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How To Prepare An Elegant Raspberry Tart

Side view of a raspberry tart with french vanilla pastry cream filling
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Today, I want to teach you how to prepare an elegant Raspberry tart so you can bake it for someone special in your life!

Most of the time, simple is the most elegant way you can go. Less is more, right? I’m proposing this elegant raspberry tart on a delicious French vanilla pastry cream.

I actually already taught you how to make a shortbread crust with the French Vanilla Crème Brûlée tart. Wasn’t it easy and delicious? I do this crust with my eye closed! Seriously. Ok, well I keep them open a little to see what’s going on :).

About the French pastry cream in the Tart…

I have chatted about this delicious pastry cream recipe I do! It is my go-to recipe for fruit tarts. Trust me, you don’t need special skills to make it.

You need to know how to separate an egg yolk from the egg white and pay attention to what you are doing. That. Is. It!

Warm up some milk with the scrapped Vanilla bean.
Separate egg yolks and mix with the sugar.
Pour boiling milk on the mixture.
Put back on low heat and add the cornstarch.
Keep an eye or 2 😛 and keep stirring until it thickens.
DONE!
Leave it to cool down.

Isn’t easy? Don’t get intimidated by French recipes. Remember how I demystify the French Crème Brûlée for you? Check the video!

Raspberry Tart or any other fruit…

The sky is the limit. Once you have made your crust (I make mine a day ahead sometimes to stay organized), you need to make your pastry cream and assemble your dessert.

NOTE: If you have leftovers (I said IF), do not keep the pastry cream longer than 48 hours tops. 24 hours is ideal.

Hand placing raspberries on the french vanilla pastry cream tart

I highly recommend making my recipes using a scale but for your convenience I have also converted the recipe using this website.

Pastry Cream adapted and inspired from the book French Cooking.

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Raspeberry Tart

Simple but elegant Raspberry tart with a French vanilla pastry cream filling.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Raspberry, French, Pastry cream
Servings: 6 persons

Ingredients

For the shortbread crust

  • a little less than 1/2 cup butter softened (cut in cube packeor 100g
  • 1 and 1/3 cup flour or 200g
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg medium size
  • 1 egg white

For the French Vanilla Pastry Cream

  • 2 cups milk 500ml
  • 1 vanilla bean scrapped
  • 3 egg yolks large
  • 1/2 cup sugar 100g
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch 60g

Fruits

  • 2 pints raspberries washed & dried

Instructions

For the shortbread crust

  • Mix the butter, the flour and salt together until it is crumbly.
  • Add the egg and mix gently.
  • Form into a ball and set in the fridge for 20 minutes or so.
  • Preheat the oven at 300F
  • Roll the dough thinly but thick enough so it does not break and place it in the baking mold. Poke with the fork lightly.

For the French Vanilla Pastry Cream

  • In a pot, pour the milk, the scrapped vanilla and the opened bean (to infuse) and bring to a boil.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and the sugar until it whitened.
  • Remove milk from the stove and using a strainer (for the vanilla bean) pour the milk over the egg yolk/sugar mixture while stirring.
  • Add the cornstarch and stir well so there are no lumps
  • Put back on the stove on low heat and keep stirring until your cream starts thickening.
  • Remove from the stove and allow to cool.

Assembling

  • Spread the pastry cream into the shortbread crust to the height of the borders.
  • Gently place the raspberries on top of the pastry cream.
    Hand placing raspberries on the french vanilla pastry cream tart
  • Voilà!

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Colleen
    May 27, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    5 stars
    tHIS TART REALLY IS ELEGANT AND SOUNDS DELICIOUS, TOO. tHE RASPBERRIES COULD BE SWAPPED OUT FOR STRAWBERRIES, TOO, i’M THINKING. lOVELY DESSERT!

    • Reply
      Mélanie
      May 29, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      Yes, any other berry would work and look pretty aligned. 🙂

  • Reply
    Bernice Hill
    May 28, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    5 stars
    THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF MY MOST FAVOURITE DESSERTS. EVER. i DON’T KNOW WHY i HAVEN’T TRIED MAKING IT YET, YOU MAKE IT SOUND SO EASY!!

    • Reply
      Mélanie
      May 29, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      I don’t why either Bernice :). I specially love the combo of raspberries and vanilla pastry cream! Yum!

  • Reply
    Leanne | Crumb Top Baking
    May 29, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    5 stars
    This really is an elegant tart Melanie! Perfect for summertime entertaining, and love that I can sub in other seasonal fruit!

  • Reply
    SaBrina
    June 6, 2019 at 3:41 am

    5 stars
    This is a wonderful recipe and i espeCially love how you break it down into MANAGEABLE steps. So much easier (for me anyway) to make the crust a day ahead. Simply delightFul, thank you!

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