Balsamic Strawberry & Basil Tart

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Okay, so I went in a very different direction from what you usually see from me, but y’all, this is so good. Strawberry and balsamic is such a great combo, and I was recently inspired to add basil to the mix. I think this Balsamic Strawberry & Basil Tart might be my new favorite non-chocolate dessert. Plus, this is so easy to make! You are not going to want to skip this one!

Close up of a balsamic strawberry and basil tart going out of the right side of the frame of the photo. The top of the tart is covered in sliced strawberries and it's sitting on a blue plate.

Why this recipe works

No one flavor in this recipe stands out too strongly, but rather they all blend together perfectly to create a beautifully delicious flavor! I also love that the different elements of this tart are made separately, and then all combined at the end. That way, you can ensure that everything is the right consistency before assembling.

Ingredients and notes

Strawberries – The strawberries are not baked in to this recipe, they are layered on top, but they are a key element to the flavor profile of this recipe. You can use as many or as few as you see fit, but I like to cover the tart completely with strawberries!

Basil – The basil is infused into the filling and is another key flavor in this delicious tart. The basil is a subtle but important addition to the completeness of the tart.

Balsamic Vinegar – The balsamic vinegar is the final ingredient that completes the flavor of this tart. It’s mixed with powdered sugar to create a glaze that goes overtop of the strawberry-topped tart.

Top down view of a strawberry balsamic tart with the tart cut off of the top of the frame. A slice is cut out of the tart with a pie server under it, the green handle of the pie server sticking out to the right of the frame. below the tart is a small bowl of sliced strawberries, and to the left is a yellow striped towel.  The tart is on a blue plate, and the scene is on a white surface.

How to make this recipe

Crust

Step 1

Press your pie crust of choice into a tart pan, and poke holes in the crust with a fork.

Step 2

Brush the crust with egg and bake according to package directions. The tart filling will not be baked, so you want to bake your crust fully here.

Step 3

Once baked, cool slightly, brush with butter, and refrigerate while prepping the filling.

Filling

Step 4

Mix sugar, flour, corn starch, and egg yolks till thick and pale yellow. Set aside.

Step 5

Combine milk and basil in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Immediately remove from heat.

Step 6

Strain the milk, removing the basil, and pour about 1/3 of the milk into the pale yellow mixture, then pour that mixture back into the sauce pan.

Step 7

Heat over medium, whisking constantly until thickened. When mixture begins to boil, cook for one more minute then remove from heat.

Step 8

Let mixture cool, then spread cooled filling into tart shell.

Topping

Step 9

Cover the top of the tart with sliced strawberries.

Step 10

Combine vinegar and powdered sugar to form a glaze.

Step 11

Brush as much or as little glaze as desired over top of the strawberries.

Step 12

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve chilled.

Top down view of a balsamic strawberry & basil tart on a blue plate on a white surface

Recipe FAQs

What type of cream is in a strawberry tart?

I use milk in this recipe instead of cream, but you should be fine to substitute heavy cream for a richer basil filling.

How long will a strawberry tart last in the fridge?

I would eat this tart the same day it’s made. There is fresh fruit on top, and it’s covered in a glaze, so the texture will likely not be great if it sits for a long period of time, and the fruit may start to turn.

What is a tart?

A tart is very similar to a pie, however you do not put a top crust on a tart like you often do with fruit pies. A tart also uses a different shaped pan, generally, but you know what I always say – use what you have! The taste is what’s important, and if it’s a different shape, that’s okay!

A slice slightly shifted out of a balsamic strawberry and basil tart with a bowl of strawberries below the tart and a yellow striped napkin to the left of the tart. To the right of the frame are splatters of balsamic on a white surface.

Tips & Tricks

  • Don’t be like me and forget to poke holes in your crust or it will bubble up and won’t sit flat!
  • Adding the hot milk to the pale yellow mixture before putting the whole mixture back into the pot is done to prevent the eggs from heating up too fast. In baking, you need to heat eggs gradually or they could turn into scrambled eggs, and you don’t want a scrambled egg filling in this tart – you want a custard filling!
  • When making the balsamic glaze, you can create whatever consistency you would like. Add more balsamic for a thinner consistency, and more powdered sugar if you are going for a thicker glaze.

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Balsamic Strawberry & Basil Tart

A tart shell filled with a basil custard, topped with strawberries and a balsamic glaze
Course: Dessert
Servings: 9 inch tart

Ingredients

Tart

  • 1 pie crust
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-2 cups sliced strawberries

Cream

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup basil chopped

Glaze

  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

Tart Shell

  • Brush crust with egg yolk and bake according to the crust’s directions.
  • Cool slightly.
  • Spread softened butter over the crust and refrigerate while you make the filling.

Filling

  • Mix sugar, flour, corn starch, and egg yolks till thick and pale yellow.
  • Combine milk and basil in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Immediately remove from heat.
  • Strain out the basil, pour about 1/3 of the milk into the pale yellow mixture, then pour the mixture back into the sauce pan.
  • Heat over medium, whisking constantly until thickened. When mixture begins to boil, cook for one more minute then remove from heat.
  • Let cool, then spread cooled filling into cooled tart shell.
  • Lay the sliced strawberries over the top of the cream in a single layer.

Glaze

  • To make the glaze, stir the vinegar and powdered sugar together. Brush or pour as much or as little glaze as desired over top.
  • Refrigerate until serving, up to 6 hours.

Notes

Adding the hot milk to the pale yellow mixture before putting the whole mixture back into the pot is done to prevent the eggs from heating up too fast. In baking, you need to heat eggs gradually or they could turn into scrambled eggs, and you don’t want a scrambled egg filling in this tart – you want a custard filling!
When making the balsamic glaze, you can create whatever consistency you would like. Add more balsamic for a thinner consistency, and more powdered sugar if you are going for a thicker glaze.

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