Aunt Alexandra’s Dewberry Tarts

Aunt Alexandra’s Dewberry Tarts

“Why, Alexandra, I never saw such charlotte… just lovely… I never can get my crust like this, never can… who’d‘ve thought of little dewberry tarts…” – Calpurnia (Pg. 261: To Kill A Mockingbird)

Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird, Perennial Classics Edition, Perennial, 2002.

National Pastry Day: Sunday, December 9, 2018!

Dewberry: Dewberries are a wild plant that are closely related to the blackberries.


  • 1 Package of Pepperidge Farm Pastry Shells *Due to time constraints I was not able to make my own tart dough but I recommend you do that instead, I will link below a tart dough recipes from a Youtube channel I like*
  • Tart Dough Recipe:
  • 2 Packages Blackberries (12 oz.) (I could not find dewberries at my grocery store, but if you can or you grow them definitely use them!) 
  • ½  cup sugar
  • Optional: ½ tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • Optional: Cool Whip to layer with your tarts! I think it adds a really nice touch, you could even make fresh whipped cream, yum! 
  • *There is butter in the ingredients image but I did not end up using it because I forgot, I originally planned to glaze a little extra on the tarts*

*This makes enough to fill about half a Bonne Maman Fruit Preserves jar, feel free to double the recipe if you would like but I had enough (even extra) for all 6 of the tarts I made! 


For the Tarts: 

  • Preheat your oven to whatever temperature your tart dough/pre-made tart shells calls for (store-bought or homemade)
  • Bake them in the oven for the temperature that your tart dough calls for

For the “Dewberry” (in this case Blackberry) Filling:

  • Take you 2 packages (12 oz.) of dewberries or blackberries and smash them down
I love my Red Copper Pan, a seriously wonderful non-stick pan! I highly recommend investing in one of these! 
  • Then add ½  cup or less (or more) of sugar ( I think it really depends on how sweet or sour your dewberries/blackberries are) and *Optional: ½  teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • Cook on low heat and stir with a wooden spoon until jam forms, mine took about 20-25 minutes but it may vary depending on your stove

Assembling your Tarts: 

  • Cool down your prepared tarts and jam to cool to room temperature
  • *Optional: Take your cool whip and layer that halfway into the tart
  • Fill the rest with your jam or fill the whole thing with it! I personally think  filling the whole tart with jam was too much (I tried it and did not like it) , but adding the layer of Cool Whip just really suited the jam with the tart in my opinion.
I dolloped the cream on top for this image, but I recommend layering it beneath the jam!

In my English II class we were required to read the American Classic “To Kill A Mockingbird.” I am really glad to have been able to read such an inspiring book that sparked many discussions between my peers and I about the nature of society as a whole from the past to now. One of the goals on my bucket list is to read “All or as many of the Great American Classics” so I’ve got one down and many more to go! 

P.S. If you’re thinking of buying and reading “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee Click Here! 

Thank You Kamini Kapoor, My Recipe was Inspired By You!

Here is her original recipe:  

Kapoor, Kamini. “Dewberry Tarts.” Cooking and Spices,


3 thoughts on “Aunt Alexandra’s Dewberry Tarts

    1. Thank you so much for the compliment and again for being the inspiration for my recipe! I am very late to reply but I am incredibly sorry I just saw your message. I was not aware that there was commenting approval function through WordPress until today.

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