Strawberry Tart Recipe

Helene

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This Strawberry Tart Recipe is a fantastic summer dessert that will bring you directly to the streets of Paris. An elegant tart with a modern design makes this dessert appealing and styling. This amazing pie brings you to the next level for a dessert to impress your friends and family.

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This Strawberry Tart Recipe features a sweet pastry dough, a vanilla pastry cream filling, and fresh strawberries on top.This strawberry custard tart is one of the classic French desserts that you can’t say no. Every bite bursts with berry flavor. The sweetness of the filling combined with the strawberries is just a delight. And the sweet pastry crust adds texture to make this dessert pure heaven.

This Strawberry Tart, or I should say Tarte aux Fraises (French translation) is the perfect summer fruits dessert for backyard BBQs or any parties. I love this tart for a Sunday family dinner. It’s definitively one of the easy summer dessert recipes you turn again and again all along the strawberries are in season.

strawberry tart recipe on a board

Why you will love this Strawberry Tart Recipe?

  • Common ingredients
  • Sweet with the fresh strawberries but not too sweet
  • Perfect for family diner, backyard BBQs or any party: one of the best summer fruit desserts.
  • An easy dessert to impress
  • One of the most classic French desserts made from scratch
  • Can be prepared in advance

Note about the Ingredients:

Ensure to use good quality fresh strawberries: the juiciest you can find. They are the star of this dessert, and all the flavor comes from these berries, so use the best quality product.

How to make this Strawberry Tart?

The Strawberry Tart Recipe is based on 3 steps: a blind bake sweet pastry crust, a vanilla pastry cream and strawberries to decorate.

Pie crust: The best option is to prepare the sweet pastry the day before, as it’s better to let it rest in the fridge overnight and blind bake in the morning. You will find all the options to prepare the dough a few days in advance and even how to freeze it and all about storage in a very detailed blog post: my sweet pastry recipe.  

The vanilla pastry cream can be made the day before or in the morning if you plan to serve the strawberry tart in the afternoon or the evening. However, it needs to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Check the blogpost for this recipe to make the perfect vanilla filling with the right consistency and all the details about storage, etc.

Assembly: Do it only when the tart shell and vanilla pastry cream are completely cooled. Then you can assemble and decorate with fresh strawberries.

strawberry tart with fresh strawberries

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze the Strawberry Custard Tart?

Unfortunately, you cannot freeze this recipe. The pastry cream will split, and the strawberries will lose their texture when defrosted.

Can I make it ahead of time this Strawberry Tart Recipe,

Yes, the dough for the tart shell can be frozen; full detail on sweet pastry recipe. So, prepare the dough, freeze and defrost when ready to prepare the strawberry tart.

Otherwise, you can start the day before you plan to serve it, as I detailed in the section How to make this Strawberry Tart Recipe? Just above.

You can also prepare the pastry cream the day before.

How to store the Strawberry Tart?

The strawberry tart is best when serving the day, it’s made. Any leftovers: covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Can I use different fruits or berries?

Yes, you may use any berries like raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries but even other summer fruits like peach, nectarines…

Tips

Make sure to read the blog posts about the sweet pastry and the vanilla pastry cream. They are very detailed and full of tips like avoiding a soggy pie crust and preventing the pie crust from shrinking.

To make the strawberries shine:

  • Option 1: 10 minutes before serving, sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar on the strawberries (the tart will be lightly shine)
  • Option 2: melt 2 to 3 tablespoons of an apricot preserve or strawberry jam and gently coat the strawberries using a pastry brush.
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Strawberry Tart Recipe

  • Prep time: 40 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 3 hours
  • Serves: 6

This Strawberry Tart Recipe is a fantastic summer dessert that will bring you directly to the streets of Paris.

Ingredients

Sweet Pastry

  • 115 g (1 stick or 1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 75 g (3/4 cup) powdered sugar
  • 25 g (1/4 cup) ground almond, sieved
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250 g (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg wash (=1 egg yolk + 1 tbsp heavy cream)

Vanilla Pastry Cream

  • 30 cl (1 cup+ 1/4 cup) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract / vanilla paste
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 30 g (4 tablespoons) cornstarch
  • 12 g (1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon) all-purpose flour
  • 30 g (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter- diced

Topping

  • 600 g (1. 3lbs) fresh strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons apricot preserve, optional

Method

Sweet Pastry

  • 1)

    This Strawberry Tart Recipe is made with a tart ring of 8-inch (20cm) diameter.

    Prepare 1 batch of the sweet pastry, For best results, prepare the dough the day before, and line in the tart pan, cover with plastic wrap and let rest overnight. Cook the tart shell the following day: blind baking and seal with egg wash.

Vanilla Pastry Cream

Topping

  • 1)

    Wash and hull the strawberries. Cut them in half and / or wedges for the biggest ones. Place on a paper towel to absorb water.

Assembly

  • 1)

    Process when the tart shell is cooked and fully cooled and the vanilla pastry cream is set.

  • 2)

    Using a spoon or a spatula, add the pastry cream to the tart shell, spread evenly and smooth the top.

  • 3)

    Arrange the strawberries on the top.

  • 4)

    If you want to add a glaze, in a small saucepan, add the apricot preserve / jam and heat on medium heat. Stir continuously until the jam is thin and glossy. Add a few teaspoons of water if it’s too thick. Don’t let it boiled, it should be slightly warm. Using a pastry brush, gently coat the strawberries with the melted jam.

  • 5)

    Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Notes

– tart ring of 8-inch (20cm) diameter.
– US/UK standard size:  teaspoon: 5ml / tablespoon: 15ml / cup: 240ml
– The strawberry tart is best when serving the day, it’s made. Any leftovers: covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
– Scroll back to read tips and frequently asked questions within the blog post that you might find helpful

3 Comments

  • Mary

    June 22, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you so much for the amazing recipe. Real taste of the France!

  • méli

    October 11, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    Cette tarte a l’air si bonne, miam. Merci pour la recette Hélène, hop gardée dans mes favoris 🍓😋 Je ne fais pas beaucoup de patisserie alors j’adore les recettes qui ne demandent pas trop de matériel spécifique.
    Bisous
    Ps. Tes photos sont superbes !

    1. Helene

      October 15, 2022 at 9:17 am

      Merci beaucoup. Envoie-moi une photo lorsque tu la réaliseras. Avec des bonnes fraises de saison, cette tarte ne fait jamais long feu 😁

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