Berry Tart with Brown Butter Shortbread Crust

Berry Tart with Brown Butter Shortbread Crust, decorated for the Fourth of July! | from Bakerita.comIt’s July! This is crazy. How has so much time passed?? I can’t believe things are already getting patriotic once again, and red, white and blue everything is already back covering my Pinboards. People are so darn creative with these things, I always have a hard time thinking of a recipe to throw into the ring! I’m so terrible about getting up holiday-relevant posts in time, but I worked extra hard to make sure that I got a Fourth of July post up for you guys. And it’s a GOOD one too.

This crust isn’t new to, but it’s definitely a throwback to the early days. This Browned Butter Dulce De Leche Tart isn’t photographed the most beautifully, but it tastes amazing. This crust recipe (which actually used to be a cookie recipe when I first found it) makes everything it touches turn into gold…not really, but you know, close. It’s rich and buttery (as all things with brown butter are), and it stays wonderfully crunchy and flavorful under the whipped cream and berries.

Berry Tart with Brown Butter Shortbread Crust, decorated for the Fourth of July! | from Bakerita.comThis tart is deceptively simple and really doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, and if you’re not making it for the Fourth or don’t want to be patriotic, just throw on the berries however you’d like! You can even use other fruits, like mango or peaches, if you want. I totally love it.

People always ask me what my favorite baked goods are, and this baby has got to be one of them. I love the fruity desserts, and this crust recipes makes it absolutely perfect with the whipped cream. Love! Hope you all have a Happy (and safe!) Fourth of July!!!

Berry Tart with Brown Butter Shortbread Crust, decorated for the Fourth of July! | from Bakerita.comIMG_3668

Berry Tart with Brown Butter Shortbread Crust
For the crust
  • 1½ sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup lightly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
For the topping
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
For the crust
  1. Lightly grease a 9½-inch round fluted tart pan with a removable bottom.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and continue to cook until it caramelizes and emits a nutty, butterscotch aroma. You will notice brown flecks in the bottom of the pan as the butter deepens in color. This should take about 3-6 minutes. Be careful not to burn the butter. Remove from the heat.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter with the brown sugar, vanilla and salt. Add the flour and mix until incorporated. Spread the dough evenly and up the sides of the prepared pan. Let stand for at least 2 hours or preferably overnight. (Do not refrigerate)
  4. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  5. Bake the shortbread for 45 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Let cool.
For the topping
  1. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, whip the cream for about 4-6 minutes, or until it thickens into a soft whipped texture. Add the vanilla extract and powdered sugar and mix for about another 30 seconds, or until the mixture is thick and whipped. Don't overmix.
  2. Spread the whipped cream into the cooled tart crust, and arrange your berries as desired on top.

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  1. Oh, what a stunning tart! It would be perfect for the 4th indeed! Also, that brown butter crust sounds like the best thing ever – and the whipped cream topping… *drools*

  2. I really love all the strawberry and blueberry recipes people make for the 4th of July. Yours is great. Love the crust recipe!

  3. I love anything with browned butter and I’m sure this tart would be no exception. The crust sounds incredible! And what a creative way to arrange the berry toppings. Such a fun and pretty way to celebrate Fourth of July!

  4. So pretty and delicious-looking :)

  5. That crust sounds amaaaazing! I’ve gotta try it!

  6. Hi Rachel,
    Looks AMAZING! Love the photography (as always)! :-)

  7. Super cute design, I can imagine it’s delicious!

  8. Such a fun, festive tart! Love the brown butter crust!

  9. What a gorgeous tart! LOVE the brown butter in the crust!! And obviously, the berries look beautiful on top of all that whipped cream. So patriotic. :)

    Btw, last night I made that toasted coconut butter you posted last week and omg! <3

  10. This is gorgeous! Love how you designed the top. And I’m a big fan of browned butter, and it’s not too hard to make! Happiness!

  11. it looks delicious!

  12. My mouth is watering just thinking about brown butter shortbread crust. Yum! What a delicious tart!

  13. yum! love the idea of the brown butter crust instead of a normal pastry. pretty as a picture, thanks for the inspiration!

  14. I agree, time is seriously flying by. Love your patriotic tart here! Can’t go wrong with brown butter and whipped cream ;)

  15. So simple, but so good! I can’t resist the brown butter crust!

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