European or French strawberry tart with vanilla bean custard and a shortbread crust. |
5 from 13 votes

Strawberry Tart

Strawberry Tart with a creamy custard is an irresistible combination.  The simplicity of the shortbread crust combined with the delicious sweetness of vanilla custard and fresh juicy strawberries is the absolute highlight of my summer. Soaking the berries in a little Grand Marnier and sugar makes a tasty syrup to drizzle on the finished slices.  So good! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword baking, custard, fruit tart, shortbread crust, strawberry tart, syrup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Custard Set Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 8 servings
Calories 371 kcal



  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 oz butter cold, cut into pieces
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

Vanilla Custard

  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean split lengthwise
  • 2 Tbsp flour

Strawberries and syrup

  • 16 oz strawberries hulled and halved
  • 2 Tbsp Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. For the crust place all crust ingredients in a food processor and process until it looks like like cornmeal. Press into a tart pan and bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown at 375°F See notes below for tips.

  2. Place the hulled and halved strawberries in a bowl. Sprinkle them with sugar and pour over the Grand Marnier. Toss them around a bit so they are fully coated. Allow them to marinate for about 30-45 minutes. Strain and reserve the juice.

  3. To make the custard place milk and vanilla bean in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Scrape the pulp from the bean and add to the milk. Discard the bean pod.

  4. In a bowl whisk egg yolks and sugar until combined. Add flour and mix well.
  5. Slowly whisk in the milk mixture a little at a time to temper into the egg-sugar mixture. Once half of the milk had been added to the egg-sugar mixture whisk the eggs into the saucepan.

  6. Return the sauce pan and cook for about 10 minutes on medium heat until mixture begins to thicken. Whisk continuously while it thickens.

  7. To assemble the tart evenly spread custard on bottom of crust. Chill the filled shell in the refrigerator for 20 minutes until set. Place individual strawberry halves on top of custard. Serve individual pieces with a drizzle of the reserved syrup.

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Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Tart
Amount Per Serving
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 183mg61%
Sodium 131mg6%
Potassium 183mg5%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 650IU13%
Vitamin C 33.3mg40%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.