A plate serving strawberry & basil tart

Strawberry & basil tart

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 35 mins plus 1 hr chilling

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Serves 6

Make a showstopper dessert for a picnic or dinner party using fresh strawberries. They team so well with the shortbread base, basil and creamy custard centre

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal585
  • fat29g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars37g
  • fibre4g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.6g
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    For the pastry

    • 125g butter



      Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

    • 200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
    • 60g caster sugar
    • 1 egg yolk

    For the filling

    • 400ml whole milk
    • 70g caster sugar
    • ½ a vanilla pod, seeds scraped
    • 4 eggs



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

    • 20g plain flour
    • 20g cornflour
    • 50ml double cream
    • 400g strawberries



      Once available in Britain for just a brief period during the summer, strawberries are now a year…

    • 5 tbsp strawberry jam
    • small handful small or micro basil leaves


    1. Make the pastry by putting the butter and flour in a food processor and pulsing to a crumbly mixture. Tip in the sugar and egg yolk, and pulse to a dough. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hr. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to the thickness of a £1 coin, then drape over a 12 x 35cm rectangular tart tin, press into the sides, and chill for 30 mins.

    2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line the pastry case with parchment and baking beans. Bake for 25 mins until the pastry is a light biscuity colour. Remove the beans and parchment; if needed, bake a little longer just to crisp up the base.

    3. While the pastry is cooking, bring the milk, sugar and vanilla to the boil. Whisk the eggs and flours together, then pour over the milk, whisking as you pour. Return the mix to the pan and cook until it becomes a thick and glossy custard. Pass it through a fine sieve and leave to cool. Meanwhile, whisk the cream until it holds its shape. Fold the cream and custard together.

    4. When the tart case is cool, spread the custard over the base. Slice the strawberries and arrange them over the top. Bring the jam to the boil with a few tbsp water, simmer to a smooth glaze, then brush over the strawberries. Scatter over the basil leaves and serve.

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    26th Jun, 2020
    This was really a stunning showpiece!! Since I really don't like custard I made half of the custard and mixed it with 100ml whipped cream. For me still too custardlike, but my family looooooved it!! I myself really loved the crust, I'll use that recipe for all my tarts in future, even though the dough is a little bit tough to handle. It tastes delicious! The tart goes really well with tea or coffee, but also with a cucumber G&T. I'll definetely make it again, next time with even less custard and some more whipped cream instead!
    29th Aug, 2017
    This was delicious. A really versatile summery recipe that can be adapted for any size tart tin or tartlets, or any fruit. The pastry can be a bit tricky to work with, but could always be made with just a standard quantity of 100g butter, but if you're feeling patient this recipe makes lovely shortbread-like pastry. I would say that after the blind baking stage, the pastry definitely needs extra baking time to crisp up the base.
    2nd Jul, 2017
    This was a lovely dessert. I couldn't fit 400 gms of strawberries on the top of the custard, but maybe I sliced mine more thinly. I served the remainder alongside. While I had the requisite rectangular tart pan, I think it could be made in a round tart pan with the same effect.
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