Greengage & vanilla tart

Greengage & vanilla tart

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins - 55 mins

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Serves 8
Greengages have the perfect combination of sweetness and acidity that you need for a fruit tart, plus a great dramatic colour

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal327
  • fat20g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars18g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 375g pack dessert pastry
  • 450g greengage, halved and stoned
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs



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  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 142ml pot single cream



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  • icing sugar, for dusting


  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.

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30th Jul, 2017
Disappointing recipe. I made this yesterday and followed the directions exactly and the filling was like scrambled eggs. This recipe needs more precise instructions. Also my greengages were prob a bit ripe and sweet - "roasting" them as the recipe instructed made them tart and sloppy. Def not again!
6th Sep, 2012
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.
1st Oct, 2011
A very good tart that reminds me of the one my grandmother used to make me as a child...Delicious!!
18th Aug, 2011
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!
26th Sep, 2008
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.
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