This Roasted Strawberry Sumac Tart is a pastry lover’s absolute dream dessert. A crunchy sumac and almond Breton crust is filled with silky lemon kissed pastry cream and topped with honey roasted thyme strawberries along with a few fresh strawberries for added texture and ripeness. A light dusting of sumac sugar adds visual beauty, more flavor depth, and a touch more pizzazz. While this tart does take a few steps, they are well worth it and I have broken them all down to make it a simple dessert that will whisk you away to food paradise after one luscious bite. This recipe was featured on The FeedFeed.
I teased you with some pics of this roasted strawberry sumac tart on my Instagram. And just like what happened with my Dark Chocolate Almond Meringue Brownies, I got way too many recipe requests to let it slide into the baking book files I have going on. This tart is a bright spot in a moment we all need a tasty daydream to give us some reprieve of the pandemic going on.
Imagine a bite of crunchy and lemony spiced nutty crust with cool and creamy vanilla and lemon filling, along with ripe berries and a bit of berry juice all in one. Pure bliss!
Stress baking has never been so real. I don’t know how all of you are coping with all of the isolation and anxiety happening in the world. I have found solace in baking up a storm and snuggling my baby girls. Baking is a wonderful activity to ease anxiety and also serves as a bonding experience with your loved ones. Baking is a fun learning technique for children in areas of math, Montessori, reading, writing up recipes, and teamwork.
I’ve gotten emails from some of you asking if I have any kid craft ideas, besides the toilet paper post, which I am so happy brought you some laughs! That was the intention, so good to know it worked! Humor certainly gets us through difficult times. I am working on a fun yet educational list of kid crafts and baking activities with the best teacher I know (aka my Mom). I will get that up soon so it helps gets you through this homeschooling period. So check back! In the meantime, Sprinkle Cookies, Bread Rolls, and Key Lime Puppy Chow are great for kids to make.
Some Heartfelt Words
I will say I am so thankful to be a stay-at-home Mom right now. I feel for all of the households with working parents, as I imagine taking time from work or having to leave your children with others is so hard. You are heroes. Luckily, I am hearing that a lot of you get to work from home, so that is wonderful news. I hope you delve in and enjoy the joyous chaos of that as much as Jimmy Fallon does!
Speaking of heroes, Grant has been working even harder than usual. I admire him for his ability to lead and work with his team to ease their minds and still motivate them to work hard through this difficult time. He even had to travel to the heart of NYC a few days ago. I was honestly worried for him since New York has been hit badly with COVID-19. But he didn’t skip a beat because he cares about everyone else before himself and he is one in a million. It’s amazing to see how people you know deal with crisis. You learn a lot about someone when times are tough. Some people have even more entitlement than usual and feel they are more important than everyone else or are unstoppable. Others panic and hoard. And the good ones become even better people. Everyone who has moved away from kindness should take a deep breath and try to be more like my husband. The greater good of the world starts from within each of us.
Lemon Pastry Cream
As I mentioned, this roasted strawberry sumac tart has three steps. What makes it easy though is that you can do each of the steps at different times and then throw the whole tart together when you are ready. This lemon pastry cream, for example, needs to be made at least an hour ahead of filling. And it also can be made a day in advance, if needed.
This sexy lemon pastry cream is rich, luscious, and so silky it melts in your mouth. And it truly is the heart of this tart. The filling of tarts is everything. .. And this lemon pastry cream is heavenly! Making this pastry cream is the first step of this Roasted Strawberry Tart.
I could eat pastry cream by itself with a spoon! This lemon pastry cream is also good for trifles and to fill choux pastry.
Sumac Almond Breton Crust
If you are a pastry lover then you will go wild for this Sumac Almond Breton Crust! It has the crunch factor and the flavor profile to make anyone swoon!
