Recipe: Strawberry And Pimms Tart


An ideal recipe for the summer months... a fruit tart inspired by the flavoured put into a classic Pimms drinks. Topped off with a fancy (and optional) Pimms foam and served with homemade lavender lemonade!



  • 250 g plain flour
  • 125 g salted butter, cold
  • 90 g caster sugar
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 egg, beaten


  • 250 g full fat cream cheese
  • 150 ml double cream
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 300 g fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 1 orange
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 handful of fresh mint sprigs


  • 1 l water
  • 2 lemons (plus the one zested above)
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp fresh lavender


  • 50 ml Pimms
  • 2 g xanthan gum
  • 2 g hy-foamer
Make the pastry

Step 1

Make The Pastry

Rub the flour and cold diced butter together until it resembles breadcrumbs, this can be done in a food processor. Stir in the sugar, zest of the lemon and beaten egg.
 Combine until you get a soft dough. 
 Roll the dough together, wrap it in Clingfilm and leave in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes. 

Line a tart case

Step 2

Line A Tart Case

Roll the dough, once rested, to 0.5cm thick on a floured surface, large enough to cover your tart tin. Roll the dough over the tin and press it tightly into the sides of the tin. Trim off most of the excess. 
 Cover the tart case with a sheet of tin foil and weigh it down with baking beans or uncooked rice then return to the fridge to rest for another 20 minutes.

Blind bake

Step 3

Blind Bake

Preheat the oven to 200ºC. 
 Blind bake for 10 minutes, remove the beans and paper, then cook for another 5 minutes and allow to cool.

Prepare the fruit

Step 4

Prepare The Fruit

Slice the apple, leaving the skin on and add to bowl with the orange segments, cut strawberries and chunks of cucumber.

Vanilla cream filling

Step 5

Vanilla Cream Filling

Whisk the double cream and sugar together in a bowl with a hand mixer until you get soft peaks form. Whip the cream cheese and scraped seeds from the vanilla pod into the cream. Trim the edges of the pastry case so that it’s neat using a serrated knife. Pour the vanilla filling into the cooled pastry case and spread it out to the edges.

Scatter the fruit

Step 6

Scatter The Fruit

Scatter the fruit over the tart and arrange however you fancy.

Homemade lemonade

Step 7

Homemade Lemonade

Wash the lemons in hot water, then roughly chop and add to a blender with all the other ingredients for the lemonade. Blitz until smooth, then pour into a jug through a fine sieve.

Foam and serve

Step 8

Foam And Serve

Combine 150ml of the lemonade with the Pimms, xanthan gum and hy-foamer then whisk up until you get 8-10 times the volume. Serve the strawberry tart in slices with Pimms foam on the side and a glass of homemade lemonade over ice. Serves 8

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