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Berry Puff Pastry Tart – Patriotic Dessert

This Berry Puff Pastry Tart is the perfect 4th of July or Memorial Day dessert! It is so easy to make, especially when using frozen puff pastry dough.

You’ll love the cheesecake filling, which is similar to our Cream Cheese Danish, but even easier. Top this with fresh strawberries and blueberries for an easy patriotic flag cake.

Berry Puff Pastry Tart with Flag Pattern

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Happy Fourth of July!

Independence Day is America’s birthday and this special day is also my husband’s birthday. Patriotic, 4th of July themed desserts are super fun to make. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out our No-Bake Patriotic Trifle with star-shaped berries on top, and don’t forget the Strawberry Lemonade!

Puff Pastry is the Easiest Tart Crust:

We love fruit tarts and this puff pastry tart couldn’t be easier! We used a frozen sheet of puff pastry, thawed to room temperature, and scored the edges to create a border. The crispy flaky layers of pastry with the cream cheese center and tangy fruit remind me of our Peach Cream Cheese Danish.

Ingredients for puff pastry berry tart

What’s the Best Fruit for Tarts?

You can use a variety of fruits to make a fruit tart so you can customize this for just about any holiday – from Valentine’s Day to Thanksgiving. Our favorite fruits for tarts are:

  • Berries – any kind (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)
  • Stone fruit – peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, cherries
  • Kiwi – for a fun pop of green color
  • Mango – try topping it like we did Mango Cake
  • Citrus – clementine sections

Berries on tart

How to Make this Patriotic Dessert:

1. Make the Crust: Thaw puff pastry and roll into a 10×12” rectangle and score a 1/2″ border with a pizza cutter. Poke holes all over the center with a fork. Bake at 400˚F for 20 minutes then remove and cool.

step by step how to prepare puff pastry for tart

2. Cheesecake Filling: With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, cream and vanilla for 2 minutes or until smooth and whipped.

3. Flag Cake Design: Arrange blueberries for the stars and raspberries for the stripes. We are missing a stripe only because we ran out of space.

Making the cheesecake filling and arranging berries on fruit tart

Can I Make this Tart Ahead?

We love how crisp and flaky the crust on the day it is made. This danish keeps well if using fresh (un-cut fruit) so you can make it a day ahead. After about a day, the berries will start to soften.

You can also make the crust and fill with cream cheese and refrigerate for 2 to 3 days then top with berries before serving.

Assembled patriotic flag tart

More Puff Pastry Desserts:

Using a pre-made dough is an easy shortcut for desserts. We always have some frozen puff pastry on hand to make our favorite puff pastry desserts.

Berry Puff Pastry Tart (Patriotic Dessert)

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Berry Puff Pastry Tart with Flag Pattern

This Berry Puff Pastry Tart is the perfect patriotic flag dessert! It is so easy to make, especially when using frozen puff pastry dough. You'll love the cheesecake filling making it a cheesecake tart.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8-$10
Keyword: fourth of july dessert, puff pastry tart
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Calories: 315 kcal
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 8 1/2 oz puff pastry sheet thawed according to package instructions
  • 6 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 2 cups raspberries

Instructions

  1. While puff pastry thaws, preheat oven to 400˚F. Place thawed puff pastry sheet over a lightly floured sheet of parchment or silat and roll dough into a 10x12” rectangle.
  2. Transfer the dough and parchment paper to a baking sheet. Score the dough 1/2" from the borders with a pizza cutter or a knife, making sure not to cut all the way through. The 1/2" strips should still be attached and when baked, it will create a border.
  3. Using a fork, poke all around the bottom of the pastry (do not poke the 1/2" border). Bake in the center of a preheated oven at 400˚F for about 20 minutes or until browned then remove and cool to room temperature.
  4. Beat cream cheese with 2/3 cup sugar and 2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream and 1/2 tsp vanilla until smooth and whipped (2 minutes on high speed). Spoon over the center of the cooled pastry and spread evenly (keep the border clean for a pretty presentation).

  5. Arrange berries over the top in a flag pattern and dust with powdered sugar if desired. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Berries will keep well up to a day in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Berry Puff Pastry Tart (Patriotic Dessert)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 145mg6%
Potassium 104mg3%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 358IU7%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Laura Reese
    July 6, 2020

    The puff pastry made this so simple to make! The berries and frosting really are delicious.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 6, 2020

      Isn’t it so great! I love how easy and tasty this recipe is!

      Reply

  • wendy prayag-helene
    July 6, 2020

    Hi Natasha i did a 4th july theme here in London last saturday and this came out super great and my friends were well impressed !! thanks for all the great recipe/ideas

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 6, 2020

      So wonderful to know that, Wendy! Thanks for giving this recipe a try.

      Reply

  • Sona
    July 3, 2020

    Hi Natasha, love your recipes!

    I just have pie crust. Is there much difference in the textures? Can I use the pie crust instead or would it not come out right?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      July 3, 2020

      Hi Sona, I think that could work with a pre-baked pie crust. Let me know if you experiment!

      Reply

  • Stephanie
    July 1, 2020

    So festive but sooo delicious! The cream cheese frosting with the berries was incredible!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 1, 2020

      Super! I’m so glad you loved this recipe and thanks for your great review, Stephanie.

      Reply

  • Beth
    July 1, 2020

    That looks party worthy. I am going to make it for my family for the holiday! I can’t wait!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 1, 2020

      I hope you love it!

      Reply

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