on saturday, we got together with my parents and my grandfather for a lunch picnic on our back porch. my grandfather lives in arizona, so we rarely get to see him. however, for the past several weeks he has been on the east coast visiting his relatives in different states. we were happy to be able to spend some time with him while he was here in pennsylvania.
after lunch, we enjoyed dessert on our back porch while sitting and talking. it was so nice.
for dessert we made a peaches and cream tart.
in addition to graham crackers, there were toasted almonds in the tart crust. the toasted almonds gave the crust a great depth of flavor. the cream cheese filling was similar to a cheesecake. the fresh peach slices on top tasted just like summer. this tart was the perfect warm weather treat.
peaches and cream tart
prep time: 10-15 minutes
baking time: 25-30 minutes
yields: one 9-inch round tart
adapted from black dog food blog
1 sleeve (about 9-10 crackers) graham crackers
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons salted butter, melted
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sour cream
1 large egg
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 ripe medium peaches
1 tablespoon peach preserves
1 teaspoon water
preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
to make the crust, in the bowl of a food processor combine the graham crackers, toasted almonds, and sugar. process until fine. add the melted butter and pulse until all of the crumbs are evenly moistened. press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch round tart pan with a removable bottom. bake for 10 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.
to make the filling, in a medium bowl combine the cream cheese, sour cream, egg, and sugar. whisk together with an electric hand mixer until smooth. pour the filling into the crust and bake for 15-20 minutes, until set. place the tart on a wire cooling rack and allow the tart it to cool.
once the tart has cooled completely, peel the peaches and cut them into thin slices. arrange the peach slices on top of the tart. in a small saucepan, heat the peach preserves with the water over medium-low heat (about 1 minute). brush the preserves over the peach slices for a glossy look.