I love desserts, that is no secret. But I am very picky when it comes to dessert. I don't like things too sweet. That is why I am big on fruit desserts that offset sweetness with a bit or sour. Of course I am also big on natural ingredients and I say no to cheap fillings like high fructose corn syrup. The Trader Joe's Wild Blueberry Tarte hit the bull's eye in all aspects.
If you have seen my Favorite Health Foods List you know I love blueberries, wild blueberries. That is the main ingredient here and that alone makes it incredible and absolutely delicious. We were having company over and I went to Trader Joe's for groceries. I was looking for a dessert that would be more or less healthy and not too sugary because one of the guests has a health condition. I was in the frozen food aisle and spotted the large eye catching photo of the blueberries on the box. I was sold just at the picture. Then I read 'Product of France' and I knew I had a winner - the French sure know their pastry!
This tarte is more like eating wild blueberries with a bit of pastry rather than eating pastry with a bit of wild blueberries. That is precisely why I like it so much. It is also very lightly sweetened and has a spectacularly balanced taste. Unless you are serving European portions, it is enough for not more than four people. It is fairly thin, if I was home alone I think I could easily eat half of it without even feeling guilty. The one thing I am not crazy about is the glucose syrup, I think it would have been just fine without it as an ingredient. That is in addition to sugar as the second ingredient. If I didn't read the ingredients I wouldn't even know it had raspberries in it as well.
Take note that I heated it in the oven according to directions but it was still cold. So depending on your oven you might need to heat it for around 15 minutes at 350 degrees, not 10. I think $5.99 for the 17.6 oz tarte is very reasonable. I look at it this way - I would pay about $9.99 to $14.99 for a store bought/made cake with disgusting frosting and tasteless sponge interior. Of course it would be about twice the size. I would much rather have a little bit of a good thing for a small price than a lot of a yucky thing for a high price.
This is perfect for dessert after dinner, a guest or two, or as a treat for kids. It is great to keep in the freezer for those surprise guests. I can envision it at the Thanksgiving table as well, though you would definitely need more than one if you have a lot of company! For a romantic candle lit dinner though I would skip this and indulge in the sensual Chocolate Mousse Collaboration. Serve the Trader Joe's Wild Blueberry Tarte with fresh whipped cream or some gelato. Great compliment to hot tea, coffee, or egg nog.
The photo is not of my tarte, but it is so scrumptious and looks exactly like it, so I had to put it in. Unfortunately by the time I thought of taking a photo the tarte was all eaten!
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