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Berry-picking, Rellies and A Blackberry Vanilla Tart

Sunday morning I awoke to a quiet, sunshiny world, already warm and sultry. I donned a favorite sundress and headed out through the dewy grass to the blackberry bushes on the creek bank. They were absolutely dripping with berries, like clusters of jewels against the tangle of vines and prickles.

In no time at all I had a bowl full of ripe berries, juicy and fragrant in the warm morning air. I knew just what I wanted to do with them.

My brother and sis-in-law were visiting so I decided a Blackberry Vanilla Tart with a Maple Crust was in order. I thought it would go rather splendidly with Mum’s scrumptious Roast Chicken Dinner and Sunday afternoon movies.  In the process of making it I learned something: frozen cream cheese that has been thawed does NOT work as well as refrigerated cream cheese that has been softened. Something happens to the texture rendering it a tad grainy. It tasted dandy but next time I’m using softened, not thawed, cream cheese.

Oh! I forgot to tell you about my new guest post up at TheTravelBelles.  It’s all about a charming little place in Greece called Mouse Island. Click here to read and leave a comment if you like.  🙂

How has your week been? Any unexpected happinesses along the way? 🙂

Blackberry Vanilla Tart with Maple Crust

2 cups fresh blackberries
1 package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Crust:

1 cup whole grain flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp maple extract
1/2 cup butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Blend cream cheese, coconut milk, maple syrup and maple extract until smooth. Set aside but do not chill.
  3. Mix all crust ingredients, add a little flour if too soft. Press evenly into 9-inch tart pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until crust is golden brown.
  4. Let crust cool, then spread cream mixture in the bottom and top with fruit. Chill until ready to serve.
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Kat - Hey, if you pick some extra blackberries, Saturday morning I’ll come over and we can make some blackberry cordial! I’m afraid I don’t have time to go picking this week till Saturday.

Duchess - You had me at coconut milk! What a fabulous addition!!!!

Joanne - If I had blackberries that pretty living near me, I would be inspired by them to no end. Your tart is just lovely! The perfect thing to share with friends and family.

Jen Cheung - this is soooooo fresh! Look at every one of those berries!! yumm

Have a lovely day!!
Jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca

Faith - blackbarries are one of my favorite fruits. the bowl looks amazing!

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Krista - Me too, Rosa. 🙂 So glad you like it. 🙂

Krista - Thank you, Elra. 🙂 It’s so nice to have the bushes just a few steps away from my house. 🙂

Krista - Ohhhh, I LOVE that, Katie!! French Fries are my favorite cheer up food too. 🙂 What a lovely hubby you have. 🙂

Rosa - I love blackberries and that tart looks delightful!



elra - That look very pretty. I never really done berry picking, I mean I’ve done it, but in my own backyard 🙂

Katie@Cozydelicious - What a beautiful tart! I love that you use coconut milk in the custard. Yum! Unexpected berry picking is just the best kind of happy discovery! I am jealous! My happy moment of late went in a totally different direction. We have been packing like crazy to move next week and just as I was dust covered and sweaty and couldn’t take any more, my wonderful husband wisked me off to our favorite bar for beer and french fries. Sometimes you just need fries!

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