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Strawberry Brioche Tarts

Strawberry Brioche Tarts
These light-as-air brioche tarts have the perfect pillowy bed for a bright Lemon Pastry Cream and fresh strawberries.
Yield 12 tarts



  • 2 1/2 cups (313g) all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup (50g) plus 2 teaspoons (8g) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons (5.25g) kosher salt (see note 1)
  • 1/3 cup (80g) warm whole milk (120°F/49°C to 130°F/54°C)
  • 3 large (150g) eggs, room temperature and divided
  • 1 large (19g) egg yolk, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons (84g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces (226g) fresh strawberries, sliced lengthwise, 1/8-inch thick
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5g) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper (optional)
  • Lemon Pastry Cream (recipe follows)
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) whole milk
  • pearl sugar (for dusting)

Lemon Pastry Cream

  • 2/3 cup (160g) whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons (36g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (6g) cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons (4g) packed lemon zest (about 2 medium lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon (3g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt (see note 1)
  • 2 large (37g) egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) unsalted butter


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat 1 cup (125 grams) flour, ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar, yeast, and salt at low speed until combined. Add warm milk; beat just until combined. Add 2 eggs (100 grams) and egg yolk; beat at medium-low speed until combined, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. With mixer on low speed, gradually add remaining 1½ cups (188 grams) flour, beating just until combined.
  • Switch to the dough hook attachment. Beat at low speed until dough is relatively smooth, elastic, and starts to pull away from sides of bowl, 6 to 9 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl and dough hook. Add butter, 1 tablespoon (14 grams) at a time, beating until combined after each addition (6 to 8 minutes total); scrape sides of bowl and dough hook. (Dough may look slightly broken during this process but will come together.) Increase mixer speed to medium-low; beat until a smooth, elastic dough forms, 6 to 9 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl and dough hook. (Dough should pass the windowpane test; see Notes.) Turn out dough onto a clean surface, and knead 4 to 5 times. Shape into a smooth round.
  • Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Punch down dough; cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Turn out dough onto a clean surface; divide into 12 portions (about 52 grams each). Gently shape 1 portion into a smooth ball, pinching any seams to seal. (Keep remaining dough covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying out.) Repeat with remaining portions. Press or roll each dough ball into a 3½-inch round; place 1½ to 2 inches apart on prepared pans. (Dough rounds may shrink slightly.) Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until puffed and dough holds an indentation when poked, 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together strawberries, lemon juice, pepper (if using), and remaining 2 teaspoons (8 grams) granulated sugar. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until ready to use.
  • Using a ¼-cup glass jar or dry measuring cup dipped in flour, make a 2¼-inch-wide, ¼- to ½-inch-deep well in center of each dough round. (See note 3) Divide Lemon Pastry Cream among dough rounds (about 1 scant tablespoon [about 11 grams] each), spreading to fill. Using a slotted spoon, arrange strawberries evenly on top of pastry cream as desired. (Enjoy or reserve any extra strawberries as a treat.)
  • In a small bowl, beat remaining 1 egg and milk. Brush dough with egg wash; sprinkle with pearl sugar.
  • Bake until light golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Lemon Pastry Cream

  • Makes about ½ cup
  •  Place a fine-mesh sieve in a small shallow baking dish or bowl.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until steaming. (Do not boil.)
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest, flour, and salt. Whisk in egg yolks until well combined. (Mixture will be very thick.) Gradually whisk in half of warm milk. Pour sugar mixture into remaining warm milk pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is thickened and no longer tastes starchy and an instant-read thermometer registers 185°F (85°C), about 3 minutes.
  • Remove mixture from heat. Stir in butter until well combined. Pour and press mixture through prepared sieve into baking dish or bowl; smooth into a thin layer. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap, pressing wrap directly onto surface of pastry cream to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 1 hour or up to overnight. Stir until softened and smooth before using.


  1. Salt weight and volume vary by brand. Diamond Crystal kosher salt was used in this recipe (1 tablespoon is 9 grams). If you a have different brand or type of salt, use the weight listed in the recipe, not the volume measurement. If you do not have a scale, check your brand’s website for what the equivalent volume measurement is for the weight listed in this recipe.
  2. To use the windowpane test to check dough for proper gluten development, lightly flour hands and pinch off (don’t tear) a small piece of dough. Slowly pull the dough out from the center. If the dough is ready, you will be able to stretch it until it’s thin and translucent like a windowpane. If the dough tears, it’s not quite ready. Beat for 1 minute, and test again.
  3. If you don’t have a ¼-cup glass jar, you can also use a 2¼-inch-wide -cup dry measuring scoop or even just your fingertips to make wells in dough rounds.
Recipe by Bake From Scratch.

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Review & Comments

Carol Butler | Reply

Does this recipe need to be refrigerated after completing?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Carol,

No need to refrigerate after completing.

Happy Baking!

Gloria | Reply

5 stars
Very delicious! The dough was a different texture than I was used to (I was primarily used to breads, so this makes sense), but it came out well. This may be personal preference, but for anyone mixing dough by hand, it may be easier to put some of your second set of flour, mix, add one tablespoon of butter, mix, and repeat until you’ve gotten through both of them.

Also, I didn’t use the pearl sugar topping, so I don’t know how that affects the taste of the final product, but it was still great without it. I’m a bit new to baking from scratch, so I think that this recipe is beginner-friendly as long as you read through the whole recipe beforehand and take your time with everything.

L W | Reply

Oh my! Sounds so yummy 😋
Can you use other fruits?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi LW – yes, you can use other fruits or favorite fillings.
Happy baking!

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