Temecula Berry Company and a
Berry Custard Cheese Tart

We really are fortunate in this day and age with import export businesses shipping fresh fruits and vegetables from warm climate zones to our local grocery stores making available to us out of season produce like avocado's, berries and melons throughout the year. But there is nothing like the anticipation of purchasing fresh picked fruit, herbs and vegetables from the farmers markets or going to a local farm for some fun pick your own. This Berry Tart is bursting with freshness and dressed with a mascarpone cheese custard just waiting to be dug into!


Almond Shortbread Tart Shell
1/2 cup almond meal (I use Trader Joes brand)
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large egg yolk

1~ ½ cups fresh blueberries
½ cup fresh raspberries
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. Creme De Framboise or Amaretto

Cheese Custard
1 1/2 cups mascarpone cheese (about 3/4 pound) at room temperature
1/2-cup sugar
2 large eggs or 1 whole egg and 2 egg yolks
2 Tbsp. Creme De Framboise or Amaretto
½ Tsp. Almond extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract


Tart Shell
Butter 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom.
Combine almond meal and sugar. Add flour, powdered sugar, and salt, blend well.
Cut in butter with pastry knife or 2 knives in scissor fashion till it appears like course meal. Add egg yolk and blend until moist clumps form.. Knead dough into ball. Transfer 1/4-cup dough to small bowl and reserve for another use. Press remaining dough evenly onto bottom and up sides of prepared pan. Pierce bottom all over with fork. Cover pan with foil and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

Preheat oven to 375°F.
Bake crust uncovered for 12-15 minutes. Cool completely before laying fruit on bottom.

Fruit Filling
Clean the fruit and dry off with towel. Toss with sugar and liqueur, let marinate a few minutes.

Cheese Custard
In a bowl with an electric mixer beat mascarpone with sugar until smooth and add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in Creme De Framboise or Amaretto and almond extracts. in flour and salt until combined well.

Preheat Oven to 350°

Put It All Together
Distribute fruit evenly on bottom of tart shell. Pour custard mixture over blueberry raspberry filling. Bake until the custard is set, around 25 minutes. Let Cool and then refrigerate before serving.
Buon Appetito!!

Temecula Berry Company is a hidden gem enclosed in a small farming community off of Cantrell, a small dirt road that can easily be missed if not for the "U-Pick Blueberries" sign placed in a most strategic location. Down a fairly steep grade ending at a lush orchard was the most beautiful blueberry farm I had ever seen. I was like a child surprised on Christmas morning to see this hidden treasure I knew nothing about before. First impressions are everything and I was truly impressed with how pristine and manicured the farm was. Much attention and care has gone into cultivating these grounds. A beautiful collage of this families joint venture in the planting and care of these fields is on the opening page of their web site.

My second thought was of the children scurrying through the bushes as they were escorted on a private tour. Happy and curious faces listened and looked as they were watched themselves by the carefully placed scarecrows guarding the vegetation. Berry picking is a fun family event that will give you and your children memories of a most favored outing.

We were greeted by the Mike Graesser, son of Ray, and co-proprietor of the farm. He most graciously answered all of my questions pertaining to the length of time the establishment had been in business and hours of operation for public self picking as well as being shown the fruit stand which is open daily for business. Besides Southern Highbush Blueberries, the Graessers have strawberries and un-processed honey available. Picking buckets and containers are provided for exporting your berries home, all they ask you to bring is a smile! "U-Pick" berry times of operation are Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 7pm. You can also stop by the farm for fresh berries 7 days a week from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. I highly recommend a visit to the Temecula Berry Company, it is definitely on my top ten list of places to visit in Temecula, California!

Temecula Berry Company
39700 Cantrell Rd
Temecula CA 92591
(951) 225-5552

Cost for U-Pick blueberries is $5 per pint with the container included.
Farm Fresh blueberries can also be purchased at the farm by flat.
Flat of Blueberries $ 25.00
18 oz container $ 10.00
1lb Strawberries $ 5.00
1lb Raw Honey $ 5.00


glamah16 said...

I so want to go Berry picking. My mate is being uncopertive. That tart looks so good.

Anonymous said...

That looks wonderful, Laurie :)

Proud Italian Cook said...

I'm speechless!!
ok, I'm back, That looks and sounds spectacular!

S for Kitchen Confit said...

There is nothing like fresh fruit. I just had some amazing blueberries last week. Though I've had a hankering for apples lately, and made an apple tart, even though apples are out of season.

Lore said...

Wow berries and cheese, this tart must have been soooo yummmy!

laGallinainCucina said...

I'd like a big slice!!!!

Vera said...

There's nothing better than freshly picked berries. Except, berries paired with mascarpone custard. I'm sure it tasted delicious!

Lori Lynn said...

Oh, how fun, berry picking!
I love that cheese custard recipe, I might try it over fruit served in ramekins??
Your tart looks so pretty, nice wallpaper too :)