strawberry-mascarpone tart

April 11, 2013

in Pies & Tarts

Every spring, I anticipate the reopening of local strawberry stands and find myself craving the intoxicating aroma of the plump berries. I’ve had my heart set on making a strawberry tart filled with Mascarpone, and to my delight, found the strawberry stand open for the first day of the season. Perfect timing!

Strawberry-Mascarpone Tart | Tutti Dolci

With a spiced graham crust, honey-Mascarpone filling, and sweet strawberry topping, this tart celebrates spring. A quick honey glaze makes the strawberries glisten, and adds lovely notes of floral and citrus. This dessert is simply irresistible!

Strawberry-Mascarpone Tart | Tutti Dolci

Strawberry-Mascarpone Tart | Tutti Dolci

Strawberry-Mascarpone Tart
Graham Crust
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp flour
1/4 cup graham flour (or whole wheat flour)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 Tbsp light brown sugar
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp dark honey

Filling
8 ounces Mascarpone, at room temperature
2 Tbsp low-fat milk
2 Tbsp honey
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest

Topping
2 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
1 1/2 Tbsp honey

For the crust, preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 14-inch rectangular removable-bottom tart pan with nonstick spray. Whisk together flour, graham flour, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter and sugars in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy; beat in honey. Reduce speed to low and beat in flour mixture just until combined.

Use a piece of parchment paper to press dough evenly in the bottom and up the sides of prepared tart pan; prick dough all over with a fork. Bake for 16 to 17 minutes, until crust is golden. Cool completely on wire rack. If baking the crust a day ahead of assembling the tart, carefully cover with foil to store overnight.

For the filling, combine Mascarpone with milk, honey, vanilla, and lemon zest in a food processor and process until fluffy. To assemble tart, spoon filling into cooled tart shell and spread into an even layer with an offset spatula. Arrange strawberries over filling in a decorative pattern. Place honey in a small bowl and heat in the microwave until melted, about 10 seconds. Use a pastry brush to brush glaze over strawberries. Chill in the refrigerator 2 hours before serving.

Yield – 12 servings
Calories – 245 (per slice)
Carbs – 20

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66 Comments

1 The Café Sucré Farine April 11, 2013

There’s nothing like local berries and this tart looks totally amazing and SO beautiful!!

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2 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet April 11, 2013

Stunning! Love this tart, Laura!

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3 Cassie | Bake Your Day April 11, 2013

I love this, Laura. Your photos are stunning!

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4 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough April 11, 2013

This. Looks. Stunning. I can’t wait to celebrate spring with this gorgeous and delicious dessert!

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5 Jessica | Portuguese Girl Cooks April 11, 2013

What a beautiful looking tart! Those strawberries look absolutely picture perfect. I can’t wait to have nice strawberries like that!

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6 Faith April 11, 2013

Not only do I love the flavors you’ve paired in this tart, but it is absolutely breathtaking! The perfect use for local strawberries!

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7 Carol | a cup of mascarpone April 11, 2013

Laura, this is STUNNING! …and your photos are gorgeous with the dark background. OMG!!!

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8 Sandra's Easy Cooking April 11, 2013

Laura, this tart not only that it looks extremely beautiful but very delicious too. I love the bursting and vibrant red color of strawberries on your tart. You did an amazing job as always!

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9 Valerie April 11, 2013

In the world of tarts, this is the belle of the ball! (I’m going to have to try the graham cracker crust, very soon!)

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10 Paula - bell'alimento April 11, 2013

I love everything about this!

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11 Marissa Kubinski April 11, 2013

This tart looks delicious! If using a round tart pan, what size would be equivalent to the ingredients amounts you used? Thanks!

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12 Tutti Dolci April 11, 2013

Hi Marissa, the graham crust should fit a 9-inch round tart pan. You may have a little extra filling… you could use it as a dip for strawberries, spoon it into phyllo cups, etc. Hope that helps!

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13 Tracy | peanut butter and onions April 11, 2013

Looking for a Mothers day Brunch dessert… found it!

