahead.

A Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tart is a simple, delicious way to show off all the season's best berries. A summer must-make!

The fresh berries tasted amazing all by themselves and I knew it wouldn’t take much to make a great dessert. I started with a simple, short bread crust. I didn’t want a fussy crust, just something easy that I could press into the pan. Plus, I’m a sucker for a delicious cookie crust.

The mascarpone filling is creamy, lightly sweet, and has just a hint of lemon to accent the berries. As you’re eating it, you’ll notice it actually melts in your mouth. It’s perfection, really.

The berries are the real star of the show though. We used fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Their bright colors make them a feast for the eyes. Their juicy sweet berry flavors make them the quintessential summer dessert.

A Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tart is a simple, delicious way to show off all the season's best berries. Perfect for summer!

The nice thing about this Fresh Berry Mascarpone Tart is that it looks like a real showstopper, but it’s actually quite easy to make. The press-in crust is quick and easy, just a few minutes in the oven. The filling is no-bake and so easy to mix up that I put the kids in charge of that part.

It’s the perfect dessert to take to all your summer gatherings and potlucks this year. We’ve already found three occasions to whip up this Fresh Berry Mascarpone Tart and the summer is just getting started here!

For more delicious ways to use summer berries, be sure to check out these Berry Cookie Cups, No Bake Lemon Ice Box Cake, and these Blueberry Doughnut Muffins!

Fresh Berry Mascarpone Tart

Yield: 1 (9 inch) tart

Prep Time: 1 hour (including rest time)

Cook Time: 15 minutes

   

Ingredients:

For the Crust:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Filling:
  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound fresh berries, washed, hulled, and sliced as desired

Directions:

  1. To prepare the crust, whisk together the flour and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, using a standing mixer or electric hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Mix in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture on low speed until just incorporated, being careful to not over mix. Use your hands to shape the dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9 inch tart pan with removable bottom.
  3. Once the dough has chilled, press the dough into the tart pan and up the sides. Use a knife to score the edges and make them even at the top. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until the edges begin to lightly brown. If it has puffed up a little during baking, just gently press it down when you remove from oven. Cool completely in pan.
  4. To prepare the filling, combine the mascarpone, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla in a small bowl and mix until smooth. Spread mixture evenly in cooled tart shell, then top with berries. Garnish with lemon zest.

Notes:

In the photos, I arranged the berries in a pretty design on top of the tart. But when I serve this tart, I top the whole tart with fresh berries so every slice gets a good mix of berries.

by Allison

Hi, I'm Allison! I'm the author of Some the Wiser, where I chronicle my journey as a single mother with four hungry mouths to feed. Living life deliberately isn't always easy, but it helps when you have good food to eat!

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24 Responses to “Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tart”

  1. Charlie — June 8, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Wow! This looks absolutely phenomenal! I am not usually a “tart” type of baker per say, but I am definitely going to start now! What a treat this looks like. Thank you for sharing.

    Charlie @ http://www.ArmMyKitchen.com

    Reply

    • Jamie — June 8, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you, Charlie! Let me know how you like it!

  2. Peppermint Dolly — June 8, 2017 at 3:51 am

    I adore how you’ve styled this, it looks stunning and completely yum!!

    Rebecca
    xx
    http://www.peppermintdolly.com

    Reply

    • Jamie — June 8, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you, Rebecca!

  3. Kelly | Maverick Baking — June 8, 2017 at 6:44 am

    My word this looks DELICIOUS. You’ve got me craving dessert and it’s not even lunch time here yet! I love how simple this tart is, a sweetened mascarpone filling sounds absolutely heavenly with the fruit and short crust base!

    Reply

    • Jamie — June 8, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you, Kelly!

  4. Roseanne — June 8, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Oh my, this looks so light and delicious. I’m glad the kids got over their last day of school. My bestie is a first grade teacher and she cries every year when saying goodbye. ~smile~
    Roseanne

    Reply

    • Jamie — June 8, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you, Roseanne!

  5. Lorayne — June 8, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    That’s gorgeous!! It definitely sets the tone for the start of a great Summer! Being half Italian I’m a HUGE fan of Tiramisu… Therefore using mascarpone in any other dessert surely peeks my interest. Thank you for sharing.

    Reply

    • Jamie — June 8, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      You’re welcome, Lorayne!

  6. Katherine — June 9, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Such a pretty tart! Thank you for sharing. :)
    And I thought you were joking about your kids crying after the last day of school! I guess it’s good that they love school so much, right? :)

    Reply

    • Jamie — June 11, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you, Katherine!

  7. Melissa Novotny — June 10, 2017 at 6:50 am

    These look absolutely amazing! I seriously want to try these.

    Reply

    • Jamie — June 11, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you, Melissa!

  8. Deanna Walker — June 10, 2017 at 11:09 am

    This looks so good!  I’m going to make this for our 4th of July gathering.  Can’t wait!

    Reply

    • Jamie — June 11, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Let me know how you like it, Deanna!

  9. Kathryn — June 13, 2017 at 5:05 pm

     I was excited to try this but after  mixing the marscapone it didn’t look smooth like a cheesecake recipe. Is that to be expected? 

    Reply

  10. Christina — June 22, 2017 at 1:44 am

    I made it yesterday and it’s absolutely delish! Thank you so much for sharing! 

    Reply

    • Jamie — June 23, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Wonderful, Christina! I’m so glad you liked it!

  11. Marianne — June 29, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Hi Jamie, the tart looks so yummy! :) Can I make it a day before serving? I also thought to make it gluten free.

    Reply

  12. Suzanne — July 4, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    This is so beautiful! I just made it for the first time!! I’ll let you know how I did later. Happy Fourth of July

    Reply

    • Jamie — July 7, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Let me know how you enjoyed it, Suzanne!

  13. Beth R. — July 14, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I made this for a girls night this week and everyone loved it! it was simple to make, and the crust is amazing! I did add a bit of honey to the cream, it just didn’t taste what I expected it to, so a couple teaspoons did the trick. I am making again for a work pot luck, this time making in a rectangle pan so it can be cut into more slices.

    Reply

    • Jamie — July 14, 2017 at 10:44 am

      I love the idea of adding honey, Beth! It sounds perfect!

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