According to the media we are set this summer for a veritible strawberry glut due to the mixture of warm and wet weather we’ve been receiving.
This gorgeous free-form tart from chef Russell Bateman captures the taste of summer strawberries. He uses a traditional French shortcrust pastry known as pâte brisée to encase a sweet almond and strawberry filling.
For Pâte brisée
- 250g of T45 flour
- 100g of butter
- 20g of sugar
- 1g of salt
- 50g of ice cold water
For Almond Paste
- 200g of ground almonds
- 90g of icing sugar
- 90g of caster sugar
- 1 tbsp of rum
- 1 egg
- 2 punnets of strawberries, washed and halved
- 30g of flaked almonds
- caster sugar, for dusting
- icing sugar, to serve
- To make the pâte brisée, mix together the flour, butter, sugar and salt in a bowl to a fine breadcrumb consistency
- Slowly add the iced water and mix until it comes together in a ball. Wrap in cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for an hour
- After this time, remove the dough from the fridge and roll out thinly on tray lined with baking parchment (approximately 3mm thick) before returning to the fridge to rest again
- Meanwhile, make the almond paste by mixing everything together in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, until incorporated as a fairly stiff paste
- Wrap the paste in cling film and place in the fridge to rest for an hour. Remove and roll out to the same thickness as the pastry and return to the fridge again
- Once both sheets are chilled, cut the pâte brisée into a rough circular shape using a sharp knife and discard the trimmings. Cut the almond paste into a similar circle, about 2cm smaller than the pastry
- Dust the pâte brisée with caster sugar and turn over, so the sugared side is now on the bottom (still on the lined tray)
- Place the almond circle over the centre of the pastry, leaving a 2cm rim. Cover with the halved strawberries and sprinkle over the flaked almonds
- Fold the pastry edge over in towards the middle, crimping it together roughly to form an edge
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
- Once the edge is sealed all the way around, bake in the oven for 30 minutes
- Remove and allow to rest for 10 minutes before dusting with icing sugar and serving, perhaps with a quenelle of clotted cream or ice cream
Recipe first appeared on Great British Chefs here.
Head Chef of The Grove, Russell Bateman, is a rising star in cuisine, claiming the title of the prestigious Crafts Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year 2014
Prior to that, Russell worked in many Michelin star restaurants including Pétrus and Auberge de L’Eridan, Capital Hotel and Restaurant and Midsummer House. Russell has worked alongside many notable chefs, such as Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing and Marc Veyrat, who have all helped him shape his own unique style.
Russell prides himself on using the freshest and best ingredients for his innovative dishes; he picks fruit and vegetables to use that evening in the Walled Garden. His style of food is cosmopolitan, embracing diverse food cultures. From a young age he was in touch with different ethnic groups that influenced his subtle use of spices and the way he mixes different flavours and textures.
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