Tuesdays with Dorie: La Palette’s Strawberry Tart

June 10, 2008 at 5:32 am | Posted in groups, pies & tarts, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 66 Comments

la palette's strawberry tart

They say that within simplicity lies beauty, and this strawberry tart (our TWD recipe of the week) is a case in point.  At its bare bones, it’s just a sablée crust, strawberry jam and fresh berries.  It’s delicious as is, and even better tricked out with a couple of Dorie’s minor embellishments.  I put a little hazelnut meal into the tart dough and tossed the cut berries in kirsch, a sprinkling of sugar and a hit of black pepper.  Dorie recommends serving this with a little crème fraîche or whipped cream, but I had mascarpone in the fridge, so that’s what I used.

I decided to make individual tarts so I could bake the shells off as needed, which is a good idea when there are only two of you, and a great idea when its been so damp all week.  I really loved the ultra-crisp crust, although I admit it was a little tricky to cut into.  Reminiscent of a linzer cookie, the tart shells are sweet and nutty, and filled with the jam and berries moments before serving.  It’s not exactly strawberry season over here, but I did find one lady still selling them at the monthly growers’ market, and happily they were pretty good.

 la palette's strawberry tart

This week’s recipe was chosen by Marie of A Year in Oak Cottage.  If you want to read about the inspiration for this tart from the woman herself, look for the recipe in Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or on Serious Eats.  And don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Lovely I must say. I am going to make mine later this afternoon. It looks amazing!

  2. Lovely! Strawberries here (inTexas) are PERFECT right now.
    The crust on this tart looks amazing. Yum!

  3. That looks amazing! Fabulous job!

  4. Yum – that looks so good! Strawberries arent in season here so I used quince

  5. Love how your tart shells came out! I am about to pop mine in the oven.

  6. I almost used nuts in my crust but thought I would try the basic crust first. Matthew had a moment where the crust jumped off his plate as he tried to cut it.
    As always stunning photos.

  7. Once again, these look amazing! I like that you make them to order. The crust on mine has gone soggy overnight, but it still tastes good.

    BTW, I nominated you for a “Blogging with a Purpose” award. 🙂

  8. The big grinds of pepper on your berries look just charming. Beautiful, really.

  9. Beeee-u-tiful! I hate to admit this, but at 6:30 pm my time (Utah, USA) – I still haven’t even started. I don’t know why I’ve been in this baking slump this weekend, but, your pictures just inspired me to get down to it! So glad your time zone is ahead of me now!

  10. Gorgeous! I love the idea of individual tarts! Great job!
    Clara @ I♥food4thought

  11. Those tarts look too good to eat! I also went with mascarpone to top the tart, and thought it was a fantastic accompaniament. Great job!

  12. I love that I can see the cracked black pepper – it just gives these an extra pop.

  13. Yours look yummy!

  14. The shell looks absolutely perfect – I also like how you put the name into the picture. I have photoshop but no idea how to use it!!

  15. mmmm…your tarts look so delicious! Great job!

  16. Lovely job on the tarts. I like the idea of baking the shells as needed. And the mascarpone looks yummy on top.

  17. Yum! Yours look wonderful!

  18. Love the individual crusts! Much nicer form for entertaining.

  19. Look at the pastry on that little sucker – just perfect. I adore strawberry tart…..

  20. Your mini tarts look so pretty!

  21. Your tart looks perfect!

  22. Looks fantastic. Wasn’t this a great recipe – we loved it. wish our photo turned out as nicely as yours!

  23. Beautiful job!

  24. Your tart turned out fantastic.

  25. Your tart is beautiful! Damp weather, lucky you we have a heat index of 110 today, it is soooo hot here!

  26. Love the personal tarts…I think a lot of people probably went that route!!

  27. Beautiful pictures. Very inviting.

  28. Those strawberries look so good. And your pics are amazing!

  29. Beautiful tarts and photography! I lived in Sydney when I was a child (long long time ago) and went to school there.

  30. Your tart looks beautiful!

  31. Your crust looks so beautiful with your addition…am definitely trying that soon, thanks for sharing!

    Very beautiful photos…just gorgeous!

  32. mmmmmm….mascarpone!!! Why didn’t I think of that! Deliciously well done I’d say! Your pictures are so tasty looking!

  33. Marscapone cheese! Oh it looks so good.

  34. Great looking tarts !

    Ulrike from Küchenlatein

  35. I love the little baby tarts! Beautiful job!

  36. Beautiful as always.

  37. ooh they are adorable!! the mascarpone looks so pretty & sounds great 🙂

  38. Good God your pictures are gorgeous! So jealous!

  39. I know before I even come here that I’ll be drooling like a baby, and yes! – today is no different! Gorgeous Steph!!!

  40. Oooh!! This looks fantastic!!! I love the individuals!

  41. I love how bright your strawberries are. And your crust is perfect!

  42. Yours looks beautiful! I completely forgot about the pepper, but I’m not sure if all the kids would have liked that anyway. Great job!

  43. Hmm hazelnuts. That sounds good too.

  44. the crust on your tart looks fabulous! lyke a show piece. Anyway i’ll be going to sydney next month on holiday. Any good food places or bakeries to recommend?

  45. Gorgeous dessert!

  46. As usual, your pics are absolutely amazing, Steph!
    Without knowing if you ever traveled to Paris… I can surely say without a doubt, there is no need for you to go, if only for La Palette’s strawberry tart! …I’m sure yours is even better than theirs (that crust’s texture looks divine!).

  47. Great job. I also went mini this week… and it’s been a great light and fresh treat at the end of the day.

  48. That first close up makes my mouth water. It looks close enough to pop right in! Beautiful pics and beautiful site!

  49. Mmm, your tarts looks so… upscale. Wow, love the cream on the first one, almost like a crown.

  50. The strawberries look amazing; they were a great find at the grower’s market! Your tart came out beautifully. Good job!

  51. The mascarpone looks perfect! I love the thick creaminess of it next to the fresh berries.

  52. It looks so pretty in the nice little tartlet. Great job!

  53. Hmmm…mascarpone, haven’t had that in the fridge in a bit, but I think I’ll have to change that! Your tatlettes look perfect and the pictures are making my mouth water, as per usual! What kind of camera do you use?

  54. great looking tartlets! ooh.. mascarpone on strawberry tart sounds good!

  55. Beautiful! I love the hazelnut crust, the mascarpone, and the pepper – great combination with the strawberries.

  56. Ohhh, mascarpone. Good idea.

  57. Thanks everyone!

    mari–I just use a little Nikon Coolpix.

  58. Beautiful pictures. I love the idea of the mini tarts, waiting to be baked on demand.

  59. I’ve seen these tarts all over the blogs. It must be Tuesday. The tarts look sensational and I can’t wait to try them out. 🙂

  60. your tarts look great. wasn’t the black pepper nice?

  61. Your tarts are gorgeous! I love your shells! They look so crisp and nutty. I’ll bet they were amazing with hazelnuts in them! Great job!

  62. Your crust looks perfect! Nice work!

  63. beautiful job!

  64. Great job! Love those close-ups!

  65. I love the sprinkling of black peppers..it just adds character!

  66. Your tart looks absolutely perfect! I like the way you decorated it with mascarpone. Looks almost like royal icing 😉

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