Ina Garten Fresh Fruit Tart That Will Impress

This fruit tart from Ina Garten is the perfect summer dessert! A delicate crust, filled with a rich and flavorful custard and topped with fresh fruits.

I really enjoy making fruit tarts, even if they are a labor of love, and this Ina Garten Fresh Fruit Tart is my favorite yet.

When I was growing impatient waiting to give birth to my second child, Maverick, I started baking these fruit tarts to pass the time.  I needed something to take my mind off the fact that he was not in any rush to be born.  I even made one the day he finally was born, a full fourteen days after his due date. My midwives, family and I ate the tart together after the birth, celebrating that he was finally here.

I already knew I loved Ina Gartens Fresh Fruit Tart recipe but now that I associate it with the arrival of my son Mav, it is even more special to me! It is also the perfect tart for entertaining, sure to impress your guests. You can make it ahead of time and use whatever fruit is in season.

The recipe I use is slightly adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbookgrey. Every single recipe I’ve tried from this book is amazing, I highly recommend it and all of her cookbooks!

For this recipe I used a loose-bottom pan similar to this one.

Ina Garten Fresh Fruit Tart | Rainbow Delicious

Ina Garten Fresh Fruit Tart

Ina Garten Fresh Fruit tart
5 from 3 votes

Ina Garten Fresh Fruit Tart

This fruit tart from Ina Garten is the perfect summer dessert! A delicate crust, filled with a rich and flavorful custard and topped with fresh fruits.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword custard, dessert, fresh fruit, fruit tart, tart
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 345 kcal



  • 1 1/4 C flour
  • 3 T sugar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 8 T unsalted butter
  • 3-4 T ice water

Custard Filling

  • 3 extra large egg yolks at room temperature
  • 6 T sugar
  • 1 1/2 T cornstarch
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 T unsalted butter
  • 1 T heavy cream
  • 1/2 t cognac or brandy or vanilla
  • Toppings
  • Assorted fruits*
  • 1/2 C Apricot Jelly**



  1. To make crust combine flour, sugar and salt in food processor or bowl. Cut butter into 1/4 inch pieces and add into food processor or bowl. If using a food processor pulse about 10 times until butter forms small bits, if using a pastry cutter and bowl then cut dough until small bits form. Add ice water and continue processing/cutting until the dough comes together. Shape the dough into a disc shape and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Let the dough sit at room temperature for 5 minutes and then roll the dough into a large circle. Place dough into your 10 inch tart pan with removable bottom, cutting off excess dough with sharp knife. Line the dough with foil and fill with rice or dried beans. Bake the tart crust for 10 minutes and then remove the foil and beans or rice. Prick the crust with a fork and bake for another 20 minutes.

Custard Filling and Toppings

  1. Using electric mixer with paddle attachment or electric hand mixer beat egg yolks and sugar on medium-high for about 3 minutes until mixture is light yellow. Beat in cornstarch on low speed.
  2. Bring milk to a simmer in saucepan and slowly pour warm milk into the egg mixture, whisking steadily. Then pour mixture back into saucepan. Cook over medium heat while stirring constantly with a whisk until mixture is think, about 4 minutes. Bring to a boil, then bring heat to low and cook for 3 more minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Mix in butter, vanilla, cream and cognac.
  4. Pour through strainer and into a bowl. Place plastic wrap directly onto custard and refrigerate until cold.
  5. Put baked tart shell on serving plate. Assemble tart by spreading pastry cream over tart crust. Place prepared fruit slices casually on top of custard.
  6. If you choose to use an apricot glaze melt jelly with 1 T water in a small saucepan and brush over fruit.

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Recipe Notes

*I used strawberries, raspberries, sliced nectarines, blueberries, sliced kiwis and sliced oranges

**I almost always omit using apricot jam. I think it probably helps to keep the tart fresh but it also makes it a little too sweet for my taste.

Nutrition Facts
Ina Garten Fresh Fruit Tart
Amount Per Serving
Calories 345 Calories from Fat 147
% Daily Value*
Fat 16.3g25%
Saturated Fat 9.7g61%
Cholesterol 118mg39%
Sodium 551mg24%
Potassium 133mg4%
Carbohydrates 46.7g16%
Fiber 1.7g7%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 5.1g10%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ina Garten Fresh Fruit Tart | Rainbow Delicious

You might also love these fruity summer desserts, this collection of fruity galette recipes, this plum upside down cake my grandma’s amazing cheesecake recipe, this persimmon pear and pomegranate salad, this persimmon pudding recipe, monkey bread and this simple granola recipe.

If you make this Ina Garten Fresh Fruit Tart please share on instagram using hashtag #rainbowdelicious and tag me at @rainbowdelicious , I’d love to see what you are up to in your kitchen!

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  1. 5 stars
    Beautiful and impresive to look at – and truly delicious to eat! This is ideal Summer entertaining!

  2. WOA – this fruit tart most definitely does impress! Its a stunner – almost too pretty to eat – ALMOST!

  3. 5 stars
    This is so refreshing! I hope I can pull it off as beautiful when I try to make my own xo

  4. 5 stars
    Stunning fruit tart – I love all the colors! I love the versatility of using all of the different fruit I have on hand this summer!

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