July 4th Ideas: Stars and Stripes Tart

Feeling patriotic from your toes to the tip of your tongue? Try out this festive July 4th tart that'll get guests in the pro-America mood: You use mascarpone cheese, blueberries, and strawberries to mimic the colors of the American flag.

So get your creative cap on and start cooking. An added bonus? Get the kids involved to help decorative it.

Here's how ...


To avoid going the super-tacky route with a flag cake (like above ... shh!), try mini tarts instead.

Start off with mini pie shells and fill them with mascarpone cheese (recipe below). Then lie them out in flag form and top with the appropriate color -- blueberries for the stars and strawberries for the stripes.

Mascarpone Cheese

  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream

Beat mascarpone cheese and powdered sugar with a mixer until smooth. Gently fold in freshly whipped cream.

Are you making a July 4th-inspired dessert this weekend?

Images (top to bottom): Cat Wendt/Flickr; Wyscan/Flickr

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