Raspberry and white chocolate tart

Murielle Valette / 09 August 2013

If I had to pick a favourite tart, this tarte aux framboises et au chocolat blanc vanillé, or raspberry and white chocolate tart, would probably be it. Personally, it’s the perfect combination of flavours and textures: a crispy nutty pastry, a sweet chocolate cream that contrasts with the acidity of the fresh raspberries. Just divine!

Preparation time

50 minutes

Baking time

15–20 minutes


Serves 8 (24cm tart)


For the white chocolate and vanilla mousse

  • 2 small gelatine leaves (3g)
  • 120g white chocolate
  • 200mlg fresh double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod (opened and scraped)
  • 280ml fresh double cream, softly whipped

For the hazelnut sablée pastry

  • 80g ground hazelnuts
  • 180g plain flour
  • 120g cold butter, diced
  • 120g icing sugar
  • small pinch of salt
  • 1 medium egg

For the filling

  • 100g white chocolate
  • 20g butter
  • 600g fresh raspberries (about 6 punnets)
  • 150g raspberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon water


Serves 8 (24cm tart) / Preparation time: 30 + 20 minutes / Resting time in the fridge: 4 + 1 hours + 15 minutes / Resting time in the freezer: 15 minutes / Baking time: 15–20 minutes at 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3 / You will need a 24cm tart tin.

How to make raspberry and white chocolate tart

1. Make the white chocolate and vanilla mousse (see below). Set in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours. This step can be done the day before.

2. Mix the ground hazelnuts with the flour and make the sablée pastry following the method here. Rest in the fridge for 1 hour.

3. Line the tart tin, prick with a fork and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes.

4. Blind bake the pastry base straight from the freezer (no baking beans needed) until it is evenly golden brown.

5. Melt the white chocolate and butter together in the microwave at a medium power for 1 minute. Stir with a spatula and repeat this step every 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted. Brush the pastry base with a thin layer of the chocolate and butter mix. Set in the fridge for 15 minutes. This will help the pastry to stay crispy.

6. Fill a piping bag and pipe a thin layer of the white chocolate mousse over the chocolate-coated pastry. Top the tart with the raspberries.

7. In a pan, warm up the raspberry jam with the water and use to glaze the raspberries using a pastry brush.

How to make a white chocolate and vanilla mousse

1. Soften the gelatine leaves in cold water for 10 minutes.

2. Break the white chocolate into small pieces and put it in a large bowl.

3. Drain off the water from the gelatine leaves and add them to the white chocolate.

4. Bring to the boil the fresh double cream with the vanilla pod (opened and scraped), and pour it over the white chocolate through a fine sieve.

5. Stir with a spatula until the chocolate is melted, then cool for 15 minutes at room temperature.

6. Fold in the softly whipped cream.

7. Set in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours before use.

Patisserie by Murielle Valette

Patisserie: The step-by-step guide to baking French pastries at home by Murielle Valette is published by Constable and Robinson in October 2013, priced £14.99. 

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.