August 8, 2023

Blueberry Cornmeal Shortbread Tart

Recipe: Alison Roman

“All you need is fruit and your hands, and this comes together easily. It travels well and keeps at room temperature — it’s the answer to everything in the summertime.” – Alison Roman


Crust and Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup medium-grind cornmeal
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly


  • 1 lb. blueberries or combination of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Pinch kosher salt


Yield: Makes 9-inch Tart

Make Crust and Topping

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, powdered sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Add melted butter, then use hands or wooden spoon to combine ingredients, until a coarse dough comes together with no obvious dry spots.
  2. Press three-quarters of cornmeal mixture into 9″ tart pan with removable bottom. (Alternatively, use 9″ round cake pan, 9″ springform pan, or 8″ x 8″ pan lined with parchment.)
  3. Make sure mixture is evenly pressed on bottom and about 1/2″ up sides. Place tart shell on sheet pan and pop it (and remaining cornmeal mixture) into fridge while you prepare filling.

Make Filling and Bake

  1. In medium bowl, toss blueberries, brown sugar, vinegar, flour and salt together. Pour fruit into crust. Crumble remaining cornmeal mixture over blueberries, pressing mixture together into large clumps as you go, as you would with a crisp or coffee cake topping (it won’t cover top entirely to allow blueberries and juices to poke through).
  2. Bake until filling is bubbling, and crust and top are nicely browned, 50 to 55 minutes. Let tart cool completely before serving.

Chris Bernabeo


Recipes from Sweet Enough ©2023 by Alison Roman. Photographs ©2023 by Chris Bernabeo. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House