Strawberry Tart Phyllo Dough Desserts

This strawberry tart recipe is perfect for Valentine’s Day! Flaky phyllo dough is topped with a special mascarpone dessert spread and garnished with fresh strawberries and chopped pistachios.

Are you drooling yet? 

To be honest, we made this dish for dessert and kept one as a leftover for breakfast the next day. The phyllo tart almost resembled a breakfast danish!

When most people think about phyllo dough desserts, they usually always imagine baklava, a traditional greek dessert with nuts and honey.

In reality, phyllo dough can be used in a lot of different ways. 

Recipes with Phyllo Dough

You can use phyllo dough to make appetizer and dessert shells. This is how we make one of our favorite recipes with phyllo cups, our mini baked brie bites.

Phyllo dough also makes a great tart! Whether you go the sweet or savory route, it will turn out delicious.

For a savory tart, top the phyllo with goat cheese and veggies like asparagus, tomato, or mushrooms.

For a sweet treat, reach for plump figs, spiced pears, or just follow along for this pistachio mascarpone strawberry tart recipe.

Preparing Phyllo Dough

Like most recipes with phyllo dough, our strawberry tart begins by making the crust. 

Ensure that your phyllo dough is thawed before you start cooking. Simply leave the package of Athens Phyllo Dough on your counter for three hours to thaw or let it thaw by placing the package in the refrigerator the day prior.

When you remove the phyllo dough from the package, you’ll notice that it doesn’t seem like a traditional “dough” at all. You’ll unroll a stack of delicate, paper-thin sheets.

The magic is in the preparation. By gently brushing each sheet with melted butter and stacking them on top of each other, you’ll end up with a buttery, flaky crust.

What is Mascarpone Cheese?

Mascarpone cheese comes from Italy. If you have read our guides to Rome, Capri, and Cinque Terre, it’s safe to say that we’re obsessed with Italy and all their delicious food!

Mascarpone cheese has a consistency similar to cream cheese, but it has a richer flavor since it is made from whole cream.

This Italian cheese also has the addition of slight acidity from lemon juice being present in the production of mascarpone.

Mascarpone desserts include tiramisu and many cheesecake variations. You’ll also find mascarpone added to some traditional Italian sauces or risottos.

Substitute for Mascarpone Cheese

If for some reason you can’t get your hands on mascarpone cheese, don’t fret.

A simple mascarpone cheese substitute is to mix 8oz. of cream cheese that has been softened with ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream. Add a small squeeze of lemon juice to add a bit more acidity.

Now you have your very own mascarpone recipe!

Strawberry Tarts with Mascarpone and Pistachio 

Makes 8 tarts

  • 6 sheets of Athens Phyllo Dough cut into 8 sections
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted 
  • 8 oz of mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons of half and half
  • 12-15 strawberries, sliced
  • Additional chopped pistachios, for garnish

Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees.

Spray two baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

Take the one sheet of the sliced phyllo dough and place it on the baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, gently brush the melted butter on one side of the phyllo. Top it with another sheet of sliced phyllo.

Repeat this process until the 8 pieces are 6 layers thick.

Cook the phyllo crusts for 8-12 minutes, until puffed up and golden brown.

Let the phyllo cool while you prepare the mascarpone.

Mix together the mascarpone cheese, chopped pistachios, sugar, salt, vanilla, honey, and the half and half.

Use a spatula to gently spread the mascarpone mixture on the phyllo dough tart crust. 

Top the tarts with fresh sliced strawberries and sprinkle them with additional chopped pistachios.

Strawberry Tart Phyllo Dough Desserts

Strawberry Tart Phyllo Dough Desserts

Yield: 8 tarts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Flaky phyllo dough, creamy mascarpone dessert spread, fresh strawberries, and salty pistachios. A match made in heaven.

Ingredients

  • 6 sheets of Athens Phyllo Dough cut into 8 sections
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 8 oz of mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons of half and half
  • 12-15 strawberries, sliced
  • Additional chopped pistachios, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray two baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Take the one sheet of the sliced phyllo dough and place it on the baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, gently brush the melted butter on one side of the phyllo. Top it with another sheet of sliced phyllo.
  4. Repeat this process until the 8 pieces are 6 layers thick.
  5. Cook the phyllo crusts for 8-12 minutes, until puffed up and golden brown.
  6. Let the phyllo cool while you prepare the mascarpone.
  7. Mix together the mascarpone cheese, chopped pistachios, sugar, salt, vanilla, honey, and the half and half.
  8. Use a spatula to gently spread the mascarpone mixture on the phyllo dough tart crust. 
  9. Top the tarts with fresh sliced strawberries and sprinkle them with additional chopped pistachios.

Enjoy this fresh and flavorful dessert!

This recipe was made in partnership with Athens Foods, thanks for supporting the brands that we love.

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