Essentially vanilla tart

Credit: Atelier Mai 98

This tart is made up of a shortcrust pastry base topped with white chocolate and vanilla ganache and vanilla mascarpone cream. Pierre Hermé has chosen to unite vanilla pods from different origins: from Tahiti for their intense background note, from Mexico for a floral note, and from Madagascar for a woody note. This association allows him to create a vanilla maison, to express his own interpretation of vanilla.

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Step 1: Shortcrust pastry

Knead the butter and in then stir the ingredients one by one. Keep in the refrigerator under plastic. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/10 inch (2 mm). Cut out a disk 9-inch (23-cm) in diameter. Put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Butter a pastry ring 7-inch (17-cm) in diameter and 1-inch (2-cm) high, line with pastry and cut off any excess. Lay the ring on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and line it with aluminum foil. Fill with dried beans and bake in a convection oven at 340°F (170°C) for approximately 25 minutes.

Step 2: Spoon biscuit

Sift the flour and potato starch. Beat the egg whites with the sugar, to create stiff peaks. Pour the yolks into the whites, stir gently for a few seconds, and then stop. Stir the flour and potato starch by lifting the preparation gently, using a spatula. Using a pastry bag fitted with a No. 7 nozzle, on parchment paper, draw a disk 5-inch (13-cm) in diameter. Bake in a convection oven at 450°F (230°C) for approximately 6 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

This recipe was originally published in "My Best Pierre Hermé" (Éditions Alain Ducasse). See all credits

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