A strawberry tart is a terrific way to showcase the fresh ripe strawberries that are in season right now! Combined with a rich vanilla pastry cream and crisp crust made with pine nuts, the strawberries are the perfect crowning jewel to this stunningly simple treat.
The Pine Nut Crust is from Thomas Keller's Bouchon cookbook and makes enough dough for three tarts. There is really no way to reduce the recipe so just save the rest of the dough in the freezer for later use.
The pastry cream is smooth and delicious and just firm enough to stand up to the strawberries that are piled on top. You can make the pastry cream a few days in advance and just whip with a whisk before using. Here is how you can make your own.