Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Tart with Shortbread Crust and Peaches
This Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Tart with Shortbread Crust and Peaches is the stuff dessert dreams are made of. It’s a creamy, lightened-up way to enjoy cheesecake and so easy to make too!
I have always been a sweets and dessert person. Offer me a cookie, brownie, or ice cream and I have a very hard time turning it down. With that said, I’m trying to limit the amount of sweets that I eat, and reserve them for special occasions. I want to eat a healthy diet for health reasons, and I also just feel better when I make healthy choices. I’m definitely not perfect though, and I’m still figuring some things out.
When I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my first pregnancy, I couldn’t imagine how I was going to survive without cookies or breakfast pastries. But I did. Now, after three pregnancies where I limited my sugar and carbohydrate intake, my body has adapted to not crave sugar quite so much.
One thing that’s working for me is instead of making a regular batch of chocolate chip cookies, I’ll make a healthier treat, such as these Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies. For a morning snack, instead of a buttery, sugar-filled blueberry muffin, I love a slice of this Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread. And most days, a small bowl of granola hits the spot as an evening snack just as much as a bowl of ice cream would.
When it comes to special occasions, I still enjoy baking and sharing desserts with friends and family. We recently had some family visiting from out of town, and I made this Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Tart with Shortbread Crust and Peaches for dessert one night. Everyone loved it and I can’t wait for another special occasion to come up so that I can make it again. I was tempted to make another one just for Brad and I this week, but I resisted. 😉
In no way can I claim that this cheesecake tart is a health food, but I did what I could to lighten it up. Instead of cream cheese the cheesecake is made with Greek yogurt. I like to use full-fat Greek yogurt but 2% will work as well. If you haven’t yet tried Greek yogurt cheesecake, you really should! I love the flavor and lighter texture of it.
This Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Tart with Shortbread Crust and Peaches couldn’t be easier to make. I used my stand mixer to mix up both the crust and filling. The crust is a no-fuss shortbread that you press in the pan with your fingers. It couldn’t be easier. (And I even threw some white whole wheat flour into the mix, and you would never know!)
The fresh peaches are so delicious on top of this tart, as would be other fresh fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries.
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup white whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup (1 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 2 cups full-fat Greek yogurt (2% will work in a pinch)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1 fresh peach, thinly sliced
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a tart pan with a removable bottom on a baking sheet.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the all-purpose flour, white whole wheat flour, sugar and salt. Add in the butter pieces and mix on low speed for 3 minutes, then increase speed to medium and mix for 2 more minutes, until dough holds together when you press it with your fingers.
- Use your fingers to press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan, pressing it down firmly. Bake crust for about 15 minutes, until barely golden. Place on a wire rack to cool slightly while you make the filling.
- Wash out the mixer bowl and return it to the stand mixer. Place Greek yogurt and sugar in the mixer bowl and mix until well combined. Add in eggs, vanilla and lemon zest and mix until smooth.
- Pour the cheesecake mixture into the tart crust and smooth into an even layer. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until cheesecake is just set.
- Let cheesecake cool on a wire rack for 1-2 hours, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours before serving. Arrange peach slices on top of cheesecake, slice and serve.
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