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Strawberry Tart

Time for making this strawberry tart is 1 hour, plus 2 hours' chilling. Per Emily Weinstein, the recipe's author, this is a "dessert that makes more of a splash than just serving berries and cream but still has that simple charm. The only trick part is the crust, which could crack as you transfer it to a serving board. But if that happens, don't despair. It's meant to be effortlessly loose and casual, and you can covr the damage with swirls of mascarpone and a blanket of berries.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword Simplest Strawberry Tart, Strawberries, Strawberry Tart, Tart
Servings 8
Author Emily Weinstein (recipe adapted from "Sweeter Off the Vine," by Yossy Arefi.

Ingredients

For the Rye Crust:

  • cup (85 grams) all purpose flour
  • cup (85 grams) rye flour (I used a mix of almond, rice, all-purpose, and whole wheat flours, as did not have rye in the fridge)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1-½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 9 tablespoon (127 grams) very cold unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch cubes (I like to grate the butter using the largest holes of a box grater)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten, for egg wash (forgot this step, but was not missed)

For the Tart:

  • 1 cup (225 grams) mascarpone, at room temperature (I used Siggi's non-fat vanilla yogurt)
  • 3 tablespoon granulated sugar (I used about 1-½ tablespoon)
  • 1 pound (450 grams) small, sweet strawberries
  • 3 tablespoon high-quality strawberry jam (optional - I did not use this)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the crust: Whisk the flours and salt together in a large bowl. Combine apple cider vinegar with 5 tablespoons ice water.

  2. Working quickly, add butter to the flour mixture and toss to coat. Use your fingers or the palms of your hands to press each cube of butter into the flour, ensuring that each butter piece gets coated, until the mixture resembles coarse meal with some pea-size lumps. If at any time the butter seems warm or soft, briefly refrigerate the bowl. Alternatively, you can pulse the butter and flour together in a food processor. (I did everything by hand)

  3. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of the cold vinegar-water mixture over the flour mixture. Use a gentle hand or wooden spoon to stir the water into the flour until just combined. If using a food processor, pulse a few more times, or until the dough begins to come together. If the dough seems dry, add more of the cold vinegar-water mixture, a couple of teaspoons at a time. You have added enough water when you can pick up a handful of the dough and easily squeeze it together without it falling apart.

  4. Form the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight. (Dough keeps for up to 3 months in the freezer wrapped in a double layer of plastic wrap and a layer of foil. Thaw in refrigerator before using.)

  5. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 400 degrees.

  6. On a lightly floured piece of parchment paper, roll out the pie crust into an oval about 15 x 6 inches and just under ¼-inch thick. Use a paring knife or pastry cutter to trim any rough edges and move the parchment paper and crust to a baking sheet, preferably rimless. Dock the crust with a fork to prevent it from puffing up too much in the oven. Brush the surface of the crust from edge to edge with the egg wash.

    Rolled out pie crust dough for this Simplest Strawberry Tart, docked and ready for baking in the oven.
  7. Bake until crust is deep golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Check on the crust halfway through baking; if any bubbles have appeared, use a spatula to press them flat. Cool the crust completely on the pan

  8. Prepare the tart: While the crust is cooling, combine mascarpone and 2 tablespoons sugar. Hull the strawberries and cut them into ¼-inch slices.

  9. Carefully slide the cooled crust off the baking sheet onto a serving platter or board. Spread mascarpone over the top in an even layer, dot with jam, then arrange sliced strawberries in a single, slightly overlapping layer in a decorative pattern. Sprinkle the tart with the remaining tablespoon of sugar. (Omit this final sprinkling if your strawberries are particularly sweet.) Slice and serve immediately.

    Strawberry Tart, ready for serving.