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Berry tartlets with sweet and creamy kefir tart filling

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Berry tartlets with creamy kefir tart filling

Last summer I got really hooked into making all types of tarts and tartlets, and I have unfortunately completely neglected my beautiful Williams-Sonoma tart and tartlet pans since then. But I can’t let the summer go by without posting at least one tart recipe. And, of course, because it’s summer, it should be a recipe for BERRY tartlets, with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries scattered over sweet and light creamy filling: because I find that sweetened cream fillings always do a great job of complimenting not-so-sweet berries.

Berry tartlets with creamy kefir tart filling

This time I wanted something different from the “traditional” creamy filling, so I combined sugar, gelatin, kefir, and heavy cream to create a lighter tart filling – perfect if you’re in the mood for something not heavily laid with butter or heavy cream. When combined with a touch of heavy cream and a bit of sugar, and thickened up by gelatin, Kefir makes a magical transformation into an amazingly sweet, light and creamy dessert. And, because I am a huge fan of Kefir anyway, and because I can easily drink a whole 32 fl oz bottle of kefir in one sitting (which has 4 cups of kefir), these berry tartlets is just another excuse for me to consume my favorite beverage. In a different form.

As you see, this recipe is the combination of these two favorites of mine: tartlets + kefir. You will be amazed at how light and fluffy and sweet the kefir filling is! You can have these tartlets either for breakfast or dessert, and load them with as many berries as you like! You can also sprinkle fresh berries with powdered sugar to make them sweeter!


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Berry tartlets with creamy kefir tart filling

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min


  • Small tartlets (3 inch in diameter each)
  • 2 teaspoons gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup kefir
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • raspberries

Makes enough filling for 4 small tartlets (3 inch in diameter each)

1) Combine 2 teaspoons of gelatin with 2 tablespoons of water until well dissolved.

2) Heat cream and sugar, bring to boil, add gelatin mixture and stir to thicken. Remove from heat and add kefir and lemon juice, constantly stirring until well-combined. Return to heat and bring to boil, constantly stirring. Boil the mixture for 2 minutes.

3) Remove from heat and cool slightly. Place the kefir filling into tart shells and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

4) To serve, top tart shells with kefir filling with berries.



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  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker August 5, 2013, 2:52 am

    These are so cute! I love fruit tarts and these look beautiful and delicious. 🙂 Have a great week Julia.

  • [email protected]'s Recipes August 5, 2013, 4:39 am

    These tartlets look so inviting, Julia.

  • Rosa August 5, 2013, 7:11 am

    Pretty tartlets An exqisite summer treat.



  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 5, 2013, 8:06 am

    These are so pretty, even the queen would want seconds!

  • Monique August 5, 2013, 9:02 am

    Everything smaller is charming to me.. I have never tried kefir Julia..I must now.
    Hope Summer is being good to you:)~

  • Denise [email protected] Brazil To You August 5, 2013, 9:03 am

    These beauties look so berry delicious!!! I have never seen tarts with kefir filling what make them unique as well. Love it! Pinned!

  • laurasmess August 5, 2013, 9:05 am

    These look beautiful Julia. I adore creamy fillings with fresh berries. I’ve never thought of using kefir in a tart but you’ve completely opened my eyes! Sounds amazing. Definitely trying this (very, very soon!) xx

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen August 5, 2013, 10:17 am

    Just beautiful, Julia! I am a huge fan of not-too-sweet desserts and your mixed berry tartlets are the perfect answer to scratch that itch! Thanks for sharing, girl! Pinning!

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 5, 2013, 1:33 pm

    I need to get some tart pans! I’ve never made a tart and would love to try these sometime

  • Yvonne @ bitter baker August 5, 2013, 3:36 pm

    Aaa, yes please!! The ultimate summer dessert, if you ask me. I feel like I should use my tartlets more. This would be great for that 🙂

  • Yelena August 5, 2013, 9:52 pm

    I adore fruit and berry desserts, they are so irresistible and so beautiful! We are going to miss them Winter time!

  • Olga August 6, 2013, 2:08 am

    What lovely colourful treats they are!

  • Amy Tong August 6, 2013, 2:45 am

    I love homemade tarts and these fresh berries ones are particularly gorgeous. 🙂 Thanks for your inspiration for me to make some soon….before the berry season is over.

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook August 6, 2013, 3:17 am

    I seriously love your food photography and your pictures always make me want to grab and eat it! These tartlets are GORGEOUS!!! I would love a few just for myself…

  • Trishnanta August 6, 2013, 5:15 am

    That’s some brilliant photography. Love your blog 🙂 these tartlets look AMAZING!

  • Ashley August 6, 2013, 8:27 am

    I rarely make tarts – which I really should change! These are beautiful – love all that color from the berries.

  • Laura Dembowski August 6, 2013, 1:11 pm

    This is such a unique spin on tarts! They are so pretty with those bright berries!

  • Baltic Maid August 6, 2013, 2:31 pm

    These are incredibly cute and beautiful. They look really tasty! I love the addition of kefir.

  • Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking August 6, 2013, 5:42 pm

    These are drop dead gorgeous! I love that you used kefir in the filling to make them healthier! I can’t wait to try them because I can’t get enough kefir either!

  • Rachel Cotterill August 7, 2013, 1:14 pm

    I’ve only recently heard of kefir, I’ll have to investigate this 🙂

  • Liz August 7, 2013, 8:28 pm

    I just love a summer berry tart! My tart pans have been neglected, too…I need to dig them out of my pantry 🙂

  • Patty August 9, 2013, 8:10 pm

    My tartlet pans are collecting dust right now…so sad ;( I’m loving the look of your berry tartlets and the filling sounds good with kefir-very creative addition to your filling 😉

  • The Café Sucre Farine August 10, 2013, 4:13 pm

    BEAUTIFUL Julia! So pretty and so delicious looking, the photos are amazing. I’m feeling like I could just reach out and pluck one of those gorgeous berries!

  • Barb August 11, 2013, 10:34 am

    Simply glorious!!

  • zerrin August 11, 2013, 2:58 pm

    I’d love to grab one of these tartles now! These look gorgeous! Never thought of using kefir in a dessert before! I just love to drink it and haven’t tried it in a recipe, yet! Thanks for the idea!

  • Asmita August 14, 2013, 9:12 am

    This looks so pretty! Absolutely love them!!!

  • Colleen B March 15, 2015, 10:06 pm

    I found your recipe upon a search for kefir cheesecake on pinterest. The only problem is that you kill all the beneficial bacteria in the kefir in making this dessert. Have you ever tried adding the kefir AFTER the gelatin mixture has cooled down to about 110 degrees so as to benefit from the kefir?

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