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14 Angie @ Big Bear's Wife April 11, 2013

I can’t get over how pretty these strawberries are!

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15 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You April 11, 2013

This is perfection on a plate, Laura!!!

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16 Patty April 11, 2013

Beautiful Laura! The most gorgeous strawberry tart ;-)

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17 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme April 11, 2013

The combination of strawberries and mascarpone is one of my favorites. This is such a beautiful tart to welcome in the warmer months ahead!

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18 Suzanne April 11, 2013

Absolutely beautifulLaura, I really would have a hard time cutting into that beauty but the anticipation of the first bite would over rule. Well done!

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19 Jackie l Food.Wine.Fashion April 11, 2013

I just bought a big batch of organic strawberries from the market – soooo glad they are back in season! I love the addition of cinnamon in the crust here – great idea.

xo Jackie

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20 Rosa April 11, 2013

A fabulous tart! It is so perfect that it could be sold in any bakery.

Cheers,

Rosa

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21 Deb April 11, 2013

An exceptional dessert! As effervescent as spring, filled with radiant sunshine!

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22 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) April 11, 2013

Beautiful and a great use of those fresh berries. I can’t wait to get my hands on some!

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23 Minnie@thelady8home April 11, 2013

What a beautiful looking dessert. Anything mascarpone and I am sold anyway, and this looks perfect.

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24 Karen (Back Road Journal) April 11, 2013

What a beautiful photo of a picture perfect dessert!

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25 Suzanne Perazzini April 11, 2013

That is to die for. I love strawberries and you have made the tart look glorious.

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26 Claire @ Claire K Creations April 11, 2013

Oh Laura I can nearly smell the strawberries through the screen.
My husband and I went strawberry picking last year and I cannot wait until the season starts so we can revisit.
The smell in the car on the way home… well I wish I could have bottled it up. We bought 2kg and I think I at half of them by the end of the weekend.

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27 Maria@PinkPatisserie April 11, 2013

Beautiful Laura! I just love rectangle tart pans and this one is just gorgeous with all those delicious looking berries! Yay for berries!

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28 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} April 11, 2013

I too love when it is true Strawberry season. Your photos are mouthwatering and simply beautiful. That tart is perfect and something that would come of a 5 star professional kitchen. :-)

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29 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 11, 2013

That is so beautiful Laura!! Pinning now :D

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30 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts April 11, 2013

This tart sounds so good! Love the fresh berries. And the pictures are just gorgeous!!!

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31 Sarah April 11, 2013

Looks delicious! There is nothing more simple and perfect than the combination of sweet berries and rich cream (mascarpone in this case). YUM.

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32 Reem | Simply Reem April 11, 2013

OMG…. This is GORGEOUS!!!!!
Laura this is so so beautiful!!!!! LOVE IT!
And yes I mean all the bold letters and exclamation marks… :)
Totally Pinning Now!

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33 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious April 11, 2013

Your pastry work is always A1 Laura! I so wish we were neighbors :)

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34 marissa @ the boot April 11, 2013

YES. i too am so excited for strawberry season, here they’re in full bloom and i just got a carton for one euro! :) i will definitely try this soon!

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35 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 12, 2013

How gorgeous is this?! It’s almost too pretty to eat!

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36 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 12, 2013

That tart photo could sit on the cover of any food magazine and be a winner.

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37 Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen April 12, 2013

I love strawberry and mascarpone tart – yours looks absolutely beautiful!

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38 Christina @ The Hungry Australian April 12, 2013

Absolutely stunning tart, Laura. I want a piece! ;)

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39 JJ - 84thand3rd April 12, 2013

How perfect – both the strawberries and the tart!

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40 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 12, 2013

Laura, this is absolutely the most gorgeous strawberry tart I’ve EVER seen. You did such a great job on it! I would love to serve this at a spring or summer party… It might not look half as good as yours, but I’ll still serve it! ;) Have a great weekend!

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41 Karen April 12, 2013

This is one glamorous dessert – like a starlet! Beautiful work. So glad strawberries are coming in!

