Looking for a delicious summertime dessert? Le Creuset have shared their recipe for a creamy custard tart topped with fresh juicy cherries with us, perfect for those alfresco dining moments.
150 g plain flour
20 g caster sugar
75 g salted butter
50 ml cold water
750 ml milk
125 ml cold water
4 large eggs
190 g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
60 g cornflour
15 g apricot jam
180 g cherries
100 g white chocolate
100 g dark chocolate
To make the pastry: place the flour, sugar and butter in a food processor. Blend until the butter and flour form a breadcrumb consistency.
Add the cold water and blend again until the mixture forms a dough. Remove from the processor and cover, leave to rest for 30 minutes in the fridge.
Roll out the pastry on a floured surface to an even thickness and carefully line a dish – the Heart Tart Dish works perfectly here.
To make the filling: Ensure the oven rack is in the centre of the oven and pre-heat to 180°C/ Fan 160°C/ Gas Mark 4.
Mix the milk and water together in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
Beat together the eggs, sugar, vanilla and cornflour in a large bowl until light and frothy. Add the warm milk mixture slowly and mix well.
Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook, stirring continuously until the custard is a thick pouring consistency.
Remove from the heat and set aside to cool a little. Pour the warm custard into the lined tart dish and bake for 1 hour.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Then place in the refrigerator overnight to set. Brush a layer of melted apricot jam on the top of the tart before serving.
For the decoration: top the custard tart with cherries and dust with icing sugar for a speedy finish.
For a more decorative look dip the cherries in dark and white chocolate melted gently in separate bain-maries. Place each cherry on a baking tray lined with baking paper to set before adding to the tart.
Use 250 g ready-made pastry to save time.
Decorate with other seasonal berries such as raspberries, strawberries or blueberries or chocolate curls.
Berry casserole dish
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