Ispahan Tart

by | Apr 12, 2018 | Pastry, Tarts | 2 comments

IspahanTart ……. My interpretation.
Why my interpretation? I searched a lot on the web and despite this, I could not find the original version of this famous tart.
Everyone has modified something, added or removed something else … but keeping in all preparations the original tastes: raspberries, lychees and rose.
So, here, my Ispahan Tart … … trying to find, sooner or later, the original recipe by Pierre Hermé.
I prepared it with a n almond and raspberries filling, a confit of raspberries and a layer of lychees.
To finish a delicious mascarpone and rose custard …….
Now it’s up to you….

Tarte Ispahan

Tarte Ispahan

Ispahan Tart

Yield: serves 8


Pâte sablée

  • 7.5 tbsp (105 g) soft unsalted butter
  • 3.5 tbsp (21 g) almond meal
  • ½ cup + 1tbsp (70 g) icing sugar
  • seeds from ½ vanilla pod
  • ½ extralarge (35 g) whole egg
  • 0.5 g Fleur de sel
  • 1 1/3 cups (175 g) pastry flour

Raspberries almond filling

  • 2 tbsp (25 g) soft unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp (25 g) superfine granulated sugar
  • 174 cup (25 g) almond meal
  • ½ medium (25 g) whole egg
  • a scant tbsp (5 g) corn starch (Maizena)
  • lamponi freschi

Raspberries confit

  • 1 cup + 2 tsp (250 g) raspberries puree
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp (25 g) superfine granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp + 1/8 tsp + 1/8 tsp (2.5 g) pectine NH

Mascarpone and rose custard

  • 2/3 cup + 1 tbsp + ½ tsp (169 g) heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp (45 g) superfine granulated sugar
  • 2 medium (37 g) egg yolks
  • 3 g gelatin sheets
  • ½ cup + 1/3 cup (187 g) mascarpone cheese
  • arome rose for pastry ( I used 1/2 tsp + 3 drops)

Pink glaze

  • 1/3 cup (75 g) water
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp + 1 tsp (235 g) superfine granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup + 1 tbsp (170 g) heavy cream
  • scant 3 oz (80 g) glucose syrup
  • 2 tbsp (30 g) inverted sugar or honey
  • 1 g salt
  • 12 g gelatin sheets (2.05%)
  • white food colour
  • red food colour


  • canned lychees (1 pound)
  • fresh raspberries
  • red rose petals


    Pâte sablée
    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix butter with almond meal, sifted icing sugar and vanilla seeds.
    Add lightly beaten whole egg and mix to combine.
    Add the sifted flour with salt and mix just to combine.
    Flatten the dough into a round disc, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 8 hours.
    Raspberries almond filling
    In a small bowl, soften the butter with a small whisk or with a fork, then add sugar and mix to combine.
    Add all other ingredients and mix to combine until well incorporated.
    To line the pastry ring
    Brush the interior of your ring with butter (7.5 inches - 19 cm.) and place on a baking tray with baking paper (I used micro perforated round tart ring, micro perforated tray and Silpat non-stick mat).
    Roll the dough gently until you have an even 2mm thickness.
    Gently ease the dough into the sides of the ring, use your fingertips to press the pastry into the edges and up the wall of the tin.
    Using the knife, remove the overhanging pastry.
    Prick the base with a fork and refrigerate for 2 hours.
    To bake
    Heat fan oven to 320 F - 160°C.
    Bake the tart shell for 16 minutes and let cool a few minutes.
    Pour the almond filling in a pastry bag, fill the shell and smooth the top.
    Halve raspberries, and place over the almond filling.
    Bake for 12 minutes.
    Let completely cool.
    Lychees layer
    Pat dry lychees and cut in half.
    Scatter evenly on cold almond filling.
    Raspberries confit
    In a small bowl, combine sugar with pectin.
    Heat raspberries puree until 145F - 60°C and add sugar/pectin mixture and stir to combine.
    Bring the mixture to boil and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
    Mix with a hand blender and when the mixture reaches 165F - 75°C, pour over lychees layer.
    Refrigerate to set (or freeze).
    Mascarpone and rose custard
    Soak gelatin sheets in cold water for 20 minutes.
    In a mixing bowl, mix egg yolks with sugar.
    Bring heavy cream to a boil and pour over yolks and sugar mixture.
    Stir to combine, then, cook over a medium heat until the mixture reaches 180F - 82°C.
    Add wringed gelatin sheets and stir to melt.
    Cool quickly.
    Soften the mascarpone cheese with a wisk and add arome rose.
    Add a small amount of custard to loosen.
    Add the remaining custard and mix to combine with a whisk.
    Pour the mixture into a 6 inches silicone mould (or a pastry ring).
    Chill, then freeze.
    Pink glaze
    Soak gelatin sheets in cold water and set aside.
    In a small saucepan, bring heavy cream, glucose syrup, inverted sugar syrup and salt to a boil.
    Meanwhile, cook water and sugar until 258F - 125°C.
    Gradually, pour the boiling syrup on heavy cream mixture and mix to combine.
    When the temperature gets to 160F - 70°C add wringed gelatin sheets and food coloring.
    With a hand blender, mix until well combined
    Refrigerate for 12 hours.
    To assemble
    Heat the glaze in the microwave and use at 90-95F - 32/35°C.
    Lay the tart on a serving plate and brush the surface with some drops of pink glaze or neutral glaze (to paste).
    Remove the mascarpone custard from the mould, place on a rack and glaze.
    Then, place the mascarpone custard on the tart (over the raspberries confit).
    Garnish with fresh raspberries and red rose petals.
    To serve
    Refrigerate for 4/6 hours to bring the mascarpone custard to the right temperature.
    If you have frozen all the tart, refrigerate for about 8 hours.


Tarte Ispahan



  1. Amy

    Absolutely beautiful. The delicate and yet sophisticated taste of summer.

    One issue though: the raspberry confit won’t set. Is the sugar quantity supposed to be 25g or 250g? Is it supposed to have the consistency of jam? I have made it twice and both times the confit was runny.

    • Paolo Amorosi

      the sugar quantity is 25 g. if the confit was runny, it may depend on pectine you use or on the time of boiling of the confit. I use Pectine NH nappage and the confit has to boil for at least 2 minutes.


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