Phyllo pastry floral fruit tart

Aren’t you enjoying this season’s offering of colours that are so pleasing to the sight? It is sending a message to enjoy them in more ways. I discovered there are many edible flowers and have started using them in my kitchen. My backyard smells sweet and delicious with a lilac shrub heavy with blossoms. It was intoxicating with its smell and appearance that I couldn’t resist trying to catch its spirit in my dish. I had a  couple of other edible plants too.

Phyllo pastry tartI have put them on a phyllo pastry crust to make a simple tart and it was like spring time on my plate. It is a celebration of colours!

Phylo fruit and floral tart

Ingredients

  • 1/2 a pack of Phyllo pastry
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 8-10 strawberries
  • few mint leaves
  • 1 marigold
  • a bunch of lilac blooms
  1. Take the Phyllo pastry and lay it on the counter top.
  2. Cut half of the pastry and put away the remaining.
  3. Have a moist towel handy to cover the pastry from drying.
  4. Take a sheet of the pastry and brush it roughly with melted butter.
  5. Keep the rest of the sheets covered.
  6. Lay the next sheet over the first and brush it with butter.
  7. Repeat with all the sheets.
  8. Bake the stacked sheets on a parchment paper lined baking tray.
  9. Preheat oven to 300° F and bake for 20-25 minutes until the top turns golden brown.
  10. Cool the phyllo on the parchment paper.
  11. Whip cream cheese with powdered sugar to a smooth mixture.
  12. Add cream and mix well to make the topping.
  13. Spread a thick layer of topping mixture.
  14. Cut strawberries into slices and place them on the cream layer.
  15. Fill the gaps with mint, lilac flowers and marigold petals.
  16. Cut into pieces and serve.

It is better eaten straight away. When stored it gets soggy but boy, is it still delicious!

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Phyllo tart assembly

Floral fruity tartOur days are laced with joy, sorrow, anger, pain and mix of uncertain feelings. Mid-week I got the message that my aunt in India, passed away. She was a special aunt being so different from all my mother’s siblings; free willed and having a strong character, she always impressed me. She braved life after her husband’s death at an early stage in life by raising 3 children with courage. She also lost her young son to a heart disease.

She was never conservative and never tried to thrust senseless, old ideas and traditions into anyone. She always opposed the idea of a designated and designed role for women and was very practical in proving her point. My daughter felt most understood by her and they often exchanged similar arguments about feminism and social justice. She could travel long distances fearlessly in a society where she was expected to be accompanied by a man. The best thing about her was that she accepted most challenges with a touch of humour. Expressing her stand on many issues were not taken kindly by the people around her. Without interfering she let others have their way and dropped subtle hints to pursue their dreams. When I had trouble during childbirth, she supported me with courage I needed for the ordeal. I cannot forget her walking with me the whole night and tears well up when I recollect it. Above all, she was a very creative cook and I have tasted fancy dishes at her place. She was sick lately and it was painful to watch her unable to live her robust life. I will treasure all the moments I shared with her.

This post is a tribute to her and her fortitude. I wish I had her emotional strength and firmness.

Phyllo tartWorking on this tart helped me take my mind off the gloom and grief I felt.

Ready to goYou are all welcome to bite into this buttery, flaky, fresh fruit and flower tart. I am taking this to Fiesta Friday for everyone to enjoy!

Fiesta Friday #69

 

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43 Responses to Phyllo pastry floral fruit tart

  1. bitsofnice says:

    It looks so very beautiful!

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  2. Rupa G says:

    So inviting ! And sorry for your loss..

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  3. Sridevi, the tart is simply gorgeous. And your post along with this tart is such a lovely tribute to your aunt. I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad that making this tart made you take your mind off your grief. Take Care and Hugs to you 🙂

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  4. Lovely floral tart – I have been using edible flowers for a long time and they really perk up a dish! Thanks for being a part of Fiesta Friday #69 🙂 I am sorry for your loss – I too had a special aunt in my life.

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  5. These tarts are beautiful! They just look like summer! I love working with phyllo. It is a wonderful product.

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  6. Loretta says:

    What a lovely tribute to your Aunt who you so admired. I’m glad that making this in her honor helped you take a bit of the grief away. It’s a gorgeous looking tart, so fresh and summery!

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  7. tentimestea says:

    This is a beautiful tart and a beautiful post in honour of your aunt…she sounds like such a strong and independent lady. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.
    The presentation of this tart is so wonderful! I love how you kept the greens on some of the strawberries, and the generous dusting of icing sugar–it looks as though it’s a growing garden.

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  8. Wow flaky tart looks yum yum.. Love the addition of fresh fruits

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  9. coconutcraze says:

    Strawberries added a sweet tartness and it tasted good! Thank you, Vidya!

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  10. This looks so good! I love everything about this recipe. It’s everything wonderful about the season and so classic. Beautiful photos too!

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  11. What a beautiful dessert!

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  12. This is so beautiful!

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  13. Lily Lau says:

    The final result looks like a work of art! It’s gorgeous 😀

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  14. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you, Lily! I appreciate your visit. You have a lovely blog with very informative posts!

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  15. This tart is simply beautiful and an amazing way to honor your aunt. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  16. Jhuls says:

    This must have been heaven. ❤ Thanks for bringing this amazing treat. Happy FF. 🙂

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  17. Wow that looks incredible. …

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  18. Padma says:

    Oh Sorry Sridevi!!…My hearty condolences and what a tribute to your aunt:)…i too lost my grand mom just 2 months back, so I can understand how painful it’s to lose the most important people in our lives.
    The tart looks super gorgeous!!

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  19. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you, Padma for the comforting words! It is an irreplaceable loss!

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  20. Angie says:

    So sorry for your loss, Sridevi! My deepest condolences to you and your family! And what a beautiful tribute to your aunt this post is. That tart is gorgeous. I’ve pasted it all across Pinterest! 🙂

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  21. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you Angie for your soothing words. I talked to my cousins and they are slowly recovering from the shock and grief.

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  23. Congratulations Sridevi for being featured this week on Fiesta Friday!

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  24. Lili says:

    Congrats Sridevi!! Beautiful tart – love the pastry and the flowers on it! And the strawberries of course! 🙂

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  25. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you very much!

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  26. petra08 says:

    This is such a beautiful tart! Amazing 🙂

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  27. coconutcraze says:

    Thank you, Petra! Your encouraging words can do wonders for me!

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