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Tarte aux Fraises (French Strawberry Tart)

French strawberry tart decorated with fresh strawberries and sprinkled with icing sugar and chopped pistachios

5 from 11 reviews

Fresh, sweet, summery, and fruity is what this French strawberry tart (tarte aux fraises in French) highlights. Juicy strawberries, almond cream, vanilla custard, and puff pastry go together well in this classic French dessert.

Ingredients

Scale

1 sheet puff pastry

For the almond cream:

  • 3 1/2 tablespoons (50 g) salted butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons (50 g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 1 teaspoon (50 g) almond flour
  • 1 large egg

For the pastry cream:

  • 2/3 cup + 1 tablespoon (175 g) whole milk
  • 8 1/2 teaspoons (40 g) granulated white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon (15 g) corn starch
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) unsalted butter

For decoration:

  • 17.5 oz. (500 g) fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon icing (powdered) sugar
  • 0.35 oz. (10 g) raw pistachios (see note #1)

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Instructions

  1. To make the almond cream, mix softened butter, ground almonds, sugar with a rubber spatula. Add the egg and gently mix just to combine. Cover it with plastic film in contact and refrigerate.
  2. To make the puff pastry crust, preheat the oven to 355 F/180 F. Thaw the frozen butter puff pastry and, using a rolling pin, roll it out between two parchment paper sheets to 1/5 inches/5 mm thick. Line a 9-inch/23 cm fluted tart pan, with a removable base, with the pastry, pressing it into the bottom and sides of the dish. Trim the edge with a sharp knife and prick the bottom with a fork. Bake for 25 minutes. Take the pastry out of the oven and lightly press the pastry base to flatten, using a paper towel. Decrease the oven temperature to 300 F/150 C. With a spoon or a small bent spatula, spread the almond cream. Bake for a further 20 minutes. Remove it from the love, let it cool completely in the pan, then transfer the pastry base to a serving platter.
  3. To make the pastry cream, split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise, scrape the seeds with the tip of a knife. In a mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks, sugar, and corn starch with a hand whisk. Pour milk into a medium saucepan, add scraped vanilla seeds, and the pot split in half, and bring to a boil. Remove the vanilla pod, add hot milk while stirring to the egg yolk mixture. Pour the mixture back to the saucepan and cook the cream over low to medium heat, stirring constantly. Stop cooking when the cream thickens. Remove the pot from the heat, add butter, and mix. Transfer the pastry cream to a shallow dish, cover with plastic in contact (it should touch the whole surface of the cream). Let it cool at room temperature.
  4. To assemble the tart, whisk the pastry cream with a hand whisk and spread it on top of the baked almond cream. Wash, drain, and hull strawberries. Leave a few of them with green tops for decoration. Cut strawberries in half lengthwise and arrange them over the tart. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.
  5. To serve tarte aux fraises, sprinkle the edge of the tart with icing (powdered) sugar. To highlight strawberry haves, take some, sprinkle them with icing sugar and place them back on the tart. Sprinkle the dessert with chopped pistachios. 

Notes

  1. 10 g pistachios equal about 18 raw pistachios.
  2. Do not overmix the almond cream; otherwise, it will swell during baking and overflow the tart. Use only a rubber spatula for this step.
  3. Watch the color of the almond cream while baking: it has to be lightly brown.
  4. Cut fresh strawberries in two or four, depending on the size. Leave some of them with green tops.
  5. Arrange strawberries on top of the tart in the way you desire.

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Keywords: tarte aux fraises, tarte au fraise, French strawberry tart

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