Chocolate, Strawberry and Grand Marnier Tart

With the overabundance of fresh cheap strawberries available at the moment it seemed like the perfect time to mark off another item from the Paris Postcard Challenge with my version of “Tartelette aux fraises des bois”.

According to the Storher website a Tartelette aux fraises des bois is a very light vanilla mousseline in a sweet pastry tart shell topped with wild strawberries. My version is a sweet pastry tart shell filled with layers of grand marnier infused dark chocolate ganache and crème patissiere lightened with whipped cream then topped with locally grown strawberries.

Recipe

Makes 1 x 19cm  and 4 x 7cm tarts.

I did have some crème patissiere and ganache left over which I used to make dessert for the next day. You may wish to either increase the pastry amount and make one large tart or reduce the amounts of crème patissiere and ganache – I am guessing that a half recipe of each would be sufficient.

Sweet Pastry

Make 1/2 recipe of sweet pastry, blind bake and cool completely.

Crème Patissiere

Make 1 recipe of crème patissiere. Whip the finished crème patissiere until it is smooth. Whip 150ml of pure cream to a soft peak. Fold cream into the crème patissiere until fully combined.

Ganache

  • 200gm Dark Chocolate, chopped
  • 200gm pure cream
  • Grand Marnier (to taste).

In a medium saucepan bring cream to the boil, remove from stove.

Place chopped chocolate in a heat proof bowl. Pour boiled cream over the chocolate and whisk until completely smooth.

Add Grand Marnier. While I do like alcohol in my desserts I prefer just a hint of the flavour while others may prefer a stronger taste, add a small amount and taste until you get the flavour you enjoy.

Allow the ganache to cool and thicken slightly.

Assembly

Once tart shell is cold pour an even layer of ganache into the bottom of the tart shell. Only fill one third or less of the shell.

Spoon crème patissiere into the tart shell and smooth with a palette knife. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Top with strawberries and dust with icing sugar.

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29 thoughts on “Chocolate, Strawberry and Grand Marnier Tart

  1. Jas@AbsolutelyJas

    I made the mistake of growing my own strawberries last year. They were beautiful and fragrant and almost floral in flavour, and my strawberry palate has now been ruined. But ANY strawberry paired with grand mariner and chocolate is a fabulous strawberry in my book!

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  2. TheKitchenLioness

    Karen, more divine strawberry goodness – I would like a big slice right now, please! Your Strawberry and Grand Marnier Tart looks elegant and it would be perfect for serving to family and friends! Loving all your sweet ideas, dear Karen!

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  3. Tiffany

    Another gorgeous dessert! What an amazing job! And beautiful photos too. The grand marnier sounds like a very nice touch (a little liquor makes everything better 🙂

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  4. David

    No contest – I would go for your version ANY day! What a work of beauty this is – and you make it sound so easy! 🙂 Another berry recipe to try once they are back in season here.

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      1. Gather and Graze

        That’s a great idea, perhaps I should adopt that policy too! I seem to bake randomly, as required… after-school snacks for hungry boys is often my excuse for this… and then who wants to waste those extra muffins or scones or cake? 😋

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