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If There Were A Beauty Pageant For Tarts, These Would Be The Top 20 Finalists

We found the real show stoppers.
07/31/2014 07:00am ET | Updated August 1, 2014

You may have been awed by the beauty of towering layer cakes. And the smooth, smooth finish of macarons has probably made your heart skip a beat once or twice. But those desserts know nothing about beauty in comparison to tarts. It is the tart -- the thinner, slightly fancier version of a pie -- that is truly show stopping. This dessert, so common in Europe, will satisfy your sweet tooth and give you something nice to look at.

Tarts are made with the same buttery, flaky crust pies are, but they're often times filled with unbaked pastry creams and topped with delicate fresh fruits, and then glazed with jellies. Or, they're baked and crowned with tall peaks of meringue. Other times, they're dense and unassuming, but full of the richest chocolate your heart could ask for. But one thing remains constant, and it's that they'll be delicious (and beautiful) every time.

1
Raspberry Pistachio Honey Tart
Annie's Eats
Get the Raspberry Pistachio Honey Tart recipe from Annie's Eats
2
Pumpkin S'mores Tart
How Sweet It Is
Get the Pumpkin S'mores Tart recipe from How Sweet It Is
3
Summer Berry Tart
Vikalinka
Get the Summer Berry Tart recipe from Vikalinka
4
Maple Custard Tart
Cafe Johnsonia
Get the Maple Custard Tart recipe from Cafe Johnsonia
5
Strawberry Rhubarb Meringue Tartlets
Completely Delicious
Get the Strawberry Rhubarb Meringue Tartlets recipe from Completely Delicious
6
Mascarpone Cream Tart with Fresh Fruit
Apt. 2B Baking Co.
Get the Mascarpone Cream Tart with Fresh Fruit recipe from Apt. 2B Baking Co.
7
Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart
Annie's Eats
Get the Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart recipe from Annie's Eats
8
Strawberries And Cream
The Clever Carrot
Get the Strawberries And Cream recipe from The Clever Carrot
9
Lemon Tart with Raspberries
Bell'alimento
Get the Lemon Tart with Raspberries recipe from Bell'alimento
10
Blueberry Meringue Tarts
Delicious Everyday
Get the Blueberry Meringue Tarts recipe from Delicious Everyday
11
Peppermint Chocolate Tart
The Faux Martha
Get the Peppermint Chocolate Tart recipe from The Faux Martha
12
Key Lime Tartlets
Adventures in Cooking
Get the Key Lime Tartlets recipe from Adventures in Cooking
13
Chocolate Hazelnut Tart
The Faux Martha
Get the Chocolate Hazelnut Tart recipe from The Faux Martha
14
Champagne Grape Tarts
Always with Butter
Get the Champagne Grape Tarts recipe from Always with Butter
15
Whipped Mocha Tart
Dieter's Downfall
Get the Whipped Mocha Tart recipe from Dieter's Downfall
16
Nectarine Mascarpone Tart
The Faux Martha
Get the Nectarine Mascarpone Tart recipe from The Faux Martha
17
Fresh Fruit Tart With Mango Curd Filling
Life Scoops
18
Chocolate Caramel Tartlets For Two
Annie's Eats
19
Almond Persimmon Cream Cheese Tart
James Ransom/Food52
Get the Almond Persimmon Cream Cheese Tart recipe from inpatskitchen via Food52
20
Brown Butter-Cranberry Tart

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