RECIPE

Tartlets with Yogurt Pastry Cream and Strawberries

PREP: 50 MINS

TOTAL: 3 HRS 45 MINS

Serves 9

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Christopher Testani

Directions

1.

Pastry cream: In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk in yogurt, egg yolks, and butter. Cook over medium, stirring with a rubber spatula, until mixture comes to a boil, about 7 minutes. Let boil, stirring, 1 minute. Remove from heat; transfer to a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto surface to prevent skin from forming. Refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. Just before using, whisk until smooth.

2.

Tartlets: Preheat oven to 400 degrees with one rack in upper third and one in lower third. Lightly dust work surface and puff-pastry sheet with flour; roll out to slightly thinner than 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar, pressing and rolling sugar so as much sticks as possible. Trim pastry sheet to a 12-by-9-inch rectangle, then cut into nine 4-by-3-inch rectangles. Score a 1/2-inch border around each rectangle. Score center pieces at 1/2-inch intervals for a decorative top, if desired.

3.

Transfer rectangles to a parchment-lined baking sheet; freeze 15 minutes. Bake on top rack 15 minutes,then transfer to bottom rack; bake until caramelized, about 10 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool 10 minutes. Using scissors, cut center of tops away and reserve; let cool.

4.

Meanwhile, combine strawberries, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, lemon juice, and salt; let stand 10 minutes. Whip heavy cream to soft peaks. Fold whipped cream into pastry cream. Divide among tartlets; top with berries. Serve, with reserved tops.

Ingredients

pastry cream

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/3 cups plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

tartlets

  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 14 ounces all-butter puff pastry, such as Dufour, thawed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

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