Nectarine and Mascarpone Tart (Gluten-Free)

Celebrate fresh nectarines in this nectarine and mascarpone tart: a perfect blend of creamy, fruity, and fresh with a gluten-free crust!

Looking for Dessert Inspiration

I wanted to make dessert for a couple of friends and was looking for inspiration. As they say, “ask and ye shall receive” – the day before said gathering, one of my coworkers posted a picture of her peach and mascarpone gingersnap tart. I tracked down the recipe on Bon Appetit: Nectarine and Mascarpone Tart in Gingersnap Crust (I suppose nectarines and peaches can be interchangeable here). This was perfect because I was hoping to be inspired by in-season stone fruits.

When is Stone Fruit Season?

Stone fruit is generally in season from May until September here in California. Be sure to check your local area because fruit availability and seasonality does depend on your location.

Stone fruits include nectarines, peaches, cherries, apricots, plums, and more! In these summer months, I try to use these fruits as much as possible in my fruity desserts so I can take advantage of their flavor. In American grocery stores, you can often still find these fruits out-of-season…but I prefer to eat them when they are their best selves, in the season nature intended them to be eaten!

Developing the Gluten-Free Crust for this Nectarine and Mascarpone Tart

The recipe I was inspired by used a crust made of crushed gingersnaps. I’ve not seen gluten-free gingersnap cookies in stores at this time of year, and I wanted to avoid making gluten-free gingersnaps from scratch for this recipe. Instead, I used gluten-free crackers and rolled oats to make up the body of this crunchy crust. To achieve some of the ‘spiced’ flavor that gingersnaps have, I instead used aromatic ground spices like allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon that evoke that same autumnal cozy flavor.

More Nectarine and Mascarpone Tart Flavor Affinities

I recently learned via The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg that mascarpone cheese has a flavor affinity with peaches or nectarines. It’s not a pairing I encounter often even though they are a match made in heaven!

Other affinities include honey and allspice, which I brought through in this crust as well.

As I mentioned, I made this for some friends so I wanted to be more EXTRA. I paired with a honey allspice ice cream (coming soon!) to bring out those flavors. You can also pair this tart with plain vanilla ice cream or make a fresh whipped cream if dairy is your jam.

­čŹ│Recommended Equipment

  • food processor
  • 9 inch pie/tart tin
  • cutting board and knife
  • bowl and spatula
  • small pot
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Ingredients

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8ounces mascarpone
4ounces cream cheese
┬╝cup sour cream
┬╝cup sugar
1teaspoon lemon zest
┬Żteaspoon vanilla extract
5 nectarines
┬╝cup apricot jam
Crust
4.4ounces gluten free crackers (such as Absolutely Gluten Free Crackers)
1cup gluten-free rolled oats
┬╝cup brown sugar
┬Żteaspoon ground allspice
┬╝teaspoon ground cinnamon
┬╝teaspoon ground nutmeg
4tablespoons butter, melted
4tablespoons coconut oil
1┬Żtablespoons honey
1teaspoon salt

Directions

1.

Make crust in food processor

Combine 4.4 oz gluten-free crackers, 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats, ┬╝ cup brown sugar, ┬╝ tsp ground cinnamon, ┬Ż tsp ground allspice, ┬╝ tsp ground nutmeg, and 1 tsp salt in a food processor.
Pulse until crackers are all broken down and it's mixed well.
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2.

Add liquid ingredients and pulse again

Add 4 tbsp melted butter, 4 tbsp coconut oil, and 1┬Ż tbsp honey into the cracker mix, and pulse again repeatedly until combined.
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3.

Chill crust and preheat oven

Chill crust in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350┬░.
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4.

Bake crust for 18 minutes

Afterwards, let it cool in the pie tin until it's cool enough to put into the fridge to chill.
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5.

Make filling

Combine 8 oz mascarpone cheese, 4 oz cream cheese, ┬╝ cup sour cream, ┬╝ cup sugar, 1 tsp lemon zest, and ┬╝ tsp vanilla extract into a bowl and mix.
Place into fridge to chill.
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6.

Slice nectarines

Cut approximately 5 nectarines into thin wedge slices.
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7.

Warm jam

Warm ┬╝ cup apricot jam in a small pot until it has a runny consistency. If you see it bubble at all, you can stop.
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8.

Assemble

If your crust is completely cool, start to assemble. Spread the creamy mixture all over the crust.
Then lay nectarines on top in a circle, slightly overlapping each other. Spread warmed jam over the top, creating a glossy seal over the nectarines.
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9.

Enjoy!

Enjoy alone, or pair it with allspice honey ice cream.
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