Pies & Tarts

Strawberry Mascarpone Tart

Fresh strawberries on top of dreamy vanilla mascarpone in a lemon crust – strawberry mascarpone tart is a perfect balance between sweet and tart. It’s perfect for a light dessert or tea time treat. Don’t have a tart pan, make this in a 9 x 13″ pan and cut into bars.

A slice of strawberry mascarpone tart on a white plate with brown edges. The cut side of the tart faces the front of the photo revealing about an inch of mascarpone filling topped with sliced strawberries. A small ceramic pitcher filled with strawberry sauce sits behind the plate to the left.

Last week, I went to see the Avengers movie at the mall. There’s a large grocery store there so I always check to see if they have anything good on my way out.

I found a half pint of fresh strawberries. Not old strawberries but really nice fresh ones. This is incredibly rare here in Cambodia and I really love fresh berries. So I grabbed them even though they were $6.

A half pint really isn’t that much and I wanted to share. A few weeks ago I made an apricot mascarpone tart for a party so I thought I’d change that up.

This strawberry mascarpone tart starts with the same  lemon crust recipe. If you’re in a rush, you could use Pillsbury pie dough or make a graham cracker crust.

This is the view from directly above. A slice of strawberry mascarpone tart sits on an oval plat with brown bordere at the bottom of the photo. The creamy mascarpone filling peeks out between slices of fresh strawberry. There is a ceramic pitcher of strawberry sauce in the upper right corner of the photo.

I wanted the mascarpone to taste like whipped cream. Is there really anything better than strawberries and whipped cream? So I added just a little sugar and some vanilla to the mascarpone cheese. The result is truly amazing. I think I’ve accidentally discovered how to make a whipped cream substitute for recipes that need whipped cream that can stand up in the heat.

In order to transport this to church, I filled the tart shell with the mascarpone and wrapped the whole thing in plastic wrap. Just before serving, one of the ladies at church helped me arrange fresh sliced strawberries on top. I brought a little strawberry orange syrup to give it a little more flavor but that really wasn’t necessary.

A slice of strawberry mascarpone tart sits on an oval plate with brown edges. The view is from above and to the side. The golden brown pastry crust is filled with cream colored mascarpone filling and topped with sliced fresh strawberries. On the left the ceramic pitcher is pouring strawberry syrup on top of the tart. Some syrup has pooled at the bottom in front of the plate.

Oh. my. word. With or without the sauce this strawberry mascarpone tart is lick your plate clean good! It tastes like strawberries and whipped cream in a lightly flavored lemon cookie.

And it’s so easy to make! The tart shell can be made ahead and frozen. The rest comes together in just a few minutes.

Yield: 12 servings

Strawberry Mascarpone Tart

Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


Lemon Pastry

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup butter (cold and cut into cubes)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Mascarpone Filling

  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Strawberry topping


Lemon Pastry Crust

  1. Combine flour and powdered sugar in a bowl. Use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the butter into the flour mixture. Mix in the egg yolk and lemon juice to make a soft dough. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll out to desired shape and line tart pan or press into the bottom of a 9 x 13" baking dish.
  3. Cover with parchment paper and fill with beans or pie weights. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Remove the parchment paper and beans (or weights). Bake another 5 minutes until golden. Let cool completely.

Mascarpone filling

Mix mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until well combined.


Spread the mascarpone filling in the tart shell (or over the crust in the baking dish). Top with fresh sliced strawberries.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 356Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 231mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is provided as a guide only. Please consult a dietician for specific dietary needs.

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