Gypsy tart with lemon cream

Gypsy tart with lemon cream

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Prep: 35 mins Cook: 45 mins plus 1 hr chilling


Serves 6

A Kent classic with a dark treacle filling, complemented by the light zesty cream. Sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, this is a dessert perfect for sharing with friends and family

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal898
  • fat48g
  • saturates30g
  • carbs104g
  • sugars73g
  • fibre2g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.4g
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    For the pastry

    • 140g unsalted butter



      Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

    • 100g golden caster sugar
    • 1 large egg



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

    • 250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

    For the filling

    • 410g can evaporated milk
    • 300g dark muscovado sugar

    For the cream

    • 300g double cream
    • zest 1 lemon



      Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…


    1. To make the pastry, put the butter and caster sugar in a food processor. Add the egg and whizz for 30 secs, then tip in the flour and blitz for a few secs more until the dough just comes together – be careful not to overwork it.

    2. Dust your work surface with flour, bring the dough together with your hands and lightly knead, shaping the pastry into a flat disc. Cover with cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 mins. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

    3. Roll out the pastry to £1 coin thickness and use to line a deep 23cm tart tin, then return to the fridge for 20 mins or until the pastry is hard. Line the pastry case with baking parchment, fill with baking beans and bake for 20 mins. Remove the baking beans and return to the oven for 5-10 mins until the base is golden and the sides are set.

    4. Meanwhile, make the filling. Whisk the milk and sugar together in a stand mixer (or use an electric hand whisk) until light and fluffy, about 20 mins. Pour into the pre-baked pastry case and cook for 15 mins until risen and the surface is tacky. Remove from the oven and leave to cool and set before serving.

    5. Pour the cream into a large bowl, add the lemon zest and lightly whip. Serve alongside the tart once cool.

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    20th Jan, 2019
    This recipe simply doesn’t work. I followed the instructions exactly but the filling does not set. The ingredients make too much pastry and filling so when the first did not work I had enough pastry and “cream” to make a second. Exactly the same result, completely liquid. A waste of ingredients and money, extremely disappointing.
    22nd Mar, 2018
    I have never successfully made a gypsy tart regardless of the recipe, it never sets for me. The closest I got to it was following some advice I was given, that the whisking of at least 15 mins is very important and that it is crucial that the evaporated milk is very cold, so needs to be in the fridge at least overnight beforehand. Hope this helps someone perfect it!
    22nd Feb, 2018
    Made this recipe recently as had a spare bought pastry tart case. Like the previous reviewer I think this recipe must be wrong. I used light muscovado sugar but the 15mins whisking time with the evap milk seemed extreme and then the 10mins cooking time nothing like enough as still very wet. I left it in the oven for another 10mins so that it set. It tasted nice but wasn't attractive to look at and we wonder if it was missing an ingredient like egg to help it set. My pastry case was also slightly smaller than the recipe size but I ended up with a huge amount of extra filling mix which I put in a separate dish to cook but that never did firm up even with even more cooking than the main dish. Won't be making again unless GF adjust the recipe!
    18th May, 2016
    Made this today with light muscovado sugar, and followed the recipe. However, when we went to eat it, the tart was still liquid! I do not think the time of 5-10 minutes cooking time is correct at all, because I had not made one before I did not realise and took it out to set. Will make again, but will use another recipe!
    22nd Feb, 2016
    Its that light or dark muscovado sugar ?
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