Gluten Free Blueberry Cream Cheese Tart

This is a great recipe. The flavour of the nut crust, the cream cheese layer, and the homemade blueberry sauce is AMAZING! I do think I would do 1 1/2 times the crust though, for the pan that I used, so that it would be a little thicker. I also think I would up the cornstarch by 1 or 2 Tbsp so that it would set up faster (we only had 1 hour to complete the recipes for the Real Women of Philadelphia contest). But, considering my first time making it was when I was filming it, I think it turned out really well. And anyway, I can never make the same recipe twice, without ANY changes. I’m always tweaking and trying to improve it. Now you know what I would do next time, so you can either do it as written, or take these suggestions and try to improve upon it. :)

Gluten-free Blueberry Cream Cheese Tart with a naturally gluten-free Nut Crust | The Baking Beauties
4 more sleeps until the final two dessert finalists are announced. Yes, I’m still hoping, wishing and praying for a trip to Toronto to join the 15 other ladies for a cook-off. It would be something so out of the ordinary for me, I think it would be a fantastic experience. Plus, how good would that look on a resume, huh? I think it would perk it up a bit. :)


This Gluten Free Blueberry Cream Cheese Tart is naturally gluten-free and filled with wonderful flavours. You ‘can’ use a bought pie filling instead of the blueberry sauce, but I don’t think it would taste as good. The cream cheese layer in this tart is so light, and so creamy, and it pairs perfectly with the homemade blueberry sauce.
Gluten Free Blueberry Cream Cheese Tart
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Serves: 10
 
You ‘can’ use a bought pie filling instead of the blueberry sauce, but I don’t think it would taste as good. The cream cheese layer in this tart is so light, and so creamy, and it pairs perfectly with the homemade blueberry sauce.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cups blueberries (defrosted if frozen)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dream Whip powder
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons toasted almond slivers
  • 2 tablespoons toasted coconut
  • 2 tablespoons melted white chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the chopped pecans until they are about the size of a lentil. Add the brown sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Pulse again until well blended. While the food processor is running, pour the melted butter into the mixer, and run until the mixture is all wet and well blended.
  3. Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 6×10-inch tart pan (or an 8″ pie plate). Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in the fridge.
  4. In a small saucepan, stir to combine 1/2 cup white sugar and cornstarch. Add the water, and bring to a boil. Add the blueberries, and over medium heat, while stirring, let the mixture boil until thickened. Stir in the almond extract. Transfer to another bowl and place in the fridge to chill, stirring occasionally.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, lemon juice, Dream Whip powder and heavy cream until smooth and creamy.
  6. Once the tart shell is cooled, carefully spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the bottom of the tart.
  7. Top the cream cheese layer with the cooled blueberry sauce.
  8. Sprinkle the top with toasted almond slivers, toasted coconut, and drizzle with melted white chocolate. (Optional)
  9. Refrigerate for another 30 minutes. Carefully remove from tart pan, and place on serving tray. Slice, serve and enjoy.

 

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20 Responses to Gluten Free Blueberry Cream Cheese Tart

  1. Sue J. June 11, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    I was just writing my sister about going to pick fresh blueberries before our trip to the beach. This would be a wonderful dish to make there. Thank you!!

  2. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties June 11, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    @Sue J. Ah, perfect timing for you then! :) You're welcome, Enjoy!

  3. Carolyn June 11, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Jeanine, it looks amazing! Good luck with the contest. For what it's worth, I thnk you are a shue in!

  4. charlotte mgcc June 11, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    Jeanine, I am increasing impressed at you ability to come up with beautiful and creative ideas for this contest. If you don't win, I don't know what else they could possibly be looking for. I wish you much success in what you are trying to achieve and I hope you are one of the finalists.
    Good luck with everything. I have referred you to many people who are following a gluten free diet. I think your is one of the best out there!! Hands down.

  5. Sarah June 11, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Every time I think "This is my favorite." This is my favorite. I love the top picture too!

  6. Carol@easytobeglutenfree June 11, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Wow, that looks incredible! My favorite kind of dessert – fruity and creamy!

  7. ~ Lyndsay The Kitchen Witch June 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    Jeanine, this is a recipe I will definitely be making – AMAZING! I love blueberries. I am hoping, and sending good TOWANDA that we get to meet in TO.

    xoxo

  8. betty r June 11, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    Oh so many great recipes, Jeanine..those cinnamon buns you made smelled heavenly but I resisted and never had a bite..I shall not be so generous next time and will sample!! lol
    Hope you are one of the dessert finalists..you've got my vote!!

  9. Anonymous June 13, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    I just picked up a 5 lb box of saskatoon berries at the farmers market. Will try this recipe using saskatoons!
    Carrie

  10. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties June 15, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    @Carolyn, Thank you, Carolyn. :)

  11. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties June 15, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    @charlotte mgcc, Thank you so much, Charlotte, your comments mean a lot to me. :)

  12. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties June 15, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    @Sarah, Thanks Sarah! I hope you're enjoying the recipes. :)

  13. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties June 15, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    @Carol@easytobeglutenfree, Carol, creamy & fruity are a GREAT combination! Enjoy!

  14. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties June 15, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    @~ Lyndsay The Kitchen Witch, Thank you, Lyndsay! Make sure to take the notes that I added up top into account…increase the crust (for a 6×8 tart pan, at least), as well as the cornstarch). TOWANDA!

  15. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties June 15, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    @betty r, Betty, you were able to resist cinnamon buns…I knew you were a strong woman, but Wow! Good for you! ;)

  16. Jeanine - The Baking Beauties June 15, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    @Anonymous, Carrie, Saskatoons would be awesome in place of the blueberries!

  17. Barbara Woolums March 28, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    Hello, would love to try this recipe but we don’t have Dream Whip powder here in Australia, can I leave it out, or is there something I can use instead?

    • Jeanine March 28, 2012 at 6:40 am #

      Hi Barbara, you can most certainly omit it, it just helps to give some stability to the whipping cream.

  18. Yuko February 14, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    I am making this right now :) What is the almond extract for?

    • Jeanine Friesen February 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

      Sorry, Yuko, the almond extract is to be stirred into the blueberry topping. I’ve added it to the directions now. Thanks for asking!

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