Notes: Mascarpone is a soft Italian version of cream cheese. You can make this tart (through step 4) up to 1 day ahead. Prep and cook time: about 1 hour, plus at least 1 1/2 hours to cool and chill.
About 9 ounces chocolate wafer cookies, broken into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup melted butter (1/4 lb.)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1 pound mascarpone or cream cheese
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups strawberries (14 oz.)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 325° (300° if using convection heat). Place cookies in a 1-quart zip-lock plastic bag and seal. With a rolling pin, crush cookies into fine crumbs. Pour 2 cups of the crumbs into a bowl and mix with melted butter, sugar, and espresso powder. Press mixture evenly into bottom and up sides of a 10-inch tart pan with removable rim.
In another bowl, with a mixer on medium, beat mascarpone, honey, and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in flour and salt.
Place tart pan in a 12- by 16-inch rimmed baking pan and set on center rack of preheated oven. Pour filling into chocolate crust. Bake until filling is pale golden and barely set in the center when you gently shake pan, 30 to 35 minutes.
Remove tart from oven and let cool on a rack about 30 minutes, then chill until cold, at least 1 hour, or up to 1 day (cover tart once cold).
Shortly before serving, remove rim from pan. Rinse, stem, and thinly slice strawberries. Arrange in a circular or spiral pattern on top of the tart, overlapping slices slightly.
OH. MY. GOODNESS!!! What a beautiful and simply stunning tart! LOVED how so few ingredients came together to make something so amazing!! The mascarpone filling was perfect with the choclate crust and strawberries (Trader Joes has mascarpone for really cheap compared to other stores). I might add some orange zest in with the cheese filling next time for a little zing of citrus. I also added a glaze to the strawberries - warmed strawberry jam drizzled on top - so, so good! I think you could use this with just about any fresh fruit - I think raspberries or fresh peaches will be what I try next!
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