Skip Nav
Vegetarian
40 Killer Vegetarian Appetizers
Original Recipes
Velveeta-Free Queso to Make This Super Bowl
Trader Joe's
The Best New Trader Joe's Items to Fill Your Cart With This Month

Come Party With Me: Fourth of July — Dessert

Every year on the Fourth of July, I like to make a red, white, and blue dessert. It's my personal salute to America. While a flag cake is festive, this year I'll wow guests with a red, white, and blueberry cheesecake tart.

The easy, crisp crust is a mixture of ground graham crackers and almonds. The filling is smooth, creamy, and classic. The red topping is a juicy syrup made with red plums. Garnished with plump, burst-in-your-mouth blueberries, this is one star-spangled dessert.

To learn how it's made,

.

Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake Tart

Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake Tart

Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake Tart

Ingredients

6 graham crackers (2 1/2 by 5 inches each)
1/3 cup whole almonds
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 bars (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch salt
4 red plums (1 to 1 1/2 pounds total), halved, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 pint (2 cups) blueberries

Directions

  1. Make crust: preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a food processor, grind graham crackers, almonds, and 1/4 cup sugar until finely ground; add butter, and process until moistened. Transfer to a 9-inch removable-bottom tart pan. Using the base of a dry measuring cup, press mixture firmly into the bottom and up sides of pan. Freeze at least 15 minutes.
  3. Make filling and bake: carefully wipe processor blade and bowl clean. Place cream cheese, sour cream, 1/2 cup sugar, egg, vanilla, and salt in food processor; blend just until smooth.
  4. Place tart pan on a rimmed baking sheet; fill with cheesecake mixture.
  5. Bake until filling is just set, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer tart pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Meanwhile, make topping: in a medium saucepan, combine plums, 1/2 cup sugar, and lemon juice. Cook at a rapid simmer over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is jamlike and moves around pan in a single mass when stirred, 15 to 25 minutes (time will depend on ripeness of fruit). Reserve 1 tablespoon cooking liquid (no solids) for blueberries; cool remaining plum mixture.
  7. Assemble tart: leaving a 1-inch border, spread cooled plum mixture over tart. Reheat reserved plum liquid (on stove or in microwave) until liquefied. In a medium bowl, combine with blueberries, and scatter on top of plum mixture.
  8. Chill until ready to serve, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. Remove from pan before serving.

Serves 8.

Around The Web
The World's Best Hotel Pools
How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
Tulum Travel Tips
Vegetarian Appetizers
Recipes With Canned Ingredients
Best Places to Visit in Latin American
Spicy Recipes For Valentine's Day

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

Join The Conversation
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
Oh, sounds delicious. I'll have to keep this in mind. This year will be wave your flag cake, if I even get around to that.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
Sounds fantastic. I'm quite tempted to try it.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 7 years
This looks great!
Bettyesque Bettyesque 7 years
This looks great!
milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
Cheesecakes are my specialty so I might have to make this for my hubby's b-day which is the 3rd.
Lambsauce Lambsauce 7 years
Oooh... that looks positively delicious :) I might have to make it (sans blueberries) for Canada Day...
Latest Food
X