Green Tea Tart with Lychees & Raspberries

Rejoice my friends and enjoy this Green Tea Tart with Lychees and Raspberries i made especially for you. It’s a French tart with an Asian twist i saw at Payard in New York and tried to recreate at work, i added quite a bit of zen-ness to it of course. It starts with a coconut sable crust with a raspberry jam on the bottom, a delicious green tea cream goes on top garnished with lychees, raspberries and fresh mint. It got a good review from the Big Bossman. I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

Green Tea Tart with Lychees & Raspberries

(serves 6)

For the coconut sable crust:

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 4 oz butter
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 ¾ cup sweetened coconut flakes

For the green tea cream:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon green tea powder (maccha)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • a few drops green food coloring (optional)

To assemble and garnish:

  • 1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 cups drained lychees, cut in half
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chiffonade


For the coconut sable crust:

Preheat oven to 400’F. Butter an 8-inch tart pan and set aside.
Whisk the cream and egg yolk together in a small bowl.
In a mixer fitted with the dough attachment, combine the flour, sugar, salt and butter and mix on medium speed until the mixture looks like coarse meal. Add the coconut flakes, and mix until just combined. Add the cream and yolk and mix until the dough comes together. Wrap the dough and chill for one hour.
When ready to proceed, place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out into a ¼-inch circle. Roll and wrap the dough around the rolling pin to pick it up and unroll over the tart pan. Gently fit the dough into the pan and cut-out the excess. Prick the bottom with a fork and line it with a piece of aluminum foil. Fill the lined tart shell with dry beans or pie weights, and bake 12 minutes. Remove the aluminum with the beans and bake another 12 minutes, until the crust is evenly light golden brown. Set aside on a rack to cool completely.

For the green tea cream:

In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar and cornstarch, then whisk in the eggs until well combined.
In a small saucepan, combine the cream and the milk and bring to a boil. Whisk in green tea powder and remove from heat. Add half of cream mixture to eggs while whisking constantly. Whisk mixture back into remaining cream and place over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture reaches a pudding-like consistency (if mixture gets lumpy blend for 30 seconds).
Remove from heat, stir in butter, strain through fine mesh sieve and cool over ice bath. Whisk in a few drops of green food coloring (if using).

To assemble and garnish:

With small offset spatula, line the bottom of the coconut sable crust with an even layer of raspberry jam.
Fill the shell with the cool green tea cream and spread evenly.
Garnish with lychees, fresh raspberries and mint. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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  • Mia King

    It just goes to show what the power of the mind can do … I have been checking the blog OBSESSIVELY since the clock struck midnight and envisioning myself eating the jam. Mmmm. And it worked!

    Thank you, Zenchef, you are the best! I can’t wait to get them!


  • [eatingclub] vancouver || js

    I like this Asian twist with the green tea cream and the lychees. Never had those with raspberries before, but thinking about it, it would go great.

  • Anali

    Woo hoo!!! Thank you ZC! You made my week!

    After all the things that have gone wrong the past few days, I knew something good had to happen to even it out. : )

  • Chicopea

    Oh swooon! lychee is my favorite fruit ever. Zen, you really nailed it- the colors, the details, even the tray thingy. can i just hug you and have a lychee zentini to go with the tart?

  • Manggy

    Don’t give it to Mia! She’ll get your address and (obsessively) stalk you! Kidding 😛 I knew I shouldn’t have commented first! (– illogical me.)

    I love it when you do patisserie :) Very in-vogue combination of flavors you’ve used here!

  • Colloquial Cook

    Très trendy ta tarte au thé vert! Pour la confiture, je n'arrive pas à croire que j'ai **encore** oublié d'envoyer mon pot-de-vin, #^*!&!! 😉

  • Dhanggit

    I didnt win, snif snif…after all the prayers that i did ..heheheh congrats to the winners

    you never cease to amaze me Zen, the flavors you mixed up here are perfect altogether!! green tea, lychees and raspberries what could we ask for more! too bad we are not neighbors LOL

  • canarygirl

    Zen man! It just isn’t fair that I am not ever invited to bossman’s house to eat. Seriously. What an in credible combo of flavors! And so beautiful…I love the contrast in textures, too.

  • Claude-Olivier

    tcho, cela donne bien toutes ces couleurs ! J’aime perso pas trop le thé vert mais le résultat en jette! comme d’hab chez toi! ciao

  • Clumbsy Cookie

    Congratulations to the winners (Mia must have read “The Secret” :)!
    Zen, everybody leaves your blog vitorious , even without prizes. Your nice recipes are enough!
    Lovely tart such nice flavours and color!

  • Elle

    Congrats to the winners!

    Zen, that looks s fresh and delicious! I’m bookmarking this one so I can attempt to make it.

  • Mary Coleman

    Congrats you two!! Jealousy abounds.
    Zen honey, I hate to ask, but I’ve never had a lychee. But your pictures make me most definitely want to try one!! This is beautiful.

  • Tia

    Ooooooh! Nomnomnomnom. I rarely get excited about desserts, but this looks spectacular and soooo refreshing!

  • Ann

    I demand a re-count! :-)

    Okay, okay, congrats to the winners! and what a GORGEOUS tart!

