This week I’m over on Made By Girl with one of my favorite recipes yet: a simple-as-can-be tart that pairs the key ingredients from our wedding cake (our 6 year anniversary is later this month!)–fresh strawberries and vanilla mascarpone. I also whipped up a little brandy syrup to drizzle on top…it’s pretty much dessert perfection! I think you’ll be wanting to make these tarts all summer, whether just for two or for a crowd, because they’re that easy. Pop on over to check out the original Strawberry & Vanilla Mascarpone Tart, too!
Strawberry & Vanilla Mascarpone Tart with Brandy Syrup
1 large handful strawberries, tops removed and sliced in half
1 tablespoon sugar
1 fresh vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
1 sheet of store-bought puff pastry, defrosted
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
1/2 of a small container of mascarpone
2 teaspoons powdered sugar
1 cup water
4 tablespoons brandy
1 cup sugar
To make the brandy syrup, place the water, brandy and sugar in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Set aside and allow to cool. To macerate the strawberries, place sliced strawberries in a bowl. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar, juice and zest of an orange, and half the seeds from a vanilla bean pod. Mix it all together gently. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut two squares from one sheet of pastry dough. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Cut 1/2-inch wide strips from the remaining pastry dough and place the strips around the pastry squares to form borders. Brush the tops of the borders with the egg, then bake for 15 minutes or until puffed and golden. Don’t forget to pierce the middle of each square with a fork before baking, so they don’t get quite as puffy inside as mine!
To make the filling, place the mascarpone, powdered sugar, and remaining half of the vanilla seeds in a bowl. Combine thoroughly with a fork. Set aside. To serve, spoon the vanilla mascarpone into the tarts and top with the macerated strawberries. Finish with a little extra orange zest, and serve with the brandy syrup. Makes 2.