Tarte Tropézienne

Tarte Tropézienne Recipe - Bruno Albouze - THE REAL DEAL

Tarte Tropézienne Recipe
La tarte tropeziene also known as la tarte St Trope is a pâtisserie consisting of a filled brioche. It was created in 1955 by Alexandre Mika, a pâtisserie owner in St Tropez. The pastry was named by Actress Brigitte Bardot while she was there filming ‘And God Created Woman’ in 1956.

Serves 8/10.
10 ounces (300g) brioche dough*
*To make your own brioche dough click bellow. Brioche dough can also be ordered from your local baker.

In floured work surface, first gather sides of the brioche dough toward the center to form thus a round shape. Remove flour, flip dough and form a tight ball. Let rest for 15 minutes; covered. Dust some flour back on the work surface and dough. Flatten brioche a bit using a rolling pin, cover and let rest for 15 minutes to relax. (Refrigerate dough if it is too warm). Roll out dough into desired diameter and place in greased 9’’ or 10’’ (23/25cm) pan. Cover with a greased plastic wrap or a wet kitchen towel. Let proof in a 90ºF (30ºC) area for about 2:30 or until it has tripled in size. With a pastry brush, gently paint the surface of the brioche with the egg wash and dot with the streusel cubes. Bake at 350ºF (180ºC) for about 18 min. Remove brioche from the oven and let sit 10 min. Then, transfer onto a cooling rack. Chill an hour or more before slicing it lengthwise. Note that brioche should never be overbaked or its texture and flavor will suffer.
Egg wash: 1 eggs beaten with a pinch of salt.

1 ounce (30g) salted butter*, cold and cubed
1 ounce (30g) granulated sugar
1 ounce (30g) pastry or all-purpose flour
*If using unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt.
In a food processor, blend all ingredients until just combined. Flatten dough between 2 parchment papper into 1/4’’ (6mm) thick slab and freeze.
Once frozen, cut into cubes. Keep frozen.

Mediterranean Syrup
0.6 cup (160ml) water
1/3 cup (80g) sugar
1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract or seeds from one vanilla bean
1 Tbsp (15ml) orange blossom water or 1 tsp (5ml) orange extract
1 ea. orange zest
1 Tbsp (15ml) Kirsh (optional)
Heat up all ingredrients together until sugar is dissolved; no need to boil. Keep syrup at room temperature.

Tropézienne Filling

Pastry Cream

6 grams gelatin sheets or powder.

1.1 cups (280ml) whole milk
0.4 cup (80g) brown sugar
4 ea. (80g) egg yolks
1 ea. vanilla bean, scrape out seeds or, 1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract or paste
2 Tbsp (20g) corn starch
1/2 lb. (225g) mascarpone.

0.7 cup (170ml) heavy cream
2 Tbsp (25ml) orange blossom water or 1 tsp (5ml) orange extract
1 Tbsp (15ml) Kirsch (optional).

Soak gelatin in cold water to soften for about 8 min and drain. If using gelatin powder, sprinkle in 42g of cold water and let sit 10 minutes or more before using.
In a bowl, beat sugar, yolks, starch and vanilla together and set aside. Meanwhile, bring milk to a boil in a medium size saucepan. Turn off heat, and temper the yolk mixture with half of the hot milk; whisk well. Pour the tempered mixture back into the other half of the hot milk. Whisk and return to the stove. Bring pastry cream to boil and cook for 2 minutes; whisking constantly – on medium heat.
Turn off heat and whisk in the gelatin and add the mascarpone. Transfer custard onto a tray lined with plastic wrap and cover with wrap in contact. Let cool to room temp and chill completely.

Tropézienne Filling
Chill mixing bowl for 30 min or more prior making whipped cream. Whip heavy cream until soft peaks. Transfer whipped cream in a separate bowl. Don’t clean the mixing bowl nor the whisk attachment – beat on high speed the chilled custard along with the flavoring and Kirsch is desired. Fold whipped cream into the soften custard. Fill a pastry bag with a half inch (1.25cm) plain diameter pastry tip.

Slice the previously refrigerated brioche lengthwise using a bread knife. Cut top into 8 or 10 portions using a chef’s knife and flip. Moisturize generously the brioche bottom and tops with the mediterranean syrup; use it all. Pipe out cream buns starting from 12 to 6 and 9 to 3 o’clock, filling gaps as you go. By following this procedure the filling will be better distributed. Arrange tops back on and cut through with a large chef’s knife. Dust with powdered sugar and serve. Tropézienne can be kept refrigerated up to 2 days; wrapped up. It can also be frozen a few weeks – Enjoy!

For the brioche recipe click here

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