  • Adam

    Man, I didn’t win. Well congrats to the winners, and there’s always next time. We’re lucky the Zen Man is cool and wise beyond his years :)

    My brother in steak and cheesecake… your tart is awesome to the max. Seriously, that looks sooo refreshing. Now, the question is if green tea is good for you… well green tea tart must be better right? Exactly.

    Oh, and you have a sister? Well, I’m sure she won’t like a chiropractor/bodybuilder either :)

  • Gloria

    Lovely and yummy Tart chef Zen and…….Congrats to the winners! sinf, sniff, sorry…Gloria

  • My Sweet & Saucy

    What a interesting combo! Love your recreation of it!

  • Ben

    What a delicious looking tart, how come I didn’t get my slice?

  • Heather

    I love lychee, they remind me of fruit goat’s eyeballs.

  • Susan from Food Blogga

    Those are some psychedelic colors! I love it.

  • doggybloggy

    when I see you next I am going to put you in a headlock I am so over come with emotions a la gastranomique…these look so ‘special’

  • Corner Turn

    That is an interesting combo. Can you send me some my way? Please. :p

  • glamah16

    How ironic. Im reading this while drinking a passion/lychee martini! Its lloks very creative and wonderful.Congrats to the winners!

  • cakebrain

    Wheehee! You’ve just combined my all-time favourite flavours in one fell swoop! Gorgeous pics!

  • Jenny

    Love the fancy tart. I’m embarassed to say I thought Lychees were some sort of bean! Glad to know that is NOT true! Again, it’s like a little cooking class each time I visit. Thanks for sharing your expertise! Congrats to the winners, we are all envious!

  • Uncle Dee

    Sweet and slightly tart fruits with pleasant yet subtly sophisticated tea gelee – ingenious!

  • Dee

    This is why you’re the pro, and I bake for a five year old. Tarts to me = shortcrust. I’m not sure what a Joconde is (sad, I know) so in the name of research I’m forced to attempt this. See what you did?


  • Kevin

    That looks nice and colourful and good. I like the use of the green tea.

  • waliz

    too beautiful to eat it!

  • Darius T. Williams

    Oh Lord – this looks way too good!


  • Alejandra

    Oh my gosh!! You brilliant, brilliant, man! Though I’m sad that I did not win your lovely jams, I must say that the sight of this gorgeous tart has help dull the pain. I can’t take my eyes off of it! Must. Recreate. Soon.

  • Nina’s Kitchen (Nina Timm)

    Zenman, you rock man!!! This is incredibly beautiful!!! I love lychees!

  • Cynthia

    I promise i won’t stop blogging until you all win something. – that’s a promise I am holding you to.

  • Noor

    Oh wow that looks amazing. I just tried some tea cakes with red beans the other day for the first time and was shocked out how good it was (I just knew it would be horrid). I would love to try this, amazing..

  • chocolate shavings

    What a great combination! I love your asian twist on a french classic dessert!

  • Emiline

    It’s sooo beautiful! I love it! A French dessert meets Asia. Such a good idea.
    The colors really pop.

    You are one talented man!

  • White On Rice Couple

    Congrats to the lucky TWO winners! And do you PROMISE that you won’t stop blogging until everyone wins?! I’ll hold you to it! (I’m such a greedy blogger) :)
    I’m in lychee heaven now, there’s two fresh varieties that I’m munching on now, both are delicious. What a great tropical inspired tart, I’ll have to same some of my lychees for it.
    It looks like, from the recipe, that you used fresh lychee’s. Great!

  • Shreya

    congrats to the winners! The Green Tea Tart looks awesome. Such lovely colours..raspberries and lychees..just heavenly…

  • Nicole

    Beautiful tart!

    Bummer I didn’t win! :-( I guess I’ll just have to keep commenting. Heaven help me if I grow any kind of beard though!!!

  • Syrie

    What a perfect looking tart. The combinations are fascinating!

  • T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types

    Absolutely beautiful. That tart is making me wish that summer would never end …

  • Elra

    Poor me, I’ve been dreaming to win! I guess “CONGRATULATION” to the winner!!!!!!!

    Chef, this is one exotic tarte, lychees and raspberries? Eat meet west, I suppose?

  • Kate / Kajal

    aww i’m heart broken :( no jam :(

    love the flavours …lychee , green tea …truly asian …

    i’m still heart broke n… :(

  • Tartelette

    See what happens when I put myself on socializing lockdown? I miss this incredible jam giveaway…I want to see a video of you jammin’ with the jam!
    The tart looks wonderful!

  • Jan

    Now that looks delish!

  • foodhuntress79

    Zen Chef! I would like to ask you if you took some units in Fine Arts before you cooked. Did you? Because you can 'paint' the plate so well :) Mia & Anali, you're so lucky! Congrats!

    Oh- I was imagining them having the tart. The jams, right? :)

  • AzAzura

    I freakin love green tea and i know you think that I love any edible thing in this world but green tea is something else…
    I love it and will have this for my wedding if i ever will have one.

  • breadpitt

    the tart looks so juicy and frutti………..

  • Bren@Flanboyant Eats

    i love this.. .nice nice nice…

  • Joanna

    that is an amazing colorful tart that I would like to get naked and dive into it, thank you.