Strawberry & basil tart

Make a showstopper dessert for a picnic or dinner party using fresh strawberries. They team so well with the shortbread base, basil and creamy custard centre

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 35 mins
    plus 1 hr chilling
  • Serves 6
  • More effort

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 585
  • fat 29g
  • saturates 12g
  • carbs 68g
  • sugars 37g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 11g
  • salt 0.6g


  • 125g butter
  • 200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 400ml whole milk
  • 70g caster sugar
  • ½ a vanilla pod, seeds scraped
  • 4 eggs
  • 20g plain flour
  • 20g cornflour
  • 50ml double cream
  • 400g strawberries
  • 5 tbsp strawberry jam
  • small handful small or micro basil leaves


  1. Make the pastry by putting the butter and flour in a food processor and pulsing to a crumbly mixture. Tip in the sugar and egg yolk, and pulse to a dough. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hr. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to the thickness of a £1 coin, then drape over a 12 x 35cm rectangular tart tin, press into the sides, and chill for 30 mins.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line the pastry case with parchment and baking beans. Bake for 25 mins until the pastry is a light biscuity colour. Remove the beans and parchment; if needed, bake a little longer just to crisp up the base.

  3. While the pastry is cooking, bring the milk, sugar and vanilla to the boil. Whisk the eggs and flours together, then pour over the milk, whisking as you pour. Return the mix to the pan and cook until it becomes a thick and glossy custard. Pass it through a fine sieve and leave to cool. Meanwhile, whisk the cream until it holds its shape. Fold the cream and custard together.

  4. When the tart case is cool, spread the custard over the base. Slice the strawberries and arrange them over the top. Bring the jam to the boil with a few tbsp water, simmer to a smooth glaze, then brush over the strawberries. Scatter over the basil leaves and serve.

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