Savoury Strawberry Tart

As with most things, the key to this savoury strawberry tart is in the ingredients.

  • Preparation Time35 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyMedium

Tart Crust:

300g all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
230g unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces (or lard, shortening, and/or cream cheese)
60-120ml ice water

Filling:

340g crème fraîche or sour cream
340g fresh soft goat cheese (chèvre)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 pints strawberries, such as Gaviota, seascape and fraises des boises if possible, rinsed and thoroughly dried, tops removed and halved if quite large
Balsamic vinegar, for serving
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives, for serving
  1.    For the tart crust: Put the flour, sugar and salt and butter in a food processor and pulse until the chunks of butter are broken down to the size of peas and the flour feels like wet sand. You can also combine quickly using your fingertips. Add 1/4 cup of the ice water and pulse until the dough comes together easily. If it immediately separates into clumps, add 2 tablespoons of the remaining water at a time. You can always add more water but not more flour, so be careful not to add too much!   
  2. Divide the dough into 2 balls and set them on top of 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Loosely wrap up each ball and press down to flatten into a 1-inch-thick disk.    
  3. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using (see Cook’s Note).    
  4. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 220 degrees C.     
  5. Roll out 1 dough disk (see Cook’s Note) on a lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thick and lay over a 9-inch tart pan. Gently press the dough into the pan, careful not to stretch or rip it (you can patch holes with excess dough). Prick the dough with a fork, cover the pan with parchment paper and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 10 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees F. Remove the beans or weights and the parchment, and finish baking until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Set the tart shell aside to cool completely.    
  6. For the filling: Whip the crème fraîche, goat cheese, salt and pepper together in a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer until smooth and light. Spread into the cooled tart crust and top with the strawberries around the edges. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with the chives. This tart is best the same day it’s made.

Cook’s Note

The tart crust is a double crust recipe. You can refrigerate the second dough disk for 3 days or freeze it for future use.