I remember having a version of this pie at a diner in Palm Springs. We now make this pastry recipe all the time at the store – it’s good because it always stays tender, never browned too much and you don’t have to blind bake the tart case.


  • Crust:

  • 420 g pastry flour, sifted

  • 3 Tbsp sugar

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces and chilled

  • 2 egg yolks

  • dash white vinegar

  • 3-4 Tbsp cold water

  • Filling:

  • 3 cups quartered strawberries

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

  • ½ cup + 2 Tbsp water

  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch

  • Meringue:

  • 5 large egg whites

  • 1 tsp lemon juice

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 tsp cornstarch


  • 1.

    For crust, blend flour, sugar and salt in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Cut in butter, on low speed, until a rough crumbly texture. Whisk egg yolks with vinegar and 3 Tbsp of cold water. Add all at once to flour mixture and blend. If dough does not work itself together, add remaining 1 Tbsp water. Shape dough into a log, wrap in plastic and chill.

  • 2.

    Divide dough into 6 equal pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of dough to just under 1/4-inch thick and line six 3 ½-inch tart shells. Trim tart shells and chill 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  • 3.

    Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Place tart shells on a baking tray and dock bottoms with a fork. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until bottoms appear dry and edges brown just lightly. Let cool.

  • 4.

    For filling, stir strawberries with sugar, lemon juice and ½ cup water. Let sit for 20 minutes. Strain away liquid into a small pot. Bring liquid up to a simmer. Stir cornstarch with remaining 2 tablespoons water and whisk into simmering liquid. Stir until thickened, then remove from heat to cool. Once cooled, fold into strawberries and spoon into baked tart shells. Chill while preparing meringue.

  • 5.

    For meringue, preheat oven to 400F (200C). Whip egg whites with lemon juice on one speed lower than high and gradually add sugar while whipping to stiff peaks. Stir in cornstarch and pipe or dollop over strawberry filling. Bake for 2 to 3 minutes until browned then cool and chill until ready to serve.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)

  • Energy 872kj
  • Fat Total 32g
  • Saturated Fat 20g
  • Protein 10g
  • Carbohydrate 136g
  • Sugar 77g
  • Sodium 444mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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You could use whipped cream instead of the meringue for more of a “shortcake” tart.

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