It’s finally summer! One of my favorite summer fruits are raspberries. Their sweet acidity really complements the sweetness of almond vanilla.
I don’t know a single person who does not like this pairing. This tart has always been a hit every place I brought it to.
The decoration of this tart, especially the filling of raspberries with raspberries confit has been inspired to me by a famous French pastry chef Benoit Couvrand, working for Cyril Lignac. From bottom to top, you have a pie dough, a baked almond cream, a vanilla pastry cream and raspberries filled with raspberry confit.
Trust me, it’s not very difficult, it takes time and preparation. Once you try this tart it will surely become a staple of your desserts!
Vanilla and raspberry tart
- Tart ring
- Hand blender
- Stand mixer (optional)
- 200 g raspberries
- 30 g sugar
- 4 g pectin
- 10 g sugar (for pectin)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
Vanilla pastry cream
- 450 g milk
- 50 g whipping cream (30% min)
- 80 g sugar
- 5 egg yolks
- 45 g flour
- 80 g butter
- half pod vanilla bean or 1 tsp of vanilla extract
Sugar pie dough (for 2 pies)
- 230 g butter (room temperature)
- 40 g almond powder
- 140 g icing sugar
- 2 eggs (room temperature)
- 1 pinch salt
- 420 g flour
- 50 g almond flour
- 1 egg
- 50 g sugar
- 50 g butter
Vanilla pastry cream
- Put the vanilla beans with the empty vanilla pod (it still has a lot of flavor even when it's empty) to the milk and cream in a saucepan, and heat up to a boil. Remove from heat, and cover. Let the vanilla infuse the milk for 10 minutes.In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks with sugar, then add flour.Remove the empty vanilla pod. Pour a bit of the infused milk (around 1/3) on the eggs mix. Whisk the eggs with the milk before transferring back into the saucepan with the rest of the milk.Heat everything at medium heat while continuously stirring to thicken the cream. Once it starts boiling, you will have to keep stirring and cooking for 2 more minutes, to make sure the eggs and the flour are well cooked. Remove from the stove, add the butter and whisk well.Transfer into another recipient and protect with saran wrap directly on the cream. Let it cool down in the fridge for at least 2 hours before using.
- In a saucepan, add the raspberries and the sugar. Mix them with a hand blender and cook them for 3‑5 minutes at medium heat. Add the pectin&sugar mix along with the lemon juice, and cook for 2 more minutes. Keep in a jar in the fridge until use.
- With a stand mixer or a hand mixer, whisk together the butter (room temperature) with the sugar and almond powder. When it starts to be somewhat homogeneous, add the egg, previously beaten, little by little, until it all blends in well. When perfectly mixed together, cover with saran wrap. Keep in the fridge until use.
Sugar pie dough
- Use the flat beater with your stand mixer bowl to whisk together almond, butter, icing sugar and salt at low speed. Once homogeneous, add the eggs one by one. Don't worry if there are still lumps. They will disappear once we add flour. Add the flour little by little. The dough should NOT be smooth, it should still be clumpy. Remove from the bowl and finish smoothing it out by hand. The reason why we are doing this? We want to make sure that we don't overknead our dough. Lots of bakers have trouble with their pie dough retracting when they bake it. It's actually because gluten activates and becomes elastic. If you knead the dough for too long (even with the flat beater!), it can retract during baking. Cover your dough and let it rest for at least 2 hours in the fridge.
- You can either line the dough in a regular tart mould or line on a tart ring: cut out 1/3 of the dough and keep in the fridge. Spread the bigger part until you reach desired thickness (for me it's 2‑3 mm). Cut the dough according to the size of your tart ring. Place your tart ring on parchment paper before transferring the dough on tart ring. Spread the other part of the shortcrust dough until you get a 2‑3 mm thickness. Cut into bands that are as large as the height of your ring (mould). Line onto your ring and the other part of the shortcrust. Make sure it is well lined, cutting the sticking parts. Andd very important: poke the dough with the fork everywhere. If you are unsure of the technique, Watch my video showing how to line a tart.
- Bake in the oven at 170C (340F) for 20 minutes or until light brown
- Remove the tart ring if you have one, add almond cream on the tart up to half the height of the tart. Bake for 10 more minutes. Let your tart cool down for at least 30 minutes
- Add the vanilla pastry cream evenly on the tart
- Put the raspberries upside down on the tart and fill them with raspberry confit.