Friday, May 21, 2010

Chef Chuck's Strawberry Mascarpone Cream Torta


Torta di Fragole e Mascarpone


Strawberry mascarpone cream torta is a decadent dessert! Made with fresh organic strawberries, sweet cream, a layer of ganache, and a soft cookie like almond crust.

Strawberry and Chocolate Torta



Crust
1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup almonds, finely chopped
8 tablespoons butter, chilled
5-6 tablespoons cold water


Chocolate
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate
1/4 cup heavy cream


Strawberry Cream Filling

1/2 cup heavy cream
2 egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
8 ounces mascarpone
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup crushed strawberries
1 cup sliced strawberries


Toast almonds in a small frying pan on low heat for 10 minutes, chop fine. In a food processor combine flour, sugar, salt and almonds. Add butter in small pieces then add 1 tablespoon of water at a time. Knead on a well floured board for a minute wrap in plastic and let rest 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees roll out dough to fit a 9 inch pie or torta pan. Grease pan and fit dough in cutting off the excess. Bake on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes, remove and cool on a rack. When crust is completely cooled make the chocolate.
Chocolate
In a double boiler heat chocolate and heavy cream together, stirring. Pour chocolate into crust and smooth out to the edges. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
Cream
In a mixer beat egg yolks and 2 tablespoons of sugar together then add mascarpone a little at a time. Scrape down bowl, add vanilla. Fold in crushed strawberries. In a separate bowl whip cream with 1 tablespoon sugar till stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture. Pour onto the chocolate. Add slice strawberries.

22 comments:

  1. chuck that looks fabulous. i need to use mascarpone more often in my tarts and parfaits.

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  2. I may have to throw out my strawberry tart recipe and make this as my standard. It looks so fantastic.

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  3. Thank you Dawn, ~~ Your Fabulous ~~

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  4. Hi Ciao Chow Linda, Yes this one I fell in love with ~ Thank you :)

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  5. I might have to start baking after seeing
    the results.........Science Guy

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  6. Hello Science Guy! Your "skills" take you beyond baking~~ Thank you :))

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  7. gorgeous strawberry torte!! Can't wait to go strawberry picking this season!

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  8. Hi Ash! That's the way to go fresh ~~pickings~~
    Enjoy :)

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  9. This looks great! A soft cookie-like almond crust?! My father will love this, thanks!

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  10. Hi Katherine, The taste of almond chocolate was great! Thank you

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  11. This is beautiful and perfect now that all the strawberries are at their peak...well, at least here they are. What a brilliant idea to have the layer of ganache to kick it up even more. Lovely!

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  12. Hi Brigett, Yes we are in season, Strawberries! I was thinking chocolate and stawberries go well and they did!!
    Thank you

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  13. OMG, This looks and sounds heavenly!!!

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  14. Hello Proud Italian Cook, Hope all is well.
    You said it right ~Heaven~
    Thank you :)

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  15. WOW! This looks like such a yummy treat. The soft cookie like almond crust sells me on this dessert alone

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  16. Hi Erica, It really was a good treat! Thank you :)

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  17. This looks extra delicious. I would love to try this out one time.

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  18. Hello Jeiji, Please do one day! Thank you, Enjoy :)

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  19. Oh, Chef Chuck! Nice talking to you - and like I said, we want to feature this recipe and others on the California Strawberry Facebook page! Thank you for letting us share your great recipes!

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  20. Hello Jodi, Likewise it was a pleasure talking to you. Yes, please enjoy my recipes!
    Everybody love a sweet "Strawberry" dessert!
    Thank you :)

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  21. Chuck, I have been looking all over the place for a non-fussy fruit tart recipe for make for July 4th, and I think this is just what I need! I can't wait to try this and serve it to my friends. It looks delicious, and I'm sure it will taste even better than it looks!

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  22. Hello The Comfort of Cooking, This one is a delight, great selection for the 4th of July dessert!
    Thank you :)

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