Strawberry Tart with Queso Fresco Pastry Cream

easy strawberry tart with queso fresco filling
easy strawberry tart with queso fresco filling

Here’s a recipe for a strawberry tart, with the pastry cream upgraded to have queso fresco in it. Queso fresco is a Mexican cheese, with a slightly salty undertone to it, that complements the sweet strawberries really well. This is a delicious and unexpected dessert recipe!

easy strawberry tart with queso fresco filling
easy strawberry tart with queso fresco filling

this is a super easy, barely baked strawberry tart that has sweet, salty, citrusy and fresh notes. the pastry creme has crumbled queso fresco folded into it, and lots of lemon zest.

I won’t tell anyone if you just blind bake a frozen, store-bought pie crust! summer desserts are all about minimal effort with the maximal outcome — this is exactly that.

how to make a strawberry tart with queso fresco pastry cream

Part 1: make the pie tart

  • Prepare pie dough and line a 9″ tart pan OR use a premade pie crust
  • Blind bake the crust for 15 minutes, until brown.
  • Let cool completely

Part 2: make the queso fresco pastry cream

  • In a saucepan (not yet over any heat though), whisk together the sugar, egg yolks, and lemon zest.
  • Add the flour, a couple of tablespoons of milk taken from the total amount and continue whisking until well combined.
  • Place the remaining milk/queso fresco mixture and lemon zest in a saucepan over medium heat until the milk just comes to a simmer.
  • While whisking, slowly add the queso fresco/milk to the egg mixture and return the mixture to the saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the cream has thickened. this took me about 5 minutes — watch it closely!

Part 3: let it set

  • Pour the queso fresco pastry cream into the cooled pie crust/tart crust, and arrange strawberry slices on top.
  • Refrigerate until chilled.
Strawberry Tart with Queso Fresco Pastry Cream
easy strawberry tart

Strawberry Tart with Queso Fresco Pastry Cream

Mimi Newman
an easy strawberry tart with queso fresco filling. perfect summer dessert idea!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Pie
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 294 kcal

Ingredients
  

Tart crust:

Queso Fresco Pasty Creme:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup finely-crumbled queso fresco
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • zest of 1 lemon

Topping:

  • 1 quart of strawberries washed and sliced into 1/2 in vertical slices

Instructions
 

  • Prepare pie dough and line a 9″ tart pan OR use a premade pie crust
  • Blind bake the crust for 15 minutes, until brown.
  • Let cool completely
  • Queso fresco pasty creme
  • In a saucepan (not yet over heat), whisk together the sugar, egg yolks, and lemon zest.
  • Add the flour, a couple of tablespoons of milk taken from the total amount and continue whisking until well combined.
  • Place the remaining milk/queso fresco mixture and lemon zest in a saucepan over medium heat until the milk just comes to a simmer.
  • While whisking, slowly add the queso fresco/milk to the egg mixture and return the mixture to the saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the cream has thickened. this took me about 5 minutes — watch it closely!
  • Pour into the cooled pie crust/tart crust. To prevent a skin from forming, press a sheet of cling film directly onto the surface of the pastry cream. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • Decorate

Nutrition

Serving: 1eighth of pieCalories: 294kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 6gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 139mgPotassium: 280mgFiber: 3gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 184IUVitamin C: 70mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 2mg
Keyword easy summer dessert, strawberry tart, summer dessert idea
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