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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Apple Turnovers – the filling tastes like apple pie
- Cream Cheese Danishes – with berries and lemon glaze
- Peach Tartlets – so easy and pretty with fresh peaches
- Apple Cinnamon Slab Pie – apples wrapped in flaky pastry
- Cream Horns – Mom’s recipe and a childhood favorite
Berry Puff Pastry Tart (Patriotic Dessert)
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.
- 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
While puff pastry thaws, preheat oven to 400˚F. Place thawed puff pastry sheet over a lightly floured sheet of parchment or silpat and roll dough into a 10x12” rectangle.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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Can you layer lemon curd below the cream cheese layer? Thoughts?
Hi Hilda, I haven’t tested that to advise on the outcome. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.
LOVE your recipes!!! Two questions:
1) Can I substitute mascarpone cheese for the cream cheese?
2) If I wanted the “cheese” filling to be lemon-flavored, how could I achieve that?
Hi Shannel. I have not tested this to advise. Cream cheese is often used in place of Mascarpone when not available so I think it could work but I am not sure if you will need to adjust any of the other ingredient quantities. It’s definitely worth experimenting with. Please let us know how it turns out. For lemon flavor, adding fresh lemon zest and/or lemon extract would do the trick.
I was in a pinch yesterday as I had people come over for wine and cheese, so decided to make this. It came out so good and was so easy to make. It’s delicious, very light, and so perfect for the summer!
That is fantastic! Great to hear that the recipe was a hit, thank you for your review, Irina.
The puff pastry made this so simple to make! The berries and frosting really are delicious.
Isn’t it so great! I love how easy and tasty this recipe is!
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
So wonderful to know that, Wendy! Thanks for giving this recipe a try.
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?
Hi Sona, I think that could work with a pre-baked pie crust. Let me know if you experiment!
So festive but sooo delicious! The cream cheese frosting with the berries was incredible!
Super! I’m so glad you loved this recipe and thanks for your great review, Stephanie.
That looks party worthy. I am going to make it for my family for the holiday! I can’t wait!
I hope you love it!