3-Ingredient Strawberry Tarts: Delicious and Ready in a Few Minutes!

Total time: 25 min.
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist

3-ingredient strawberry tarts are a delicious, sweet and easy idea for a quick dessert to serve in spring, either at the end of a meal in your garden or as a snack to relax a bit during the long afternoons, perhaps served with a glass of iced tea. Really quick and easy to prepare, all you need is three ingredients: strawberries, honey and puff pastry. To prepare them, simply cut the strawberries into slices, place them over honey on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, cover with another drizzle of honey and then with a square of puff pastry: the tarts will be baked in the oven and then ready to serve, once they have cooled down a bit.

Strawberry Tarts' Origins

Strawberry tarts, a beloved dessert across many cultures, trace their origins back to the early pastry-making traditions of Europe. The concept of filling a pastry crust with fruit, including strawberries, has roots in medieval times, although the exact date of the first strawberry tart is difficult to pinpoint. The evolution of these tarts parallels the development of pastry and pie-making in European cuisine. By the 19th century, with the refinement of baking techniques and the availability of sugar, strawberry tarts began to resemble the sweet, fruity confections we enjoy today. France, in particular, has been influential in elevating the strawberry tart to an art form, perfecting the delicate balance of tart crust, cream, and fresh strawberries. Over time, regional variations have emerged, but the core elements remain consistent, celebrating the strawberry's natural sweetness and vibrant color.

What are the 4 Types of Tart?

Tarts, a staple in the world of pastries, are distinguished by their crumbly, buttery crusts and varied fillings. Among the plethora of tart types, four stand out for their popularity and distinctive characteristics: fruit tarts, custard tarts, chocolate tarts, and savory tarts.

Fruit Tarts are perhaps the most visually appealing, showcasing the vibrant hues and freshness of fruit atop a layer of creamy custard or pastry cream, all encased in a sweet pastry shell. The fruit arrangement can include berries, kiwi, peaches, and more, often glazed with a light jelly to enhance flavor and appearance. Originating from various parts of Europe, fruit tarts celebrate seasonal produce, making them a favorite for summer gatherings.

Custard Tarts, with their rich, creamy filling, offer a delightful contrast to the crisp pastry crust. The filling is primarily made from a mixture of eggs, sugar, and milk or cream, which is then baked until set. This category includes the famous Portuguese ‘Pastel de Nata‘ and the British ‘Egg Tart‘. Custard tarts have a long history, dating back to medieval times in Europe, where they were often flavored with spices like nutmeg or cinnamon.

Chocolate Tarts cater to the indulgence of chocolate lovers. They feature a filling that ranges from a dense, fudgy texture to a smooth and creamy consistency, depending on the ratio of chocolate to cream and eggs. The richness of the chocolate filling is complemented by the buttery tart shell, making it a luxurious treat for any occasion. Chocolate tarts can be topped with anything from a sprinkle of sea salt to raspberries, offering endless variations.

Savory Tarts break away from the sweetness of their counterparts, featuring fillings made from a variety of cheeses, vegetables, meats, and herbs, often bound with an egg mixture. Quiche, a type of savory tart originating from France, is a well-known example, blending eggs and cream with ingredients like spinach, bacon, and cheese. Savory tarts are versatile dishes that can be served as appetizers, main courses, or side dishes, adapting easily to the ingredients on hand.

How to Sweeten Strawberries Quickly

To sweeten strawberries quickly, a simple and effective method is to macerate them. Begin by washing and slicing your strawberries, then sprinkle them with a generous amount of sugar; the amount can vary according to your taste preferences, but starting with a tablespoon of sugar per cup of sliced strawberries is a good baseline. Gently toss the strawberries with the sugar until they're evenly coated. Let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. During this time, the sugar will draw out the strawberries' natural juices, creating a sweet, syrupy sauce. This process not only sweetens the strawberries but also enhances their natural flavor, making them perfect for desserts, toppings, or even as a standalone treat. For an extra layer of flavor, consider adding a splash of balsamic vinegar or a squeeze of lemon juice to the mix before letting them sit.

Tips and Variations

To ensure that the strawberries cook evenly and the tart achieves a balanced ratio of fruit to pastry, slice the strawberries thinly. This will also allow you to create a more aesthetically pleasing arrangement on each tart.

– The honey and moisture from the strawberries can make the pastry soggy. To prevent this, you could lightly dust the area of the puff pastry where the strawberries will be placed with a bit of powdered sugar or flour. This acts as a barrier and absorbs excess moisture.

– Before adding the strawberries, consider sprinkling a little bit of lemon zest or a dash of vanilla extract over the honey to add an extra layer of flavor.

– For a beautifully golden and crispy puff pastry, ensure your egg wash covers the top evenly. You might also consider brushing a light layer of honey over the tarts in the last few minutes of baking for added shine and a hint of extra sweetness.

Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg over the strawberries before covering them with the pastry. This can add a warm and complex flavor profile that complements the sweetness of the fruit and honey.

– For a creamier texture, you can spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixed with a little honey on the puff pastry before adding the strawberries. This creates a deliciously creamy layer between the fruit and pastry.

– Instead of individual tarts, consider using the entire roll of puff pastry to make a single large tart. Arrange the strawberries and honey over the whole sheet, then fold the edges to create a border. Adjust the baking time accordingly.

– For a savory version, omit the honey and powdered sugar, and instead layer the strawberries with thinly sliced brie or goat cheese before baking. Add a drizzle of balsamic glaze and fresh basil leaves before serving.

More Strawberry Spring Recipes You'll Love

Chocolate Strawberry Cake 

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

Strawberry Trifle

No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

How to Store 3-Ingredient Strawberry Tarts

3-ingredient strawberry tarts can be kept in the fridge, in a special airtight container for up to 2 days. Freezing is not recommended.

Find out how to prepare them by following the step-by-step procedure and advice.


200 grams
Puff pastry
1 roll
You'll also need
Egg wash
Powdered sugar

How to Make 3-Ingredient Strawberry Tarts

Cut the strawberries lengthwise and set aside.

Pour 6 drizzles of honey on top of the baking paper and spread it with a little spoon.

Place the strawberry slices on top of each drizzle of honey.

Add another splash of honey on top of them.

Unroll the puff pastry on the cutting board and cut it into rectangular slices.

Place a rectangle of puff pastry on top of each batch of strawberries and press the edges down well with your fingers.

Brush the tarts with an egg wash and transfer them to the oven. Bake at 360°F (180°C) for 15 minutes.

Take them out of the oven, let them cool down a bit, then decorate them with powdered sugar. Serve and enjoy!

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