Blood orange tart

Blood orange tart

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Prep: 1 hr Cook: 1 hr plus 2 hrs chilling

More effort

Serves 10 - 12
This dinner party dessert is a twist on a French tarte au citron, with citrus zest in the pastry - cheat with ready-made to save time

Nutrition and extra info

  • unfilled pastry case only

Nutrition: per serving (12)

  • kcal365
  • fat18g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars26g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.4g
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Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, plus 2 yolks
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  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 200g full-fat crème fraîche
  • zest 2 blood oranges, plus 300ml juice
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  • juice 1 lemon
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  • a little icing sugar, to dust

For the pastry

  • 250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 120g cold butter, diced
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  • 100g icing sugar
  • 1 large egg, separated
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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest 2 blood oranges
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Method

  1. First, make the pastry. Put the flour, butter, icing sugar and 1/4 tsp salt in a food processor and pulse until you can’t feel any lumps of butter. Add the egg yolk, vanilla, orange zest and 2 tsp cold water, and pulse again until the pastry starts to clump together in pieces. Tip onto your surface and gently bring together into a ball. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 mins.

  2. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface to line a 23cm round tart tin, about 3cm deep. Pinch any overhanging excess back down the outside of the tin (to trim after baking), prick the base with a fork and chill for another 30 mins.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line the pastry with a big sheet of scrunched up baking parchment, then fill with baking beans or rice. Bake for 15 mins, then remove the paper and beans, and bake for another 5-15 mins until golden brown and crisp. Let the pastry cool for 5 mins, then carefully trim the excess pastry with a small, sharp knife. Beat the egg white with a fork, then brush all over the inside and cut edge of the pastry and bake for a further 2 mins – this helps keep the pastry crisp when the wet filling is added.

  4. Remove the pastry case from the oven and lower the heat to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. For the filling, whisk together the whole eggs and yolks, then sieve into a larger mixing bowl. Whisk in the caster sugar, crème fraîche, orange zest and juice, and lemon juice. Lift the pastry case back into the oven and place on the middle shelf. Using a jug, pour the filling into the tart. Bake for 35 mins until there is just a slight wobble in the centre when you tap the tin. Cool to room temperature, then chill for 1 hr. LIghtly dust with icing sugar, then serve.

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naggin
22nd Jan, 2019
1.05
Not good, I now realise you can’t cheat with a custard.. the creme fraiche just didn’t work and this was a mess, what a waste of ingredients
burbles
23rd Sep, 2017
4.05
I think I'll make this again but with more zest in the pastry and maybe some orange liquor in the filling?
tgv1902
21st Feb, 2015
I made this lovely tart, but used normal Oranges and their zest/juice. I must say that it tasted delightful, and the effort of making your own pastry makes it all worthwhile. This would enlighten any Dinner Party Dessert course!
AbyBarker
12th Feb, 2020
Hi, does anyone know if you could use double cream instead of crème fraîche? I’m assuming as long as the eggs included it will set? Also looking to do a smaller version - could I just half the ingredients? Should I adjust the cooking time? Thanks in advance
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CassieBest
12th Feb, 2020
Hi AnyBarker, We haven't tested this with double cream but I think it would work well, as you say the eggs will set the mixture. You would have to adjust the cooking time for a smaller tin, I couldn't give you timings without testing I'm afraid. Probably better to make the whole tart and give half away! I hope that helps, Cassie (Senior Food Editor, BBC Good Food)
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