Tarte Tropézienne


The Tarte Tropézienne is a true taste of summer, a delightful blend of creamy filling and light, fluffy dough that transports your senses to the French Riviera with every bite. This delicious French pastry originated in Saint-Tropez.

Here’s a recipe for the Tarte Tropézienne:


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk, lukewarm
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten (for glazing)
  • Pearl sugar, for topping

For the filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Add the beaten eggs, butter, and vanilla extract, and stir until a sticky dough forms.
  2. Gradually pour in the lukewarm milk, stirring constantly, until the dough comes together and is smooth.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9-inch (23-cm) springform pan with butter.
  5. Punch down the dough and transfer it to the prepared pan. Use your fingers to press it out evenly across the bottom and about 1 inch (2.5 cm) up the sides of the pan. Brush the top with the beaten egg yolk and sprinkle with pearl sugar.
  6. Bake the dough for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. Fold in the crème fraîche until just combined.
  8. Cut the cooled pastry in half horizontally. Spread the cream filling over the bottom half of the pastry, then replace the top half. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.
  9. Refrigerate the tart for at least 1 hour before serving to allow the filling to set. Slice and serve chilled.

Enjoy your delectable Tarte Tropézienne!