Indulge in the iconic French pastry known as the Tarte Tropézienne, or la Tarte St Tropez. This delightful treat combines a light and fluffy brioche filled with a luscious custard, creating a perfect harmony of flavors and textures. Created in 1955 by the talented pâtissier Alexandre Mika in the charming town of St Tropez, this pastry has become a true classic in French culinary history. Legend has it that the Tarte Tropézienne got its name from none other than the glamorous French actress Brigitte Bardot herself. While filming "And God Created Woman" (Et Dieu Créa La Femme) in St Tropez in 1956, Bardot fell in love with the delicious confection and suggested the name we now know and adore. With its rich history and irresistible combination of flavors, the Tarte Tropézienne is a must-try for any pastry lover. Stay tuned to discover the secrets behind this beloved French dessert with Chef Bruno Albouze as he shares his expertise and passion for creating exquisite delicacies.


Course: Cakes
Cuisine: French
Keyword: brioche, Tropezienne
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 250kcal
Cost: $12
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  • 1 Stand mixer
  • 2 Baking trays
  • 1 Dough scraper
  • 1 Tart ring 9-inch/23cm Ø
  • 1 Immersion blender
  • 1 Rubber spatula
  • 1 Whisk
  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Pastry brush
  • 1 Piping bag



  • 50 g Butter
  • 50 g Sugar
  • 50 g All-purpose flour
  • 2 g Salt

Brioche Dough

  • 400 g Bread flour
  • 40 g Sugar
  • 8 g Salt
  • 15 g Instant yeast
  • 90 g Milk
  • 4 ea. Eggs
  • 200 g Butter cubed and chilled

Egg Wash

  • 1 ea. Egg, beaten with a pinch of salt

Orange Syrup

  • 160 g Water
  • 80 g Sugar
  • 20 g Orange peels
  • 5 g Vanilla
  • 15 g Orange blossom water

Diplomate Cream

  • 300 g Whole milk
  • 100 g Sugar
  • 4 ea. Egg yolks
  • 5 g Vanilla
  • 15 g Flour
  • 15 g Corn starch
  • 7 g Gelatin 200 bloom
  • 225 g Mascarpone
  • 10 g Orange blossom water
  • 200 g Whipped cream

Strawberry Gelée

  • 300 g Strawberries for the puree
  • 10 g Lemon juice
  • 50 g Sugar
  • 7 g Agar-agar

Strawberry Compote

  • 360 g Strawberry gelée
  • 400 g Fresh strawberries



  • Streusel (crumble top) is optional. In a food processor, blend all ingredients until it comes together; refrigerate. Grate streusel using an upside down cooling rack or cut into small cubes. Keep streusel in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to use.
    grating streusel

Brioche Dough

  • Cubed butter and keep refrigerated. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (hook attachement works fine too, paddle works faster), mix to combine flour, sugar, salt and instant yeast. Add cold eggs and milk. Mix on low until it comes together. Then, increase mixer speed to medium and mix for 8 mins or until dough comes off the sides of the bowl and becomes elastic. Scrape the sides of bowl and attachment every so often during mixing (it minimizes the factor). Add cubed and cold butter and continue mixing for an additional 8 mins. Scrape the sides of bowl every so often. After that time, the dough should come off easily from the sides of the bowl. The internal temperature should read ≈77/80ºF(25/27ºC). Transfer brioche dough onto the countertop (no extra flour is needed) and shape into a tight round; place dough in a greased container, cover and let ferment for about 90 mins or until it has doubled in size. Transfer dough onto work surface (no extra flour is needed) deflate completely and shape into a tight log. Place over a frozen tray, wrap in plastic film and refrigerate overnight. The resting time in the refrigerator allows the brioche to strengthen and develop aromas.
    brioche dough and butter


  • Flour work surface and brioche. Divide dough into three 10oz/300g portions. Deflate dough and shapes into super tight rounds; refrigerate to rest 30 minutes. Roll out each brioche rounds into 6-inch/15 cm disks and refrigerate to rest for 20 mins or so. Save one brioche disk for the recipe and freeze remaining for later use. Roll out brioche into a 9-inch/23cm round and prick dough and press down the edges.
    brioche disks


  • Cover brioche loosely with plastic wrap and let proof for about 2:30 hours or until it has largely doubled in size. Gently egg wash brioche and top with some of the frozen streusel.
    proofed tropezienne


  • Bake brioche at 350ºF/180ºC for about 22 mins. If using a fan oven, cooking time shall be shortened. For better handling, the brioche should be baked a day before slicing. Refrigerate overnight.
    baked tropezienne

Orange Syrup

  • Bring to a boil all ingredients together but the flavoring. Once at room temp, add flavoring. Use syrup at room temperature.

Diplomate Cream

  • Soak gelatin in cold water to soften, and drain. Bring milk, a third of the sugar and vanilla to a boil. Meanwhile, combine yolks with sugar and starches. Temper yolk mixture with hot milk. Return mixture to the saucepan, bring to a boil and cook for 2 min whisking constantly. Remove from the heat, add the soften gelatin and mascarpone and then flavoring. Transfer custard onto a frozen baking tray lined with plastic wrap and top with another plastic sheet in contact – refrigerate for up to 2 days. Whip heavy cream to medium-firm peaks (it has to hold its shape) and transfer whipped cream to a pastry bowl and keep refrigerated. No need to clean the bowl – beat chilled custard until smooth. Fold whipped cream into the pastry cream.
    diplomate cream
  • Creme diplomate can be piped out straight over the brioche or use a tart ring. If so, seal bottom ring with a tight plastic wrap sheet (humidify the edges with a sponge). Fill tart ring with diplomate cream and freeze overnight.
    diplomate cream disk


  • Using a bread knife, slice brioche lengthwise and moisturize the top (crust side up) with the orange syrup. Flip and let rest a few minutes. Do like with the bottom brioche. Cut brioche top (crust side down) into desired portions.
    tropezienne montage
  • Place the frozen diplomate cream wheel over the bottom brioche and arrange slices in order; refrigerate. Finish cutting Tropezienne through when the filling is completely thawed wiping off knife between each cut.
    tropezienne with frozen filling
  • Dust with powdered sugar if desired.
    bruno albouze tropezienne

Strawberry Gelée

  • Give strawberries a quick and gentle wash and lay them over a tray lined with paper towels; check it to pat dry. Remove stems and puree 300g strawberries along with lemon juice. Heat up strawberry puree. Meanwhile, combine sugar and agar-agar. Add it to the strawberry mixture, bring to a boil and cool mixture on ice and refrigerate to set.
    strawberry gelée

Strawberry Compote

  • When strawberry gelée is completely set, smooth it out using an immersion blender. Cut remaining strawberries into desired sizes and fold into the gelée.
    strawberry compote

Plated Tropézienne

  • Enjoy!
    plated tropezienne


Serving: 100g | Calories: 250kcal

2 thoughts on “Tropezienne”

  1. Bruno
    This is by far one of the most delicious desserts that I’ve tried. I love the texture, and the combination of the Musulin cream is a perfect combination.
    Bravo, Chef, you did it again!!!

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