Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 19th July 2013

I can’t believe we’re at the tail end of strawberry season already. I couldn’t find one Ontario strawberry anywhere the markets were sold out! If you’re anything like me you’ll be sad to see the last strawberries of the season. I’m going to make a quick trip to local farms this weekend to see if I can pick up a few flats before the fields are empty (fingers crossed). Naomi from Bakers Royale provided the inspiration for these Strawberry Tarts.

Close up photo of Strawberry Tart garnished with glazed fresh strawberries and red currants.

Naomi shared these amazing Strawberry Cheesecake Profiteroles and I was excited to try the technique she shared to make the filling. It’s the same technique used to prepare Crema Diplomatica (pastry cream lightened with Chantilly cream) but instead of using pastry cream as a base she prepared a baked cheesecake. Most cheesecake tart recipes that I’ve come across use a no-bake cheesecake as a base so I was excited to try this filling.

Photo of two Strawberry Cheesecake Verrines garnished with fresh strawberries and red currants displayed in shot glasses with dessert spoons on slate board.

I decided to flavour the cheesecake after baking and instead of using a purée I prepared an easy oven baked strawberry jam because I also wanted to layer the base of the tarts with jam to highlight the strawberry flavour.

A photo of fresh red currants on black slate board.

Oven baked jam can be stored for about 7 to 10 days in the refrigerator. It’s a great way to use up seasonal berries especially if you’re anything like me through the berry season, I usually buy way more than we can consume in the few short days that they’re at their best. It’s quick and easy to prepare and tastes so much better than store-bought.

Photo of five Strawberry Cheesecake Tarts displayed in a row on rectangle shaped black tile.

This technique will come in handy because the filling is light and airy and can be used in so many different desserts, dolci al cucchiaio (spoon desserts) or verrine desserts with seasonal berries quickly come to mind or plated desserts, the filling can easily be shaped into a quenelle.

Photo of Strawberry Cheesecake Tarts displayed on white cake stand.

The flavour combinations are endless too. Light and fresh, the perfect way to celebrate summer especially when dining al fresco.

Photo of a jar of Baked Strawberry Jam displayed on slate board with fresh strawberries and red currants.

I’m happy I chose to highlight the filling in tarts because the creamy cheesecake filling with the sweet strawberries and the buttery, crispy crust is a winning combination. You’ll notice I also garnished the tarts with a sprig of red currants; the pop of tartness is the perfect contrast to the sweet strawberries.

Close up photo of three Berry Cheesecake Tarts displayed in a row on white rectangle shaped white serving dish.

What am I going to miss most about strawberry season? Sweet juicy strawberries with freshly whipped cream, sometimes-simple pleasures are the best.

Close up cropped photo of Berry Cheesecake Tarts displayed on white cake stand.

Happy Weekend!

Close up photo of a Strawberry Cheesecake Verrine dessert displayed with dessert spoon on pink and white striped cloth napkin.

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Comments (8)

8 Responses to “Strawberry Cheesecake Tarts”

  1. Laureen King Says:

    Grace, that looks incredibly delicious and the photos are stunning!!

  2. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Thank you so much Laureen!

  3. Alex Dumpfree Says:

    OMG!! Looking delicious! Normally strawberry enhance the taste of any dish. When it’s come as a tart it would be more tasty. Can’t wait to taste this tarts. Thanks for the amazing recipe.

  4. Hein Says:

    Looks delicious and so pretty!

  5. Kumar's Kitchen Says:

    oh gosh…strawberries look so vibrant red and absolutely luscious, tarts are irresistibly gorgeous …so darn cute :-)

  6. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Thank you Kumar!

  7. Lydine Says:

    Beautiful Tarts! Love all your recipes! Definitely a new fan of your amazing blog! I will be buying your book! I wanted to ask, where can i purchase the tart rings or molds?? I would love to make this!


  8. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hi Lydine, thank you so much. I purchased my rings from a Canadian retailer, Design & Realisation I buy a lot of items from this retailer and they are wonderful to deal with, great service. They can also be purchased at JB Prince and Culinary Cookware Hope this helps.

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