If you’re a fan of strawberries, or tarts, or just dessert in general – you need to make this gluten free strawberry tart. With a buttery gluten free sweet shortcrust pastry, luxurious vanilla pastry cream and luscious, vibrant strawberries, this easy strawberry tart is the perfect summer dessert.
3tbspstrawberry jam, mixed with 1 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tbsp water
9 inch (23 cm) round baking pan with a loose base
For the gluten free sweet shortcrust pastry:
In a bowl, sift together the gluten free flour, powdered sugar, xanthan gum and salt.
Add the cubed cold unsalted butter, and use your fingers to rub the flour and butter together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Add the egg yolks and mix together with the fork.
Add the cold water, 1 tbsp at a time, stirring well with a fork after each addition. After you've added about 3 - 4 tbsp of water, use your hands to bring the dough together in a ball. Knead it together briefly to get a smooth shortcrust pastry dough – if there are too many dried bits, sprinkle with a bit of cold water and briefly knead again.
Wrap the finished pastry dough into cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Pre-heat the oven to 355 ºF (180 ºC) and get a 9 inch (23 cm) round baking pan with a loose base ready.
Roll out the pastry dough into a circle about 4 - 5 mm thin.
Carefully transfer the dough into the baking pan and ensure that it's snug with the sides of the baking pan. Leave any excess pastry hanging over the sides – this will ensure that the pastry doesn't slide down the sides of the baking pan during baking.
Prick the dough all over with a fork.
Line the dough with a large piece of baking/greaseproof paper. (To make this easier, scrunch up the baking paper beforehand, but make sure to mark which is the greased/"non-stick" side beforehand!) Press the paper into the edges of the dough. Fill the paper with baking beans (or some rice, if you don't have those on hand). Chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
Blind bake the tart for 15 minutes at 355 ºF (180 ºC), then carefully remove the baking beans and paper, and bake for a further 15 minutes at the same temperature.
Immediately after removing the baked pastry shell from the oven, trim away the excess pastry. (It makes an excellent sweet snack!)
Allow to cool, then carefully remove the pastry shell from the baking pan.
For vanilla pastry cream:
In a saucepan, bring the milk to the boil.Make sure you're using a saucepan that isn't sensitive to scratching – you'll use the same saucepan to make the cream filling, and you'll have to whisk it. So a non-stick saucepan isn't suitable – go for something like stainless steel!
In the mean time, in a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, granulated sugar and vanilla paste until pale. Add the cornstarch and lemon zest and mix well.
Slowly pour the boiling hot milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Don't add the milk too quickly, or your eggs will scramble!
Return the mixture to the saucepan and start cooking it on medium heat with constant stirring. At this beginning stage, when the mixture is still runny, don't use a whisk! Using a whisk will lead to a foam forming, and that foam is a pain to get rid of.Once the pastry cream has started thickening (after about 2 - 3 minutes), switch to a whisk and whisk well until the cream has thickened completely (a further 2 - 3 minutes).
Transfer the pastry cream into a heat-proof bowl and allow it to cool to room temperature. Stir occasionally to prevent "skin" formation.
Transfer the cooled pastry cream into the cooled pastry shell and smooth out the top. The pastry cream should fill the pastry shell up to ~1/3 - 3/4 inch (1 - 2 cm) below the edge of the pastry, so as to allow enough space for the strawberries.
Arrange the halved strawberries on top of the pastry cream (see pictures in text) and brush the tops of the strawberries with the strawberry jam + lemon juice mixture.If the strawberry juice is too thick for brushing it on top of the strawberries, warm it slightly on medium-low heat, or add another tbsp of water.
Chill for at least 2 hours before serving, and enjoy!
The gluten free strawberry tart keeps well in a closed container in the fridge for 3 - 4 days.
Recipe by The Loopy Whisk (www.theloopywhisk.com).