Sunny Delight Bites—Dessert for 6

Sunny Delight Bites are a refreshing Mediterranean-French dessert featuring ripe summer fruits, delicate pastry, and a luscious cream filling. These bite-sized treats are perfect for showcasing seasonal ingredients and offer a delightful balance of textures and flavors to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Meal Type



Mediterranean French Fusion



Food Stars






You Need This Stuff

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 3 tbsp ice water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 2 cups mixed summer fruits (eg, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam

Do This With That Stuff

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1/4 tsp salt
  3. Add 1/2 cup cold and cubed unsalted butter to the flour mixture
  4. Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs
  5. Gradually add 3 tbsp ice water, mixing until the dough comes together
  6. Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  7. On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out the chilled dough to fit a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom
  8. Press the dough into the tart pan, trimming any excess dough from the edges
  9. Place a sheet of parchment paper over the dough and fill with pie weights or dried beans
  10. Place the tart pan on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes
  11. Remove pie weights and parchment paper, then bake for an additional 10-12 minutes or until golden brown
  12. Transfer tart pan to a wire rack and let cool completely
  13. In a medium mixing bowl, combine 1 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla extract using an electric mixer with whisk attachment until soft peaks form
  14. Add 1/2 cup softened mascarpone cheese to whipped cream mixture and fold gently with rubber spatula until well combined
  15. Spread mascarpone mixture evenly onto cooled tart crust using rubber spatula
  16. Rinse mixed summer fruits under cold water on cutting board; hull strawberries if necessary
  17. Arrange mixed summer fruits on top of mascarpone filling in desired pattern
  18. In small saucepan over low heat, warm up apricot jam until slightly runny
  19. Brush apricot jam over fruits as glaze

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Beti’s Reflections

It was a warm summer afternoon in a quaint Mediterranean village when I stumbled upon the inspiration for these delightful Sunny Delight Bites. As I wandered through the bustling market, the scent of ripe summer fruits and freshly baked French pastries filled the air. It was then that I knew I had to create a dessert that combined these two culinary worlds into one heavenly bite.

Introducing Sunny Delight Bites, a refreshing Mediterranean-French dessert perfect for serving six people. These bite-sized treats feature ripe summer fruits, delicate pastry, and a luscious cream filling that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Although this recipe is not suitable for those with gluten or dairy allergies, it’s an absolute must-try for everyone else!

The ingredients in this recipe are simple yet essential to creating the perfect balance of flavors and textures. The all-purpose flour and salt create a tender pastry crust, while cold unsalted butter ensures it remains flaky. Ice water helps bring the dough together without overworking it. The creamy mascarpone filling is made from heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract, offering a rich contrast to the tartness of mixed summer fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Finally, apricot jam adds a touch of sweetness as a glaze.

To make these Sunny Delight Bites, start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and preparing your dough using the flour, salt, butter, and ice water. After chilling for 30 minutes, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to fit a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Bake with pie weights or dried beans for 15 minutes before removing them and baking for an additional 10-12 minutes until golden brown. While your crust cools on a wire rack, whip up your mascarpone filling by combining heavy cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract until soft peaks form, and then gently fold in softened mascarpone cheese. Spread the filling onto the cooled crust and arrange your mixed summer fruits on top. Finish by warming up apricot jam and brushing it over the fruits as a glaze.

And there you have it, my dear readers – Sunny Delight Bites that will transport you to a Mediterranean-French paradise with every bite. These refreshing desserts are perfect for showcasing seasonal ingredients and offer a delightful balance of textures and flavors to satisfy any sweet tooth. So go ahead, indulge in these little bites of sunshine, and don’t forget to share your creations with us here at!

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