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Classic French Fruit Tart

Blossom Lady
Jun 20, 2024 02:57 PM
Classic French Fruit Tart

Whip up a French fruit tart that could dazzle in the window of a fancy bakery—with its buttery shortbread crust, luscious vanilla custard, and a vibrant mix of fresh fruits, it’s a simple yet elegant treat for any occasion.

This classic French fruit tart combines three equally delicious elements: a crisp, buttery shortbread crust (or pâte sucrée), a creamy vanilla custard (or crême pâtissière), and heaps of fresh fruit.

The fruit tart comes together easily but looks like it came straight out of a French pâtisserie window, and it tastes even better than it looks.

  • 1 recipe pâte sucrée (sweet tart dough)
  • 2 cups whole milk (do not substitute low-fat or skim milk)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • About 4 cups fresh mixed berries of choice, plus other fruits, such as sliced kiwi or mango (see note)
  • ¼ cup apricot jam

Pâte Sucrée (Sweet Tart Dough)

  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Nonstick cooking spray with flour, for baking

Prep Time:
50 minutes
Cook Time:
35 minutes
Total Time:
85 minutes
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