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German Strawberry Tart Recipe

Easy Fruit Tart (Obstkuchen)


Strawberry tart is a favourite German fruit tart. When strawberries are in season we Germans love a delicious Erdbeerkuchen.

strawberry tart
Don't you love the smell of fresh Strawberries (Erdbeeren)? Strawberries are seasonal, and you'll get local fruits from late May until August. In my opinion, strawberries are the best in June and July.

It is a favourite pastime for families to go to strawberry fields and pick (and nibble) the delicious red fruits to make strawberry jam, and all kind of wonderful desserts.

German Strawberry Tart Recipe

This is a quick and easy recipe. It is a little bit like a sponge cake, but not so soft and delicate. If you are in a hurry, you can even use a ready-make sponge cake to make a yummy Erdbeerkuchen.

Ingredients for approx. 8 -10 pieces

For the dough:

  • 3 eggs
  • 75g (3/8 cup) sugar
  • 75g (3/8 cup) soft butter
  • 1 packet Vanilla sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 150g (1 1/3 cup) flour (Type 405)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 - 2 boxes strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry jam

strawberries

Directions

Put the eggs into a mixing bowl, use a handmixer at the highest speed and whisk the eggs, add the sugar, vanilla sugar, salt and the soft butter.

Continue whisking until the mixture is foamy.

Add the sifted flour and baking powder.

Grease a flat baking pan, sprinkle the pan with fine breadcrumbs, and fill in the dough and flatten.

Bake in the preheated oven at about 200°C / 400°F for about 12 to 15 minutes until golden.

Remove the cake and let it cool down on a wire rack.

Wash and hull the strawberries, and put the whole fruits on the pastry.

Most people cook a jelly-like glaze to coat the strawberries, you'll get packets called Tortenguss to prepare such a glaze.

Rita's Tips

Another way to glaze your Erdbeerkuchen is to use strawberry jam. Heat 3 tablespoons jam in a pot, use a cooking brush to spread the jam on the strawberries. The result looks better, and the taste is just delicious.

Variations
  • Cook a firm vanilla pudding and spread it on the cake case, then top it with the strawberries.
  • Sprinkle the cake with almond slivers.
  • Use a shortcrust pastry base for your strawberry cake.
strawberry fruit tart

Fruit tart with mixed fruits

Of course you can prepare any other fruit tart (Obstkuchen) with this dough recipe. Fill the tart with fresh peaches, apricots, cherries, or berries, whatever is in season. If no fresh fruits are available, you can use preserved fruits as well.

Enjoy your strawberry tart with whipped cream. Guten Appetit.

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