Pies + Tarts

Raspberry Puff Pastry Tart

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Raspberry Puff Pastry Tart on a marble board

I’m a big fan of this puff pastry tart; it’s flaky crust and creamy center hit all the right notes. The raspberries add a burst of freshness, and are the perfect partner to the pastry cream topping. It’s a wonderful balance of flavors and textures, and would be delightful for Mother’s Day or Brunch. 

You can make my homemade rough puff pastry, or use store-bought, whichever you prefer! Both will result in a delicious dessert. 

Here’s my cheater method for this raspberry tart:

Simply use one sheet of store-bought puff pastry (look for a puff pastry that has real butter in it for best results) + and this easy cream cheese filling.

To make the cream cheese filling:
In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip 4 oz  [113 g] room temperature cream cheese, 4 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt on medium-high until light and fluffy (1 to 2 minutes).

Reduce the speed to low and add 1 cup [240 g] of  heavy cream in a slow, steady stream. Once the cream is incorporated, scrape down the mixer bowl, then increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the mixture holds stiff peaks, 2 to 3 minutes. Use this in place of the pastry cream. 

 

Raspberry Puff Pastry Tart with one slice out of it, and a knife to the left.

squares of Raspberry Puff Pastry Tart, next to a knife.

More Puff Pastry Desserts:

 

And a poem….

“It was a solid hedge, loops of bramble and thorny

as it had to be with its berries thick as bumblebees. 

It drew blood just to get there, but I was queen

of that place, at ten, though the berries shook like

fists

in the wind, daring anyone to come in. I was trying

so hard to love this world – real rooms too big and 

full 

of worry to comfortably inhabit – but believing I was

born

to live in the cloistered green bowler: the raspberry patch 

in the back of my grandparents’ orchard.”

-Karin Gottshall

Raspberry Puff Pastry Tart

Raspberry Puff Pastry Tart

Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Use homemade or store bought puff pastry to make this gorgeous tart, topped with pastry cream and fresh raspberries.
Sarah Kieffer
5 from 2 votes
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Make the Pastry Cream and Rough Puff Pastry.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk, whip the heavy cream until almost stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the 3/4 cup pastry cream until combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Lightly flour your work surface, and gently roll out the puff pastry into a 11 in [28 cm] square. Using a pastry cutter, cut 1 in [25 mm] strips from each side of the square and set aside; you will have 4 strips total. Transfer the square of puff pastry to a parchment-lined sheet pan.
  • Pierce the square of puff pastry all over with the tines of a fork. Lightly brush the dough edges with the egg wash, being very careful not to let any drip down the sides, as this can hinder the puff pastry from rising. Lay the reserved 1 in [25 cm] strips over the edges of each square so they line up exactly, overlapping at the corners, and trim them as necessary.
  • Refrigerate the puff pastry for 30 minutes while the oven preheats.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 [200 C]. Remove the pastry from the refrigerator, and brush the tops of each pastry strip with the egg wash, again being careful not to let any drip down the sides. Bake the puff pastry until light brown and puffed, about 15 minutes. Using an offset spatula or the back of a spoon, press down on the center of the pastry, leaving the borders puffed up. Return to the oven, and bake 10 to 12 minutes more, until deep golden brown. Transfer the tart to a wire rack to cool, and press down the center again if needed. Let the tart cool completely before filling.
  • When the tart has cooled, fill the center of the square with the pastry cream filling, and then top with the fresh raspberries.

Notes

* For extra raspberry flavor, swirl 2 or 3 tablespoons of raspberry jam in the pastry cream before topping with the raspberries.
* To make the cream cheese filling:
In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip 4 oz  [113 g] room temperature cream cheese, 4 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt on medium-high until light and fluffy (1 to 2 minutes).
Reduce the speed to low and add 1 cup [240 g] of  heavy cream in a slow, steady stream.
Once the cream is incorporated, increase the speed to medium-high again and beat until the mixture holds stiff peaks, 2 to 3 minutes. Use this in place of the pastry cream. 
  • Reply
    Lara
    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    5 stars
    This is delightful and wonderful for spring.

  • Reply
    agreso
    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    what do you do with the 3/4 of heavy cream in the recipe?

  • Reply
    cindy
    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:51 am

    nevermind

  • Reply
    Cindy
    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:50 am

    what do you do with the 3/4 of heavy cream in the recipe?

  • Reply
    Marika Klesic
    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11:00 am

    I love that poem! Beautiful. Now to try the tart!

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