Home

Grandmother's Tart

The British pine tree has been a source of pine nuts in cooking dating back to the Middle Ages and the Romans used pine nuts in both sweet and savoury dishes. British pine nuts, however, were very different from the modern imported ones, being of a rather pungent turpentine flavour and much smaller than the Mediterranean variety. The pine nuts we now use are invariably imported and are sweet, delicately flavoured and full of protein.
This is an adaptation of a tart which is steeped in history. In France, it is known as Tarte Grandmere, and in Italy Torta della Nonna, and in Britain it is occasionally called Grandmother's Tart.
This is a rather self-indulgent tart - rich and sweet, designed to please grandmothers and their grandchildren.

ingredients

serves 8
225 g (8 oz) rich sweet shortcrust pastry
115 g (4 oz) roasted pine nuts
115 g (4 oz) soft light brown sugar
40 g (1 1/2 oz) ground rice or plain flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
55 g (2 oz) caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 tablespoons amaretto or brandy
300 ml (1/2 pint) double cream
1 tablespoon icing sugar, to decorate

method

1. Line a deep 23 cm (9 in) tart tin with the pastry and pre-bake or bake blind.

2. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (400°F) Gas 6.

3. Spread the pine nuts over a baking sheet and place in the oven for 7 - 10 minutes, or until medium golden brown. Cool slightly, then chop the pine nuts roughly. Reserve 15 g (1/2 oz) pine nuts.

4. Mix the remaining pine nuts with the brown sugar, ground rice or flour and cinnamon and spread over the bottom of the pre-baked pastry case.

5. Lightly whisk the eggs and egg yolk with the caster sugar in a bowl, then add the vanilla, amaretto or brandy and cream and mix well. Pour into the pastry case.

6. Bake in the oven for 40 - 45 minutes or until the custard is firm, but with a little wobble in the middle. Watch that the pastry edges do not burn and cover the edges with foil strips if necessary.

7. Cool and then cover with a dusting of sifted icing sugar and place the reserved pine nuts in a small cluster in the centre of the tart.
Serve with thick or thin cream.

What did you think?

2 people have helped to review this recipe. Thankyou!

Title:
Review:
Name:
COOKITSIMPLY.COM Home
Sitemap
Contact us
Privacy
Disclaimer
Advertise with us
Glossary
Measurements
Substitutions
Temperatures

newsletter
Sign up to the newsletter for updates and new recipe ideas.
contribute
Add a recipe
Copyright © 2003 - 2010 www.cookitsimply.com - All Rights Reserved