White Chocolate & Mascarpone Tart with Berries

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For anyone hosting a dinner party or bbq over the summer - this recipe is for you! It is sooo easy to make, really pretty and it can be made the day before which is always super handy!

White chocolate and raspberry is a classic combo, so you already know you are onto a winner. The filling is super rich and luxurious, just make sure you are generous with the berries!

To decorate I used: raspberries, blueberries, elderflower and chia seeds.


Ingredients - 8 servings

Cooking Time - 1 hour

For the pastry:

225g plain flour

100g cold unsalted butter, cubed

2 tbsp caster sugar

1 large egg, beaten

For the filling:

250g mascarpone

200g white chocolate

150 ml double cream

1 tsp Vanilla essence

fresh berries - to serve

Method

For the pastry:

1, Sift the flour into a food processor with a pinch of salt. Add the butter and blitz until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Tip the mixture into a large bowl.

2. Stir in the sugar and enough egg until the mixture forms clumps. Bring the mixture together with your hands and knead on a lightly floured worktop – don’t overwork or the pastry will become tough. Flatten into a disc, wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.

3. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured worktop to a thickness of 3mm, then press into the base and sides of a deep 20cm tart tin. Prick the base with a fork. Chill well (or freeze if you like) until ready to bake.

4. Heat the oven to 190°C (170ºC fan oven) gas mark 5. Cover the base and sides of the pastry with a circle of crumpled baking parchment and baking beans. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the pastry has set. Remove the beans and parchment and continue baking for 5-10 minutes until the pastry is dry and sandy to the touch. Cool in the tin on a wire rack.

For the white chocolate filling:

1. Melt the mascarpone and chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Don’t stir until it’s all melted or the mixture will ‘clump’. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

2. Lightly whip the cream until it matches the consistency of the mascarpone. Add the vanilla essence to the cream and then gently fold the mascarpone into the cream a few spoonfuls at a time.

Pour into the pastry case and chill until firm (overnight). To serve - fresh berries.