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Strawberry Mascarpone Tart With A Port Reduction

Ingredients

Pastry Dough

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter chilled, cubed, (7 tbsp)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Strawberry Filling

  • 1 lb strawberries quartered, sliced
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 454 grams mascarpone cheese (a small tin)
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp port

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl or food processor, combine butter and flour until it resembles coarse bread crumbs. In a small bowl, combine the egg yolk, water and icing sugar. Pour egg mixture into flour mixture and pulse until the dough begins to form. Roll pastry into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Remove pastry and place between two sheets of wax paper. Or onto a floured surface. Roll until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Drape pastry over pie dish and assemble as needed. Poke the base of the tart with a fork and place in freezer for 10 minutes. Cook pastry for 20-30 minutes or until the dough looks golden. Remove and let cool completely. See notes.

  2. Place strawberries and sugar in a small bowl. Mix and let rest for 30 minutes, allowing the juice to develop. 

  3. Mix mascarpone, lemon zest and icing sugar together. If the mixture is thick, add a splash of cream or milk. Spread mixture into the prepared tart. Strain strawberries into a small saucepan and add the port. Cook on medium-high heat until the mixture becomes thick and syrupy. It should reduce to 1/2 its size. 

  4. Spread the strawberries over the top of the mascarpone cheese and drizzle the port reduction over the strawberries. Cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve. This dessert is best served and eaten the day of, however it can be kept covered in the fridge for up to 2 days. 

Recipe Notes

* This recipe makes enough dough for one very large pie dish or a regular pie dish plus 2 small 4.5 inch tarts. Alternatively you could also just use the excess pie dough to make a thicker base and thicker decoration around the pie.

To make two 4.5 inch tarts, make the following adjustments:

  • 1/2 lb of strawberries, quartered and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mascarpone
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp port
  • 1/4 of the tart pastry recipe

In order to cook your pie dough you will blind bake it then double bake it. Check out this link here that helps you determine how to blind bake. You will essentially drape parchment or foil over your pie dough and weight it down with pie weights, dry beans or rice, or anything heavy.