Strawberry Graham Cracker Tart
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 8 to 10
  • Preparation Time: 1 hour 20 min
  • Cream Cheese Pastry Cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped, or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened and cut into cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Graham Cracker Crust
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • softened 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Strawberry Topping
  • 1 package (16 ounces) Driscoll’s Strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  1. Cream Cheese Pastry Cream
  2. Combine 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla bean, if using, in a medium saucepan. Bring just to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat. In a medium bowl, whisk yolks, cornstarch and remaining 1/4 cup sugar together. Add remaining 1/2 cup cold milk and whisk until smooth.
  3. Add 1/4 cup hot milk mixture to egg mixture while whisking continually. Add another 1/4 cup, then add egg and milk mixture back to remaining hot milk in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat, add cream cheese and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (1 teaspoon total if not using vanilla bean) and whisk until smooth. Strain into a bowl and cover the surface directly with plastic to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate. When cool, whisk smooth.
  4. Graham Cracker Crust
  5. Cream butter with granulated sugar, brown sugar and honey in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until smooth and lighter in color.
  6. Combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a medium bowl and add to butter mixture in 2 batches, scraping down the sides of the bowl between additions. Mix until well combined. Form dough into a disk, wrap with plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour or until firm.
  7. Lightly flour a work surface. Roll out dough to a 14-inch round and line an 11-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Prick the dough all over with a fork and chill 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 325F. Bake chilled crust until deep golden brown and dry in appearance, about 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  9. Strawberry Topping
  10. Hull and slice strawberries. Place 3/4 cup sliced strawberries and sugar in a medium bowl and let sit 20 minutes, until they release some of their juices. Place cornstarch in a small nonreactive saucepan and whisk in sweetened strawberry juice over low heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly and boil 1 minute. Remove from heat, add sliced berries back and allow to cool completely.
  11. Add 2 sliced cups berries to cooled mixture and fold in gently.
  12. Assembly
  13. Spoon pastry cream into tart shell, smooth surface and top with berries. Chill slightly before serving.
The classic flavor of strawberry cheesecake with a twist! A buttery graham cracker crust filled with cream cheese pastry cream and crowned with lightly sweetened, glazed strawberries reminds us that this combination is an oldie but goodie. Chill the assembled tart slightly before serving for easier slicing.