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Sweet, buttery, salty, and creamy, this is the best Simple Strawberry and Cream Rye Pretzel Tart. The crust is a mix of salty pretzels, warming, rich, rye flour, sweet brown sugar, and nutty brown butter. The cream filling is made simply with whipped ricotta and a small touch of sugar. The filling is spooned over the crunchy salty crust and topped with jam and in-season berries. Trust me, this strawberry and (ricotta) cream pie is roll your eyes back delicious. Every bite is sweet, salty, creamy, and bursting with fresh berries. The perfect easy summer dessert.

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Told ya I was really embracing the summer recipes this week. Currently, I’m all about anything easy, and anything with color. The sun has been full-on one minute and the next minute a storm rolls through. Then back to sunshine the next. So I’ve decided to try to bring as much summer into my life in other ways as possible.

Enter this tart. It’s a combo that I LOVE…strawberries, cream, and salty pretzels. And though I’ve combined these flavors before, I’ve never done so just like this tart.

This tart is extra special with little touches that make it unique, and of course, delicious.

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The inspiration was really pretty simple. I’ve been wanting to create a new berry-filled recipe for weeks. But I couldn’t come up with anything new that felt exciting to me, so I decided to just hold off.

But our weather this week just wasn’t bringing any of the summery vibes I was looking for. So I couldn’t resist this idea of a strawberry tart any longer. Originally this was simpler, a tart with a basic cookie crust, cream, and berries. But then it evolved. I added things like warming rye flour (the secret to the crust), salted pretzels, whipped ricotta cream, and even a sprinkle of lavender sugar too.

So much flavor, pretty, and actually fairly simple too.

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Details – the crust

The crust. It’s made with pretzels, brown sugar, rye flour, and wait for it…brown butter. Sooo, it’s salty, sweet, nutty, rich, and buttery. It gets toasted in the oven until golden and lightly browned, giving it a bit of a salty, sweet crunch.

Meaning it is perfectly delicious…and the key to making this tart just so good.

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Moving along – the filling

The filling? It’s also perfect. It’s simply whipped ricotta cheese sweetened lightly with a touch of sugar. Using ricotta creates a light, airy, and extra creamy tart that feels a little more exciting than other tarts. And actually has flavor too.

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I swirl the ricotta over the crust, and then swirl in a few spoonfuls of jam. Again the jam is a must here…and we all know I love jam. I used a trio of blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry jam, which made every bite a little different and bursting with sweet summery flavor.

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For the strawberries, I kept them simple. Just fresh berries, the tiniest pinch of sugar, and if you’re into it, some dried lavender too.  The best summer combo.

Now, layer everything together and you’ll have the perfect strawberry and cream pretzel tart. It. Is. DELICIOUS, and oh so pretty too!

And easy, so…kind of hard to beat!

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Lastly, if you make this Simple Strawberry and Cream Rye Pretzel Tart, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Simple Strawberry and Cream Rye Pretzel Tart

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 390 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



Ricotta Cream


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
    2. Add the butter to a skillet set over medium heat. Allow the butter to brown, until it smells toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
    3. In a food processor, pulse together the pretzels and brown sugar until the pretzels are mostly ground with a few chunks left. Add the rye flour, vanilla, and browned butter. Pulse to combine. Press the dough into the prepared pan. Bake 12 minutes, until golden. Let cool.
    4. To make the cream. Whip the ricotta in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Add the powdered sugar and pulse to combine. The cream can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
    5. To assemble, spread the cream over the crust and dollop the jam over the cream, gently swirling it into the cream. Arrange the strawberries on top. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and lavender (if using) and sprinkle over the berries. Slice and serve immediately. If making ahead, add the berries just before serving. The tart keeps in the fridge for 1-2 days.
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    1. Hi Nicole,
      Sure, that will work well for you! Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx

  1. I’ve made this twice now and it’s a BIG hit with friends at summer BBQs – love it. But my tart always comes apart and crumbles. Is there something I can do to make it more durable (cut-able) like it is in the photos? Thank you!

    1. Hey Gwen,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Is there anything you are adjusting? You can try adding more butter into the crust. xTieghan

    2. Planning to try this. It looks summery yummy.

      One question… did I miss where the fresh raspberries are used.

      1. Hi Mary,
        You’ll add those in step 5 with the strawberries:) I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xx

    1. Hey Debbie,
      You could also use all purpose flour. I hope the recipe turns out amazing for you. Please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  2. Totally delicious! Refreshing, light, summery. Unfortunately the quantity if ricotta is too little. The pictures show a significant fluffy amount of ricotta cream that you can swirl in the jam. The recipe amount barely puts a thin spread on it. I would suggest the recipe be changed to double the ricotta so viewers know before or if they do not read the reviews. This will be a keeper recipe for me with double amount of ricotta cream.

    1. Hey Hanna,
      Wonderful! I am so glad this recipe was a hit, thanks a lot for making it! Have a lovely week:) xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    So easy!! Omg this recipe is what i was craving! The fluffy, rich but lite filling with the salty crust is the best! I made last night and cant get enough 🙂

    1. Hey Jessica,
      Happy Wednesday! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe, thanks for making it:) xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    I made this dessert for a dinner with girlfriends, and everyone loved it! I especially love the crunchy crust. I doubled the ricotta as suggested in one of the reviews, and I’m so glad I did. This is a no-fail recipe! Thanks, Tieghan.

  5. 5 stars
    This is going to be my new favourite summer dessert recipe! It was so easy and tasted unbelievable!! I made it on the weekend and it was a hit with everyone. I did modify it slightly to be gluten free using rice flour (because there was mention of it in the write up and I needed a GF option for Rye). Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

    1. Hey Kyla,
      Happy Friday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! xxTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    This was delicious and so easy. I like that you can make the components earlier and just put it together quickly and serve. We thought that a chocolate drizzle on top might be a delicious add. Thank you for your inspiration!

    1. Hey there,
      Love to hear this! Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  7. In your description you say “rice flour” but the recipe says “rye flour”. Which is correct?

    Looks amazing!

    1. Hey Penny,
      You will want to use rye flour for this recipe. I hope you love the dessert, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

      1. Any chance you have tried your recipe with rye salted pretzels to make it easier? If so, what amounts did you use? Thank you lots!

        1. Hi Laurel,
          Sorry, I haven’t, but you are going to need the flour, so I would recommend sticking with the recipe:) Let me know if you give it a try! xx