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Raymond Blanc’s Strawberry and Mascarpone Tart

Raymond Blanc’s Strawberry and Mascarpone Tart

“Light, crisp and with a blend of strawberries, mascarpone creaminess and raspberry jam, this is an excellent tart for a summer’s day. It is a sweet conclusion to a barbecue, or a treat to pack in a picnic. Make your own pastry, or keep things simple and go for a shop-bought, prebaked pastry case.”

If using shop-bought pastry for your strawberry and mascarpone tart, a little tip: place the pastry case in an oven preheated to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4 until it has achieved a golden biscuit colour. By baking it again, you bring the pastry back to life – adding colour, texture and, ultimately, flavour. Small pastry tartlet cases can also be used.


Serves 6–8

  • 1 shortcrust pastry case, precooked, about 20cm diameter (shop-bought or make your own)
  • Icing sugar, for dusting
 For the filling:
  • 400g strawberries
  • 500g mascarpone
  • 50ml double cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla essence
  • ½ lemon
  • 200g raspberry jam, preferably seedless


Raymond Blanc’s Strawberry and Mascarpone Tart
Step 1

Wash and hull the strawberries

Step 2

In a large bowl, mix the mascarpone, double cream and vanilla paste and add the zest of the lemon half. Put aside.

Step 3

Spread the raspberry jam onto the base of the pastry case. Spoon half the mascarpone mixture over the top of the jam and spread it over the tart – don’t worry if it mixes with the jam.

Step 4

Now spread the rest of the mascarpone mixture on top. (Use a piping bag to pipe the mascarpone onto the jam, if you prefer.)

Step 5

Next, the decoration of this summer tart. How should you cut the strawberries for the top? It’s your choice – you can try slices, halves or quarters. Or if you have lots of small strawberries, leave them whole and stand them upright on top of the tart.

Step 6

Once you have decorated the top of the tart with the strawberries, and if you have time, transfer the tart to the fridge for up to 1 hour. Chilling the filling means neat slicing.