Gainsborough Tart
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Gainsborough Tart

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Serves 1 - 16 Slices

a sort of lemon-y bakewell sort of slice, perfect for pack-ups and picnics. You can use jam, lemon curd and premade pastry for a quick fix and it works just fine. Make double pastry and filling and make a lemon meringue pie at the same time.

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  • For the Pastry
  • 75g plain flour
  • 35g butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • For the filling
  • 75g sugar
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp cornflour, mixed with a little milk
  • 90ml boiling water
  • For the topping
  • 25g butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 50g sugar
  • 100g dessicated coconut
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 30cm (12") square tin


    1. Line and grease the tin, pre-heat oven to 180 degrees
    2. Pastry: rub the butter and flour together into crumbs, then add the egg to bind. Wrap in cling film and pop in the frigde.
    3. Filling: melt the sugar, lemon juice and zest in a pan on a low heat. Mix the egg yolk to the cornflour mix and add to the pan, add the boiling water and stir at a simmer until thickened. Leave to cool
    4. Topping: mix the melted butter with eggs and sugar, add the coconut and baking powder.
    5. Assembly: roll the pastry out thinly and put a layer in the bottom of your tin. No need to blind bake. Pour over the slighly cooled lemon filling and spread in an even layer. Then spread over the topping in a thin layer over the top.
    6. Bake for 30 minutes until firm and golden. Turn out gently and cut into 16 squares whilst still warm.

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21st Oct, 2013
Well, its took me over two years to get round to making this, and I cant believe it hasnt any ratings. Lovely recipe, and will now be a firm favourite. The lemon filling goes really well with the coconut topping, and so easy to put together - no blind baking the pastry first. Its a winner
7th Jun, 2011
This sounds lovely, and Im intending to make it very soon.
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