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Hello again and happy International Women’s Day to all of you lovely ladies out there. I want to wish you lots of happiness and don’t forget that – WE CAN DO IT!
How many of you can’t wait for the summer to be here already? I imagine hands in the air in support of that because I tend to believe that most people prefer the summer. If you are following me on Instagram then you probably have already seen many post where I complain about the cold weather and constantly try to convince myself that summer is just around the corner. One of the most successful ways for a summer escape that I’ve found in time is throughout food typical for the warm season. And what says ‘summer’ better than some fresh strawberries?! And since we are still on the fruit topic since last week’s post (which if you haven’t read by now you can find here ), I have decided to show you a recipe for a delicious strawberry mascarpone tart. Sounds good, right? Well it gets even better when you find out how easy you can make it at home.
One of the main components in this recipe is the tart crust. Here are the ingredients you’ll be needing for it:
For the tart crust:
- 100 gr powdered sugar
- 200 gr butter
- 300 gr flour
- 1 egg
The butter has to be at room temperature so I would suggest that you take it out of the fridge for about an hour before you would like to begin with the recipe. Cut the butter into big pieces and combine with the sugar and the flour in a big bowl. Use your hands to mix them well until wet crumbs form. Then add the egg and mix until the dough is no longer dry and starts to clump together. At this point the dough will be soft so you need to wrap it is plastic foil and refrigerate for about half an hour.
The tart pan that I am using is about 22 cm with a removable bottom which is very useful with this type of dough. Also, I find this size of the pan to be perfect for desserts with 8-10 pieces.
Now is the moment to turn on your oven at 180 degrees and to take out the dough from the fridge. If it’s too cold and hard to work with I recommend to warm it up with your hands for a bit but be careful not to make it too loose. Roll the dough into 3 mm and trim the edges of the pan with the help of a knife or with your hands. I would like to mention that the quantity of the ingredients for the dough is enough for 2 tart crusts with the approximate size of my tart pan.
Poke the dough with a fork. You have to do that because if you don’t then you’ll end up with hot air under the dough while baking and it will change it’s shape. Place a piece of baking paper on top of the dough and then put on top of it around 1 kg of raw beans. Spread it evenly on top of the crust and don’t forget the edges. This step of making the crust is really important because if you miss it, then the butter will melt before the dough is baked and you will lose the shape of the tart. The moment is also know as ‘blind baking’. I normally bake this way about 10-15 minutes before I remove the paper and the beans. After that bake a bit more until you have a golden crust.
The crust needs to cool down and when it does it will remove itself from the sides of the pan.
Meanwhile prepare the mascarpone filling. Here are the ingredients that you will need for it:
For the mascarpone filling:
- 250 gr mascarpone
- 50 gr yogurt
- 50 gr liquid whipping cream
- 1 tsp gelatine
- 3 full tbsp. honey
Begin with the gelatine – put it in a small cup, I use an espresso cup. Add one tbsp. cold water and mix well. Carefully melt the gelatine in the microwave and let it cool down for a minute before adding it to the rest of the ingredients for the filling. Combine in a large bowl the rest of the ingredients and mix them. Add the gelatine and then pour the mix into the tart crust. Even it up with a spoon or a spatula and leave it in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Just before you serve the tart cut the strawberries into pieces and add them to the tart. You can choose the shape of the pieces, and also the way you will form them on top of the tart. You can see in the pictures how I decorated it and if you have any other idea go for it and don’t forget to send me pictures.
And just like that the summer turned out to be only a piece of tart away.
That was it for today. I really hope you liked it. Let me know what you think in the comment section below and don’t forget to have fun!