I’ve used this recipe twice now. Each time my family has gobbled it up. I like others could not find the ready made tart crusts. I just used the ready made pie crust and made one big strawberry pie. The second time I mixed blueberries with the strawberries.
WHITE CHOCOLATE AND STRAWBERRY TART
225 g. plain flour
100 g. cold, unsalted butter, diced
2 tbsp. caster sugar
1 Large egg, beaten
For the filling
250 g. mascarpone
200 g. white chocolate, broken into pieces
150 mL Double cream
400 g. small fresh strawberries and icing sugar for decoration
- Sift the flour into a food processor with a pinch of salt. Add the butter and blitz until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Tip the mixture into a large bowl.
- Stir in the sugar and enough egg until the mixture forms clumps. Bring the mixture together with your hands and knead on a lightly floured worktop – don’t overwork or the pastry will become tough. Flatten into a disc, wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.
- Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured worktop to a thickness of 3mm, then press into the base and sides of a deep 20cm tart tin. Prick the base with a fork. Chill well (or freeze if you like) until ready to bake.
- Heat the oven to 190°C (170ºC fan oven) gas mark 5. Cover the base and sides of the pastry with a circle of crumpled baking parchment and baking beans. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the pastry has set. Remove the beans and parchment and continue baking for 5-10 minutes until the pastry is dry and sandy to the touch. Cool in the tin on a wire rack.
- Melt the mascarpone and chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Don’t stir until it’s all melted or the mixture will ‘clump’. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
- Lightly whip the cream until it matches the consistency of the mascarpone. Gently fold the cream into the mascarpone a few spoonfuls at a time. Pour into the pastry case and chill until firm (overnight). To serve the strawberry tart, decorate with the remaining fruit and dust with icing sugar.