The Little Epicurean

Jun 15 2017

Nectarine Puff Pastry Tarts

Nectarine Puff Pastry Tart with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese

My husband claims these nectarine puff pastry tarts tastes like a better Toaster Strudel. At first I was disappointed and a bit offended. How could these tarts made with fresh fruit be compared to that thing? First of all, I’m not the biggest fan of Toaster Strudel. Growing up, I was a Pop-Tarts fiend. And to be completely honest, I still love Pop-Tarts. The frosted brown sugar cinnamon ones are still a favorite. However, I limit myself to a handful a year. (I have this healthier homemade apple cinnamon pop tart recipe!)

After finishing off one puff pastry tart in less than 90 seconds, Alex proceeded to explain. His comment was actually a compliment. He loves Toaster Strudel’s flakey crust and gooey filling. The flakey puff pastry with the tasty vanilla cream cheese and sweet fruit reminded him of happy childhood breakfasts. Nectarine Puff Pastry Tart with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese

I always have a stash of frozen puff pastry sheets in the freezer. They’re a super versatile and easy to use product. I buy them precut in 5-inch square sheets. If you buy the larger sheets, simply cut the puff pastry to your desired size. You can also bake a larger puff pastry tart and slice into servings afterward.

Start by defrosting the frozen puff pastry sheet. Use a knife to score a border about 1 centimeter away from the edges. Be careful not to completely cut through the puff pastry sheet. Spread the vanilla cream cheese within the scored border. Top with nectarine slices and sprinkle with a little bit of turbinado sugar. I sliced the nectarine very thin, but you can slice it thicker if you prefer. Pop them in a hot oven and within 30 minutes you’ll have a delicious home baked treat that rivals those baked goods from your favorite coffee shop.

Nectarine Puff Pastry Tart with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese

Nectarine Puff Pastry Tart with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese

Asides from nectarines and other stone fruits, this recipe works well with sliced strawberries or apples. A few years ago I made a similar version with blackberries and honey cream cheese.

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Nectarine Puff Pastry Tarts with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese

Yield: six 5-inch square pastries

Ingredients:

  • 6 5-ich square puff pastry sheets*, thawed
  • 6-8 small nectarines, sliced into thin wedges
  • 3 teaspoons turbinado sugar
  • vanilla bean cream cheese (recipe follows)

Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste, or 1/2 vanilla bean scraped
  • pinch of fine sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Score a 1 cm border around the puff pastry square. Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons of vanilla cream cheese on each square, staying within the scored border.
  3. Place nectarine slices on top of cream cheese. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of turbinado sugar over nectarine slices.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until puff pastry is golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before dusting with powdered sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese: Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar, vanilla paste, and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined.

NOTES:

  • I use puff pastry that is already cut down to 5-inch squares. You can buy a large sheet of frozen puff pastry and cut it down to your desired size.
  • Store leftover puff pastry tarts in the fridge. Reheat in a toaster oven.

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Nectarine Puff Pastry Tart with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese

23 Responses to “Nectarine Puff Pastry Tarts”

  1. June 15, 2017
    10:24 am

    i definitely would have been like, EXCUSE ME, TOASTER STRUDELS??, too. my brother’s like that, and compliments things if they taste packaged (to him, something tasting like kraft mac and cheese is a good thing).

  2. June 15, 2017
    11:50 am

    Omg! Nectarine pastry tarts with the cream cheese, sounds yummy. . Aww, your pics look so delish. Definitely going to try to make these.

  3. June 15, 2017
    11:58 am
    Benita says...

    This looks wonderful and easy to make, I can’t wait to try it.

  4. June 15, 2017
    1:54 pm

    Ah that sounds delicious! I love baking with puff pastry! So quick and easy but still looks and tastes beautifully. Thanks for sharing, I will be trying this recipe soon!
    xx, Theresa

  5. June 15, 2017
    5:03 pm
    Ashley says...

    These look absolutely amazing! I love nectarines and think this would be the perfect summer dessert!

  6. June 15, 2017
    5:34 pm

    These are so beautiful! Can’t wait to grab some nectarines and make these :)

  7. June 15, 2017
    6:33 pm

    These tarts are so elegant!

  8. June 15, 2017
    6:59 pm

    These look amazing! I am loving the combo of puff pastry and the vanilla cream cheese! YUM!

  9. June 15, 2017
    7:40 pm

    Those are gorgeous! Puff pastry is one of my all-time weaknesses and combined with nectarines it’s heavenly!

  10. June 16, 2017
    12:00 am
    Mal says...

    These look absolutely amazing!! I’m going to try them but sub in peaches for nectarines cause that’s what I have on hand :)

  11. June 16, 2017
    12:06 am

    These tarts look beyond beautiful and I’ve got a nectarine in the fridge that needs using up. Yay!

  12. June 16, 2017
    6:38 am
    Cathy says...

    I LOVE this idea! They would be delicious right out of the oven with some vanilla ice cream on top….!

  13. June 16, 2017
    7:35 am

    What an elegant dessert! Perfect for summer entertaining.

  14. June 16, 2017
    9:21 am
    Julie says...

    Wow I really cannot wait to try these! This looks so delicious.
    Julie * http://www.hdthreviews.com

  15. June 16, 2017
    9:52 am

    This is such an elegant looking dessert. A little whipped cream and you’re done!

  16. June 16, 2017
    10:24 am
    Angie says...

    That looks so wonderfully delicious! YUM!

  17. June 16, 2017
    10:38 am
    Brianne says...

    Oh wow these look SO good! I may need to attempt this!

  18. June 16, 2017
    11:46 am

    Oh WOW!! These look absolutely amaaaazing! YUM!!!

  19. June 16, 2017
    12:21 pm
    Sharon says...

    They squares look exactly like the one’s that my local french bakery makes. Now I can start making them at home, instead! Thanks for recipes!

  20. June 16, 2017
    9:56 pm

    Your Nectarine Puff Pastry Tarts are so amazing! I literally had to stop and pin it to Pinterest. This is the ideal recipe for graduations, Father’s Day, 4th of July and beautiful celebrations of all sorts. Thank you for sharing your recipe and gorgeous images. :-)

  21. June 18, 2017
    5:58 pm

    What gorgeous tarts! Obsessing over that vanilla bean cream!

  22. June 18, 2017
    7:56 pm
    Cat says...

    Mmmm this puff pastry recipe looks so delicious! Definitely saving it to Pinterest for later!

  23. June 22, 2017
    11:13 am

    These tarts are so appetizing! Great job!

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