The crust is the second step to this Roasted Strawberry Sumac Tart and the major player of unique flavor in this recipe. The crust is pre-baked and cooled to room temperature before filling. Sable Breton is form of shortbread crust. It’s crunchy, buttery, and a tad crumbly. With almonds and sumac, it’s next level!
Sumac is one of my favorite baking spices for Spring and Summer desserts like this Roasted Strawberry Tart. Sumac berries are dried and ground. The flavor is lemony citrus, slightly smoky and tangy, with a lovely rust coloring. This spice brings out the flavor of almonds, strawberries, and lemon in the most stunning way. If you haven’t ever tried it then order some now and get baking! You can use it in a variety of baked goods and savory dishes.
Roasted Thyme Strawberries
Roasted strawberries are a warm weather treat that can jazz up anything. From tarts to use as an ice cream topping, roasted strawberries are phenomenal in flavor and texture. They are also the third step to this Roasted Strawberry Sumac Tart.
Fresh and juicy strawberries are sliced and tossed with honey and thyme sprigs. They are roasted until their juices are released and their bodies turn wilted and soft. Note that you should definitely reserve a few fresh berries to mix in for even more tastiness.
The Sumac sugar is simply sugar ground with sumac briefly then dusted over the tart for the grand finale.
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Roasted Strawberry Sumac Tart
This Roasted Strawberry Sumac Tart has a crunchy sumac and almond Breton crust that is filled with silky lemon kissed pastry cream and topped with honey roasted thyme strawberries along with A light dusting of sumac sugar adds visual beauty, more flavor depth, and a touch more pizzazz.
Lemon Vanilla Pastry Cream
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 4 large egg yolks
- zest of one large lemon
- 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons butter room temperature, unsalted
Sumac Almond Crust
- 1/2 cup butter room temperature
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 cup AP Flour
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1/2 cup ground almonds
- 1 teaspoon ground sumac
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Honey Roasted Strawberries
- 375 grams strawberries hulled and sliced
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 thyme sprig broken into pieces
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 50 grams fresh strawberries sliced
Sumac Sugar (Optional For Added Color, Flavor, and Flair)
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon ground sumac
Lemon Pastry Cream
In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks with 1/4 cup of milk and the cornstarch.
In a saucepan, set over medium -med/low heat, whisk together the sugar with remaining milk and salt. Before it reaches a simmer, but when it is hot, temper the milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Do this by pouring a pencil width milk stream into eggs while whisking. Then pour the whole mixture back into pan.
Whisk for 8-10 minutes, until it is thickened into pastry cream.
Remove from heat and whisk in softened butter and vanilla extract until smooth.
Put into a bowl. Press on a layer of plastic wrap to stop a film from forming on top. Then cool in fridge for 45-60 minutes.
Almond Sumac Breton Crust
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and powdered sugar for 3 minutes on medium high speed.
Scrape bowl and add egg yolk. Then continue beating for an additional two minutes.
Add the flour and ground almonds, along with spice, salt, and vanilla extract. Reduce to low speed and stir until it is just incorporated into a soft dough.
Then press the dough into a 9 inch tart pan and up the sides. Cover with plastic wrap.
Chill for 30 minutes.
Then preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Bake until golden brown, approximately 20-26 minutes.
Allow to cool to room temperature before filling.
When it's ready, use a small mesh sieve to fill pastry cream. This will remove any bits of lemon zest and give you the smoothest pastry filling imaginable. Use a spatula to press all the pastry cream against the sieve to get every bit of it into tart.
Chill tart for 30 minutes.
Honey Roasted Strawberries
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Meanwhile, roast and cool your strawberries.
Wash, dry, hull, and slice up the strawberries.
Spread them onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Toss with honey and cut up thyme sprig.
Bake for 15-17 minutes.
Cool Completely. Then mix with fresh strawberry slices. Then use to top the tart.
Optional Sumac Sugar
In a small spice grinder, pulse sumac with granulated sugar.
Dust it over the tart using a small mesh sieve.