For the pastry

For the lime curd

To serve

  • 750g summer berries, including small strawberries, redcurrants, raspberries and blueberries or blackberries
  • 300ml pot double cream
  • icing sugar, for dusting


  • STEP 1

    To make the pastry, tip the flour, butter and sugar into the bowl of a food processor and process until fine crumbs form. Add the egg and 1 tbsp cold water, and mix until the dough comes together. Turn out onto a sheet of cling film, wrap and chill for 20 mins.

  • STEP 2

    Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece on a lightly floured surface and line 8 individual 10cm tart tins. Set on a large baking sheet and chill again for 20 mins.

  • STEP 3

    Line the pastry cases with baking parchment (paper muffin cases are perfect) and baking beans, and bake blind for 10 mins. Remove the paper and beans, and bake for a further 10 mins until golden brown and crisp. Trim the pastry edges using a small, sharp knife.

  • STEP 4

    To make the lime curd, put the zest of 2 limes, all the juice, sugar and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and the butter is melted.

  • STEP 5

    Stir in the eggs and continue to gently cook until the mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Pour the curd carefully into the pastry cases and sprinkle with remaining lime zest. Leave to cool.

  • STEP 6

    Prepare the fruits, halving the strawberries (if necessary) and mixing everything together. Whip the cream lightly. Set a tart on each plate with a spoonful of cream and heap of fruit on the side. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2012

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