This beautiful vegan friendly fruit tart has a tender gluten-free crust and a delicious dairy & refined sugar free vanilla custard filling. It can easily be customized by using your fruit of choice!
Fourth of July is a big deal in the United States. Many people get the day off and just about every city and town has festivities planned to celebrate our nation’s day of Independence. People all over get together with family and friends with lots of food and maybe some games. You can hear fireworks going off day and night for several days before, during, and even after the fourth.
While in North Carolina, we lived in a big military town. Each year, my family and I would pack up coolers of food, lawn chairs, blankets, boxes of sparklers, etc., and head down to the local Army base for the big outdoor event they hosted each year. It was kind of like a mini carnival with rides and food venders.
There would be thousands of people camped out for the day to watch the outdoor concerts, parachuters, and air show, which featured synchronized jets speeding across the sky. At dusk, they would fire the canons, one for each state, and people would cheer and holler as their home state was called, while little kids tucked their heads into their parents’ chest, holding their ears tightly to protect them from the loud, booming sound.
As we waited for the fireworks to begin, my mom would light up our sparklers and we would wave our hands excitedly watching the sparks fly in the darkness. You could hear the buzz of loud chatter and laughter throughout the field as we all waited patiently for the fireworks to begin.
The first thunderous explosion in the sky would startle everyone quiet and then we’d sit back and watch the bright sparkles light up the night sky. It was nothing short of amazing each year! They were kind of like the Disney fireworks, if you’ve ever seen them.
After the big finale, the sky returned to darkness with nothing but thick clouds of smoke to wish us farewell. We packed up our little camp and everyone helped to carry our mostly empty coolers, bags of trash, dirty blankets, and lawn chairs back to the car. Then we’d wait for an hour or so in the traffic jam of cars who all packed into narrow streets like sardines in a can to get home.
Even through the nuisance of waiting in traffic and having to unpack everything when we got home, we were already looking forward to next year’s celebration.
Each year, my mom would make some amazing dessert for the fourth. Like mom, I go all out with desserts. This tart would make a delicious and festive addition any get together or celebration. It can easily be customized to use any fruit you have on hand and can be decorated any way you want.
If you’re making it for another occasion, place the fruit in a circle instead of a star…the possibilities are endless! Best of all, the crust and filling can each be made ahead of time and assembled shortly before serving. Wouldn’t this make a lovely addition to your get together?!Print
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