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42 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 12, 2013

ohmygosh! i’m totally pinning this deliciousness!

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43 vanillasugarblog April 12, 2013

I need to finally try this crust–I’ve been seeing it a lot.

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44 Liz April 12, 2013

Simply stunning! A must make for sure!!!

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45 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings April 12, 2013

This tart is a work of art! Just look at those strawberries – so succulent! They are calling my name! But I wouldn’t even dare take the first slice because it’s so pretty :)

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46 Kate@Diethood April 12, 2013

Laura, I love it! This tart is beyond beautiful!!

I can’t wait until the Farmer’s Market opens! I go there 3 to 4 times a week during the summer… it’s an obsession. :)

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47 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 12, 2013

I am just blown away at the beauty of your images! Stunning, Laura! Needs to be on a magazine cover! Pinning of course!

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48 Erin @ Texanerin Baking April 13, 2013

This is beautiful! I’ve been buying strawberries lately but they’re awful. Have to wait until June for the German ones to be in season. :(

And the filling sounds SO good. I hope to try something like this soon!

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49 ashley - baker by nature April 13, 2013

What a stunning tart! It’s almost too pretty to eat!

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50 Julie @ Table for Two April 14, 2013

This tart is absolutely breathtaking and SO STUNNING!!! Just wow!! I love strawberries and I’m so glad it’s the season for them!!!

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51 Kankana April 14, 2013

oh dear, mascarpone with honey sounds SO GOOD and those shiny red strawberries would be so nice right now!

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52 Jennie @themessybakerblog April 15, 2013

This tart is gorgeous! I’ve been craving strawberries, but I haven’t found any worth buying at the store.

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53 Nami | Just One Cookbook April 15, 2013

If there is a perfect strawberry dessert, this is it! Look at this beautiful tart… my family (especially kids) are strawberry monsters. I bet each of us needs one tart in my household!!!

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54 Nancy/SpicieFoodie April 16, 2013

Every spring I cannot wait for the arrival of juicy vibrant strawberries. Your tart looks spectacular and I want to reach right in. I could eat it for breakfast or dessert.:) Thanks for sharing Laura.

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55 Lora @cakeduchess April 16, 2013

Such gorgeous and vibrant berries on the most lovely tart, Laura:)

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56 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers April 16, 2013

I can’t wait for the strawberry season too! This year it is a bit early so I was able to enjoy a whole lot of strawberry desserts. Your tart is absolutely stunning! It’s inviting me to dig in!

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57 My Kitchen Stories April 16, 2013

What a stunning picture. I feel like I opened my eyes in heaven. There a few better combinations.

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58 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen April 16, 2013

Drop dead gorgeous strawberry tart, Laura! Love your food photography here…such a simple background to make your tart the star of the show and look so stunning. Brilliant! Just had to stop by and give you props! xo

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59 Terra April 16, 2013

I wouldn’t want to cut into it, it is WAY to pretty! I started buying strawberries at our local produce stand, love fresh local strawberries:-) Hugs, Terra

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60 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen April 17, 2013

This is so elegant! I love it!

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61 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) April 18, 2013

This is exactly the kind of dessert I’ve been wanting to make. Bought tons of strawberries at the beginning of the week and even already had the mascarpone…but the strawberries didn’t last long at all. We ate a several pounds over a few days. We couldn’t stay away from them. :) Will have to pick up more for this tart. :)

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62 Nusrat Azim April 23, 2013

Gorgeous tart !

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63 Mercedes April 25, 2013

Your tarts are like gorgeous works of art Laura! They look so professional and delicious!

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64 Chef Felisha April 26, 2013

Laura, just found this on Pinterest and Wow. I love the rectangular tart form and it displays wonderfully with the strawberries. Great recipe, thank you for sharing. :)

Chef Felisha

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65 B@bakeandthecity May 7, 2013

Hi, I’d just like to say your photos of this tart were absolutely beautiful and inspired me to try this recipe. It came out a treat! Thanks for sharing

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66 Tutti Dolci May 7, 2013

Thank you, so glad you tried and liked it! :)

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