Monday, August 24, 2015

Strawberry Pistachio tart

I love tarts and especially I love tarts with fresh berries. They always look and taste amazing, and they make a perfect summer dessert.

I baked this Strawberry Pistachio tart in July, before our 3-weeks trip to Russia (you can see more details of this trip on my Instagram feed), unfortunately I didn't have time to share this recipe back then, but I hope you still will be able to find nice local strawberries till the end of this summer. Because this tart is definitely worth all the efforts and I'm sure, you will love it, as I do.


Sweet Tart Dough (Pate sablee):
210g plain flour, sifted
126g butter, cut into small pieces, slightly softened
86g icing sugar, sifted
pinch of salt
26g almond flour
1 egg
1 vanilla pod, split lengthways

Strawberry Compote:
100g strawberry puree (you can make it yourself or buy ready made like this one)
60g fresh strawberries, cut into small pieces
20g sugar
7g gelatin sheets

Pistachio Cream:
50g egg yolks (about  3 large)
50g sugar
225g milk
1/2 vanilla bean
23g pistachio cream (I bought mine here)
5g gelatin sheets
225g whipping cream

2,5 cups (400g) strawberries
Pistachios, blanched and chopped


Pate sablee*:
1. Combine sugar, salt and butter in a big bowl. Using the tip of a knife, scrape out the seeds from the vanilla pod and add them to the bowl. With your fingertips, mix and cream everything nicely, then add the egg and work it delicately with your fingertips.
2. Little by little add some flour to the mixture and work it until you will have a homogeneous dough.
3. Gather dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and refrigerate 1 hour.

* If well wrapped, this pastry will keep in the freezer for up to 3 month.

1. You will need a tart tin 20-24 cm with removable bottom like this one. Lightly butter it and chill on a baking tray.
2. Roll out the pastry (pate sablee) to a round, 3-4mm thick. Drape it over the rolling pin and unfurl over the tart tin.
3. Line the tin with the pastry. Trim off the excess pastry, gently press the pastry edges up the side of the tin to form a fluted lip, about 2 mm. Chill for 20 minutes in refrigerator.
4. Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F).  Pierce the chilled pastry all over with fork. Line it with baking paper, fill with beans or peas (it will prevent the dough from rising or "sliding").
5. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the beans and paper and bake for a further 10-15 minutes, until lightly colored.
6. Leave to cool completely.

Strawberry Compote:
1. Soak the gelatin in cold water for 15 minutes.
2. Put the strawberry puree and sugar into a saucepan over a medium heat and cook for about 5 minutes, don't let it boil. When the puree is hot, but not boiling, remove from the heat and add strawberry piecies.
3. Drain the gelatin, squeezing out the excess water, and add it to the puree, whisking to dissolve.
4. Let the compote cool to room temperature, then pour the compote to the chilled tart crust. Place in the refrigerator until solid, about 4 hours or overnight.

Pistachio cream:
1. Soak the gelatin in cold water for 15 minutes.
2. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into a saucepan, add milk, pistachio cream and bring to a boil.
3. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl to a light ribbon consistency.
4. Slowly pour the hot milk-mixture into the yolk-mixture, whisking continuously. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, whisking continuously, until it reaches 85C and has thickened. Remove from
3. Drain the gelatin, squeeze out the excess water and add to the cream, stirring to dissolve.
4. In another bowl, whip the cream to soft peaks. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the pistachio mixture.
5. Spread the cream in the crust over the strawberry compote. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

1. Cut the strawberries in quarters.
2.  Starting from the out edge, arrange strawberries in an overlapping circular patten, stemmed side down, on the top of pistachio cream. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios.
3. Refrigerate until ready to serve (1-2 hours)*.

* If you are not going to serve the tart the same day, it's better to brush the strawberries with warmed strawberry jam or jelly. It will prevent them from drying out.

Serve and enjoy!

If you will make this or other recipes from my blog, don't forget to share a photo on Instagram, using the tag #toetjeaddicted_recipes. I would love to see your creations!


  1. Deine Bilde sind so schön!!

    Liebste Grüße aus Hamburg
    Jenny von BLOND GIRL


  2. I've made the same in july, such a perfect combination. Your blog is wonderful :)

    1. Thank you, Romain :) combination is wonderful indeed!