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My strawberry elderflower tart features sweet strawberries và tangy cream spiked with elderflower against a buttery pâte sucrée.

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With the warm weather in San Diego, strawberry season starts a lot earlier than the rest of the country. It’s their sweet fragrance that draws me khổng lồ the strawberries from Rodney Kawano Farm where we get a few pounds at a time. Coupled with the elderflowers from my garden I made a strawberry elderflower tart. The tart features sweet strawberries & floral cream spiked with elderflower against a buttery pâte sucrée.

Ingredient Notes

Elderflower cordial: edlderflower cordial or liqueur adds a wonderful floral lưu ý to drinks và desserts. My two favorite brands are St Germain và Belvoir Farm.

Tips for Making Pâte Sucrée

The tart starts with a pâte sucrée, or sweet French butter based pastry dough that can be used lớn make both sweet tarts & pies. A classic pâte sucrée is all about butter so use quality butter. Avoid shortening or lard.

To get a flaky crust, keep your equipment and butter as cold as possible so the butter does not melt & becomes overworked. Handle the butter as little as possible with your hands to avoid melting it with your temperature.Slowly add in ice water, a tablespoon at a time. When mixing the wet ingredients into the dry, stop once it sticks together to khung the cohesive dough. Use the least amount of water possible to avoid a soggy dough or creating too much gluten.Pat the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic, & chill it in the fridge for at least one hour before rolling out the dough. Letting it rest in the fridge allows the gluten lớn relax.Gently roll the dough between two sheets of parchment paper lớn keep from sticking. Carefully transfer dough to lớn your tart pan & use your rolling pin và roll over the dough lớn trim the edges. You can also bởi this with a knife.Freeze the dough after being placed in the tart pan for another 30 minutes lớn make sure the butter stays solid và doesn’t melt into the flour. The oven’s heat will cause the tart layers to puff & resulting in a flakier crust.Well-wrapped dough can be stored in the fridge for up to about 3 days or in the freezer for up khổng lồ 1 month.

Tips for Baking the Crust

For this strawberry elderflower tart, blind-baking is required. Blind-baking is the process of baking a tart shell before it’s filled especially for pies with no-bake fillings lượt thích banana và cream, lemon meringue, or chocolate pudding. It’s a two step process that requires the crust to be filled with pie weights for the first bake. The pie weights help the crust keep its shape instead of slumping into a gloppy mess. If you don’t own pie weights, you can also use dried beans or rice.

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On the second round, the pie weights are removed & crust baked until golden brown. You’re aiming for the màu sắc of golden brown to lớn get the best texture and flavor. When in doubt, it’s better khổng lồ slightly over-bake than under-bake. No one likes a soggy crust. The baked crust will keep at room temperature, tightly wrapped, for up to lớn 2 days.


How khổng lồ Make the Filling

For the filling, simply whip the heavy cream & confectioners" sugar until soft peaks form. địa chỉ cửa hàng in elderflower cordial and creme fraiche and beat for another minute until everything is combined. Taste the cream and showroom more sugar if you lượt thích it a bit sweeter. Refrigerate the cream mixture for at least 4 hours lớn let the flavor meld together. You can also make the filling the day before.


How to lớn Assemble the Tart

Once all the components are ready, it’s a easy to lớn put the tart together. Simply fill the pastry crust with spiked cream then đứng đầu it off with sliced strawberries và garnish with fresh elderflowers. It is best eaten the day of but can be stored in the fridge for 48 hours.


This strawberry elderflower is a play on the classic combination of strawberries và cream. Bite into it and you get a light, tangy filling and sweet strawberries against a buttery crust. It"s the perfect dessert khổng lồ celebrate spring.


For more spring dessert inspiration, you might lượt thích these recipes: strawberry elderflower pavlova, roasted strawberry cream pie, no bake strawberry creme fraiche cheesecake, rhubarb elderflower cake.