Berry Tart

I have been  "tart" obsessed this month. 
I can't help it, Tarts are such a great summer dessert and I have been trying out lots of new recipes. 
Unlike the glazed tart where the crust is a sponge cake, this tart has a hard crust and pastry cream filling. 

1 1/4 cup of flour
3 TB Sugar
1/2 tsp salt
6 TB cold unsalted butter
2 TB cold shortening
1/4 cup of ice cold water

Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a small bowl and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
 Put the flour in a bowl and cut the butter and shortening in (until the butter is the size of peas) If you have a food processor, use that. 
Add the ice water and mix well until the dough comes together. Dump on a well-floured surface and form into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes. 

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Spray your 9 inch tart pan (with a removable bottom) with cooking oil
Roll the dough to fit in your tart pan.
Roll the dough onto your rolling pan and roll it over your tart pan (just like you would do for a pie)
Don't stretch the dough when placing it in the dough, or it will shrink when baking. 
Cut off the access by rolling the pin across the top of the pan.

Take a piece of aluminum foil and butter one side. Place buttered side down onto your crust and fill the middle with dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes

After 15 minutes remove the foil and prick the bottom of the crust with a fork, and bake for another 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

Pastry Cream:
5 egg yolks (room temperature)
3/4 cup of sugar
3 TB cornstarch
1 1/2 cup of scalded milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 TB unsalted butter
1 TB heavy cream

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the egg yolks and sugar on medium-high speed for 4 minutes, or until very thick. Reduce speed to low and add the cornstarch.

With the mixer still on low, slowly  pour the hot milk into the egg mixture. Pour the mixture into a medium saucepan and cook low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture thickens (5 -7 minutes)
Don't be alarmed when the custard comes to a boil and appears to curdle; switch to a whisk and beat vigorously. Cook, whisking constantly, for another 2 minutes; the custard will come together and become very thick like pudding. Stir in the vanilla, butter and heavy cream. 
Cool slightly and pour into the baked tart shell.
Place plastic wrap directly on the custard and refrigerate until cold. 

About an hour before serving, wash some strawberries and slice them.
Toss with 1/4 cup of sugar and place around your tart. 

Or you can just use different berries like I did here:

Just wash and put them on top of the tart. 
No sugar, the contrast of the sweet/tangy berries plus the sweet pastry cream and flakey crust is amazing.



  1. yum!! You are receiving an award today!

  2. Strawberry tart is looking so delicious.Perfect desert for my little one's birthday party.

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