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Strawberry "Bandanna" Tart


The secret to making a bandanna you can eat with a fork -- a fruit tart with a cutout crust -- is using aspic cutters in varied shapes, mainly circles and ovals.

  • Servings: 10
  • Yield: Makes one 9-inch tart

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2007


  • 8 cups strawberries (about 3 pounds), hulled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • Pate Brisee for Strawberry "Bandana" Tart
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Fine sanding sugar, for sprinkling


  1. Combine strawberries and sugar, and let stand 1 hour. Drain, discarding liquid. Add cornstarch to berries, and stir.

  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out half the dough into an 11-inch square. Fit into a 9-inch square fluted tart pan with a removable bottom, pressing dough gently into sides. Prick bottom with a fork. Spread strawberry mixture over dough.

  3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out remaining dough into an 11-inch square. Cut out shapes as desired (keeping at least a 2-inch border). If dough becomes too soft to work with, refrigerate until firm. Carefully place dough over filling, and trim any overhanging dough. Press edges to seal.

  4. Whisk together egg and water, and brush egg wash over top crust. Sprinkle with sanding sugar.

  5. Place tart on a baking sheet, and bake 25 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees. Bake until filling is bubbling, 30 to 35 minutes. If crust browns too quickly, cover with parchment paper and then foil. Let cool completely before unmolding. Cut into squares, and serve.

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  • Gatonju
    5 SEP, 2008
    If this is your first time making a tart, I suggest looking up a "how to on pie dough" because this was my first time and my 11inch tart turned into a 6inch tart. It was very pretty when it was done. The great thing is once you have patee brisee down you can make anything.... Good Luck!
  • mmsrjs
    19 JUL, 2008
    Cindi-- take your mouse pointer and place it on the blue words in the ingredient list, your pointer will turn to a hand and the words pate brisee will now be underlined. Just click on your mouse and the dough recipe will come up. It is a good one, so give it a try.
  • MS10811565
    15 JUL, 2008
    Pate Brisee is the dough recipe.
  • cyndiMig
    3 JUL, 2008
    Your recipe for Strawberry "Bandanna" Tart has no mention of the ingredients for the dough?????????
  • Learner10
    26 JUN, 2008 has aspic cutters.
  • Anna_Marie
    26 JUN, 2008
    Goodness! This recipe says to discard the liquid formed from adding the sugar to the strawberries before making this tart. I would NEVER throw that out! Use it as an ice cream "sauce", on pancakes, or to add a strawberry flavor to lemonade. At our house, that stuff is like "liquid gold"! lol
  • georginamary
    24 JUN, 2008
    Please can the editor use metric measurements as well as many viewers to the website are from countries that are metric. Thanks South africa
  • Suncere
    16 JUN, 2008
    Where does a person find these cut outs mentioned in the recipe?
  • dbar1954
    17 MAY, 2008
    Pate brisee is just a pastry dough. You might try adding a half teaspoon of vanilla extract if working with apple for instance.
  • MS11160044
    15 MAY, 2008
    Pate Brisee is another name for dough. It's right there in the recipe.