Springtime Berry Tart

Creating a Springtime Berry Tart is a wonderful way to welcome the warmer weather and make use of the season’s fresh berries. This recipe features a buttery crust filled with a creamy custard and topped with a colorful array of berries. It’s as delightful to look at as it is to eat!

Ingredients

  • For the Crust:
  • - 1 and 1/4 cups (160g) all-purpose flour
  • - 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, chilled and diced
  • - 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • - 1 egg yolk
  • - A pinch of salt
  • - 2-3 tablespoons cold water
  • For the Custard Filling:
  • - 2 cups (480ml) milk
  • - 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • - 3 egg yolks
  • - 1/4 cup (30g) cornstarch
  • - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • - 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • For the Topping:
  • - 2 cups mixed berries (such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries)
  • - 1/4 cup (60ml) apricot jam (for glazing, optional)

Instructions

Crust:
1
In a food processor, combine the flour, butter, sugar, and salt. Process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
2
Add the egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of cold water. Pulse until the dough starts to come together, adding more water as needed.
3
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly until smooth. Flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic, and chill for at least 30 minutes.
4
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Roll out the dough to fit a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Press the dough into the pan and trim the edges.
5
Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork, line with parchment paper, and fill with pie weights or dried beans.
6
Bake for about 20 minutes, remove the weights and parchment, and bake for another 10 minutes until golden. Let cool completely.
Custard Filling:
1
In a medium saucepan, heat the milk and half the sugar over medium heat until it starts to simmer.
2
In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, the remaining sugar, and cornstarch until smooth.
3
Gradually whisk in the hot milk. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it thickens.
4
Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract and butter. Let cool slightly, then pour into the cooled tart shell. Chill until set, about 2 hours.
Topping:
1
Arrange the mixed berries on top of the custard in a decorative pattern.
2
If using, gently heat the apricot jam until liquid, then brush over the berries for a glossy finish.

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