Greengage & vanilla tart

Greengage & vanilla tart

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins - 55 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy


Serves 8

Greengages have the perfect combination of sweetness and acidity that you need for a fruit tart, plus a great dramatic colour

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  • 375g pack dessert pastry
  • 450g greengage, halved and stoned
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 142ml pot single cream
  • icing sugar, for dusting

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  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Roll out the pastry and use to line a shallow, loose-bottomed flan tin, about 24cm across. Trim the edges of the pastry and line with baking paper and baking beans. Sit it on a baking sheet, bake for 15 mins, remove the paper and beans, then cook for 5 mins more until pale golden and biscuity. While the pastry cooks, put the greengages into a roasting tin, sprinkle with 1 tbsp sugar, then roast until just softened. Drain off any juices, then cool.
  2. Arrange the greengages in the pastry case, cut-sides up. Now reduce the oven to 160C/ fan 140C/gas 3. Lightly whisk the eggs, then whisk in the vanilla, remaining sugar and cream. Carefully pour the egg mix around the greengages, then bake for 30 mins until the custard is set.
  3. Cool the tart in the tin for 10 mins, then remove onto a plate and dust with icing sugar.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2008

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hitchij's picture

Made this with raspberries and it was delicious. I have also made it with plums and it worked well. not too sweet which is just how we like it.

lynda78's picture
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A very good tart that reminds me of the one my grandmother used to make me as a child...Delicious!!

matarazzo's picture
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Discovered Greengages in my garden and really wanted to try something new - tart turned out to be very good, I agree that perhaps a little more sugar would make it sweeter and didn't notice enough vanilla so would double quantity of vanilla.
Overall a very nice dessert and fairly easy to make!

irmgard2's picture
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I made this tart and it turned out extremely well. However, I found the plums to be quite sour. If I make this again, I will increase the amount of sugar slightly.