Fresh berries are so delicious, they donít need a lot of tweaking to make mouth-watering desserts. This classic treat is a case in point: nothing here but little sweet pastry crusts (you can buy them premade), fresh raspberries (or frozen, if you canít find fresh), and fresh-fruit raspberry preserves to add a little sweetness. And these are no-bake tarts, making them perfect for warmer weather.
You can substitute strawberries or blackberries for the raspberries, making this one very versatile dessert. Berries are the stars–and they never fail to win raves from the audience!
12 small tart shells, pre-baked
1 12-ounce jar raspberry preserves
3 cups fresh or frozen raspberries (if using frozen, thaw and drain, saving the juice for another use)
Whipped cream, sweetened and flavored with vanilla extract, optional
1. Spread the preserves thinly and evenly on the bottom of the prebaked shells.
2. Sprinkle the raspberries evenly over the preserves. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
3. When ready to serve, top with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream, if desired.