Author Notes: Inspired by preserves I made out of Kim Boyce’s Good to the Grain last spring, lime stands in for the usual rhubarb to brighten the strawberries in this rustic tart. For the crust, I adapted Joanne Chang’s pate brisee recipe, adjusting the proportions slightly for a thinner shell. I like her use of egg yolks (I used just one here), which makes the dough more forgiving. I baked this free-form on a parchment-lined sheet pan, but I’d suggest a pie dish if your berries are super juicey. I threw in a handful of blackberries, just cause I had them lying around. Any berries or combination of them would work great. - Midge
Food52 Review: WHO: Midge is a journalist living in Charleston.
WHAT: Strawberries cozy up to an unexpected partner -- lime -- and get heaped into a rich, forgiving crust.
HOW: Make a pate brisee, and while it's resting, macerate your berries. Roll out the dough, fill it, gather up the edges, and bake.
WHY WE LOVE IT: We love that Midge turns to lime instead of rhubarb to edge out the strawberries' sweetness -- it's a pairing we'll turn to all summer long. The combo of fresh strawberries and strawberry jam makes for a rich filling; wrapped up in an easy pate brisee, it's a dessert that's unforgettable.
Makes 9-inch crostata
Tart Crust (makes 2)
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into uniformed-sized cubes
- 1 large egg yolk
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream, divided
- small glass ice water
- 1 tablespoon sanding sugar, granulated sugar is fine if you don't have the fancy stuff on hand
- 4 cups strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and halved (quarter the honkin ones)
- 1/4-1/3 cup sugar, depending on the sweetness of your berries
- 2 tablespoons strawberry jam, preferably homemade
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 lime, zested and juiced
- Sift flour, salt, and sugar together by hand or in bowl of standing mixer.
- Add butter to flour mixture. Mix on low speed (or cut into flour quickly by hand) just until it becomes a pebbly mixture, about 30 -45 seconds.
- Whisk together egg yolk and two tablespoons of the cream and mix into lour mixture.
- Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of ice water into mixture and gently combine until the dough starts to hold together. Add more water as needed.
- Gather up the dough and form into two one inch-thick disks. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to four days. The recipe makes double the amount you need; freeze the other half or roll it out and cut it into strips for a lattice topping.
- Meanwhile, mix berries with sugar, lime zest and juice, cornstarch, and jam. Let sit for about 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- On a floured surface, roll out one disk of dough to about 1/8 inch-thick. Carefully fold the dough in half and then in quarters to transfer to a pie dish or parchment-lined sheet pan.
- Fill the crust with the berry mixture. Gently gather and fold the overhanging crust over the pie. Brush with the remaining cream and sprinkle generously with sugar.
- If you’re using a pie dish, consider sticking a sheet pan underneath it to catch spills.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes until crust is golden and the filling, bubbling.
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