I cannot stress the importance of having a simple yet impressive dessert in every cook’s repertoire. To celebrate Canada Day, I made a festive red and white Summer Berry Custard Tart bursting with local strawberries and raspberries. With its glistening crown of peak season berries, it is hard to miss at the dessert table. The crunchy cookie crust tastes buttery and cradles a fluffy bed of whipped custard. A well-made classic dessert never gets old when made with top-notch ingredients.
I brought this berry custard tart to a Canada Day backyard party to share among friends. Between Nationals and Canada Day Marathon, it was the end of a long weekend of racing and we were all exhausted. We hacked the tart to approximate wedges with a butter knife and flopped the pieces willy nilly on plates. There was little regard to aesthetics. Even so, the tart tasted phenomenal. It was the balance of a classic dessert that highlighted the essence of summer. I really should make berry custard tarts more often.