French Flag Tart
Hi Everyone, who would like some rich, chocolate ganache and fresh seasonal berries with vanilla whipped cream in the mix?
I made this French Flag Tart in July as a request from a family member (for my French Father-in-Laws French club meeting), to celebrate French Independence Day (July 14th).
It was also fun to create the tart during that time because the World Cup and Tour de France was also going on. We watched the Tour de France (especially since Eric road bikes) every morning and we would wake up to catch the latest results and watch the drama of the Tour de France unfold.
Ingredients for French Flag Tart
I list all the specific ingredients in the recipe card at the end of this post but essentially the ingredient for this French Flag Tart are the following ingredients and recipes from the blog:
- 1 recipe chocolate Ganache tart (which uses modified versions of single pie crust and Chocolate Ganache Recipe)
- 1 recipe vanilla whipped cream
- 12 ounces blueberries, washed
- 1 pound strawberries, washed, tops cut
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Helpful Kitchen Tools for This French Flag Tart
- measuring spoons and cups
- mixing bowls
- baking spatula
- offset spatula
- cutting board
- chef’s knife
- pastry mat
- rolling pin
- piping bag and star tip
- food processor or pastry cutter – for making the single crust recipe
- rectangular tart tin with removable bottom (I have a Wilton one)
- parchment paper (for lining the tart tin)
Process Photos for French Flag Tart
I’ve included some step-by-step photos of how to assemble this delicious tart.
In the above photo, my daughter, helps assemble this tart, this recipe is a great one to do with kids or a group of people where you can delegate who does the parts of the recipe.
If you make this French Flag Tart, let me know in the comments below!
Our Other Recipes
If you like this French Flag Tart, check out all the chocolate recipes on the blog.
French Flag Tart
French Flag Tart has a homemade almond pie crust, a rich chocolate ganache filling, homemade, stabilized vanilla whipped cream and fresh, seasonal berries like strawberries and blueberries placed on top, in the symbol of the French Flag.
Single Almond Pie Crust Recipe (adapted from "Single Crust Recipe" on the blog
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated white sugar optional
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter cubed, chilled, can use the same amount coconut oil in it's solid state for a non-dairy option
- 1/4 cup whole raw almonds finely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract I use organic
- 1/4 cup ice water or more, depending on humidity of your area
Stabilized Vanilla Whipped Cream (adapted from "Vanilla Whipped Cream" on the blog)
- 1 pint (437 ml/2 cups) organic whipping cream or heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar sifted, if lumpy
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract use organic, if possible
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch, dissolved in some of the whipping cream for easier incorporation sifted, if lumpy (to stabilize the whipped cream)
- 1 cup organic whipping cream or heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder or instant coffee (not regular coffee!)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups semi sweet or dark chocolate morsels or chopped bar, highest quality is best
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or almond extract
- 12 ounces fresh blueberries washed and pat dry *I suggest up to 12 ounces of blueberries just so that you can pick out the most beautiful blueberries and do a double layer to fully cover, you might end up with extra
- 1 pound strawberries washed and pat dry, tops cut, quartered or halved depending on how large they are
Single Almond Pie Crust Recipe (Preparation time 45 minutes-1 hour (including chill time) or make 1 day ahead, cook time 15-20 minutes)
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, Kosher salt, optional sugar, chopped almonds, and almond extract. Add chilled, cubed unsalted butter. Using a pastry cutter (or pulse in the food processor), combine butter with the flour mix until the mixture is course with chunks of butter (no smaller than pea-size). You don't have to over mix. Slowly add in the ice water and stir to combine. Use just enough to get the mixture to form a ball. Wrap the dough in an air tight container or plastic wrap. Chill the dough ball for a 1/2 hour before working with it again. (You can also make this ahead of the day you need it and allow it to chill 8 hours or overnight.)
Using a lightly floured surface (optionally, you can use a pastry mat) and rolling pin (I prefer the tapered French style pin or a pin that can be chilled, made from marble or ceramic to keep the dough cold). Roll out the dough to fit the rectangular tart tin.
- Press the dough in the tart tin. Prick the dough with a fork evenly, all around. Place parchment paper on top of the dough (crumple, then unfold first so that the paper fits better into the corners). Blind bake the crust with pie weights on top of the parchment in a 450 degree, pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the tart crust is cooked through and golden brown. When it's done allow it to cool completely before adding the filling.
- In a medium saucepan on the stove top, over low-medium heat, add in heavy whipping cream, unsalted butter, espresso powder, stir with a whisk, bring to a boil and remove from heat. Add in the chocolate and pure vanilla extract. Let it sit for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, stir in one direction until the chocolate and ingredients are completely combined and smooth. Pour into the cooked tart crust. Allow to cool to room temperature and then transfer to the refrigerator to cool completely at least 2 hours or overnight before adding the toppings.
Whipped Cream (from "Vanilla Whipped Cream" on the blog)
- Before starting, put the metal mixing bowl from your stand mixer in the freezer for at least 10-15 minutes. Using your stand mixer, mix cream, sugar, vanilla extract and cream of tartar on medium-high until stiff peaks form, this should only take a few minutes.
Assembling the French Flag Topping
- On the cooled Ganache tart, spoon a layer of whipped cream and smooth evenly to cover the ganache. Using the offset spatula, lightly mark 2 lines, diving the top in 3rds (for the colors of the French Flag).
- Add the washed and completely dry blueberries neatly in the first area for the "blue" part of the flag. Make sure there's no white whipped cream showing through the bottom.
- Leaving the middle blank for now, jump over the the other side of the tart and add the sliced strawberries, covering all the white whipped cream on that side.
- Using a star tip (or your preferred piping tip), pipe the remaining whipped cream in the center in neat lines, filing the tart to meet the height of the blueberries and strawberries. Chill the tart until ready to serve, enjoy!