Giant Portuguese Custard Fruit Tart

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This giant Portuguese custard tart was a last minute addition to the Christmas table as I had another Christmas dessert in mind that didn't work out. But really nothing pleases more people than Portuguese custard tarts let alone a giant one. Have it plain, dusted in cinnamon or with fresh fruit on top!

Giant Portuguese Custard Fruit Tart

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An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Serves: 6 people

  • 300g/10.6ozs. puff pastry
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup/165g/5.8ozs caster sugar
  • 3.5 tablespoons cornflour
  • 500mls/17.7 fl ozs. cream
  • 150mls/5flozs. milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • Fresh fruit, rose petals and chopped pistachios to decorate

Step 1 - Roll out the pastry to fit a 32x12cm/13x5inch tin until very thin. Press down into the corners and make sure that there aren't any holes. Refrigerate until needed.

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Step 2 - Place the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour in a pan and whisk together. Gradually whisk in the cream and milk until smooth. Place the pan over a medium heat and cook, until the mixture thickens and comes to the boil - do stir it so that it doesn't catch at the bottom but not not overstir or the custard will separate and you will get a buttery layer. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Transfer the custard to a bowl, cover the surface with cling film to prevent a skin forming and leave to cool.

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Step 3 - Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Spoon the custard onto the pastry. Bake for 30 minutes until the custard is golden. Cool and decorate with fruit.

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