Once I made a tart to satisfy the sweet tooth of my friend Nathan and this tart kicked some major ass. The idea for this recipe started when I began contemplating what to do with the bunches of mint from my mom’s garden. Of course that mint mostly ended up going into a delicious mint-coriander chutney, but the idea of making a tart with strawberry and mint flavors stuck with me. A month later I found myself at the grocery store with Nathan buying strawberries and mint.
I’ll admit that I assumed this tart would turn out awesome (how could it not?), but the flavors really blew me away. The mint is an uplifting flavor that leaves such a fresh feeling after each bite. Paired with the sweet ripe strawberries and a dash of lemon juice for flavor booster, it makes the perfect summer dessert. So now I’m going to encourage everyone to go out and buy some late-season strawberries and mint (when is mint’s season?) and make yourself this deliciously simple and scrumptious dessert! Better yet, bring it to a party and impress all your friends. Tarts are great because they look so fancy but are ridiculously easy to make!
Strawberry Mint Tart
makes one 9.5″ tart
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup vegan shortening
1 1/2 cups flour (I used 1 cup whole wheat pastry + 1/2 cup white)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
water by the tsp, if needed
Preheat oven to 350 °F
1. Measure the powdered sugar and shortening into a bowl, beat on low with electric beater until smooth.
2. Add the flour, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat until crumbly. Slightly larger clumps should begin to form, if not add water, a teaspoon at a time, until clumps form.
3. Press the dough into tart pan. I used a 9.5″ pan, but there should be enough dough and filling for an 11″ pan too.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes. While baking, you may line the crust with parchment paper or foil, and then weigh it down with uncooked rice, beans, or tart weights. Instead of lining and weighting the crust, I just removed the crust from oven halfway through and poked the puffed-up parts down with a fork while it was hot. This is an important step that keeps the tart bottom flat.
Adapted from Joy of Vegan Baking
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp flour
4 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 1/3 cup soy milk
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1. In a medium bowl mix sugar, flour, and cornstarch together with a fork. Add the water and beat for 2 minutes until thick and creamy.
2. In a saucepan simmer the soy milk. Add 1/2 cup of milk to the sugar mixture and mix until smooth.
3. Add the sugar-milk mixture back to the simmering milk in the saucepan. Whisk constantly until thickened, this will happen pretty quickly.
4. Remove from heat and let cool. Can set aside in fridge until ready for use.
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
1 tbsp lemon juice
1. Mix sugar and cornstarch together in a saucepan.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and heat over medium heat until clear and thick (about 2 minutes).
3. Pour glaze through a strainer to separate the mint (I used this leftover sweetened mint to make mint tea) and set aside to cool.
1 quart strawberries (and maybe some extra for safety and snacking): 1 whole strawberry, the rest cut in half — tops removed
1. Spread mint cream over the tart base.
2. Place a whole strawberry in the center of the tart, and then place the rest of the strawberries around the first one in concentric circles to fill the entire pan.
3. With a pastry brush, cover the strawberries with the mint glaze.
Serve room temperature or chilled the next day!