Custard tart with feathered chocolate icing

    1 hour 10 min

    Jazz up a simple custard tart by creating a feathered effect on top with a few tablespoons of Nutella® chocolate spread or chocolate icing.

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    Serves: 6 

    • Shortcrust pastry
    • 300g plain flour
    • 150g cold butter, diced
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1/2 lemon, juiced
    • For the filling
    • 1L milk, divided
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 120g plain flour
    • 1 long strip of lemon zest
    • To decorate
    • 2 tablespoons Nutella®, softened or chocolate icing

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 


    1. Rub butter into 300g plain flour with clean fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs; mix in baking powder, 150g caster sugar, 2 egg yolks, salt and lemon juice until combined. Form dough into a ball; wrap in cling film and chill in fridge for 1 hour.
    2. Filling:

    3. Warm half of the milk in a saucepan over low heat; whisk in 4 beaten eggs, sugar, flour and remaining milk until smooth. Add strip of lemon zest and cook over very low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened; take off the heat and remove strip of lemon zest.
    4. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4; lightly grease and line a 25cm tart tin with baking paper.
    5. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface; lift onto the tart tin, pressing the pastry into the corners of the tin and trimming off any excess pastry. Prick the base with a fork and line with a circle of baking parchment; fill with baking beans and bake blind for 10 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and return the tart to the oven to cook for a further 5 minutes, or until golden brown.
    6. Allow pastry case to cool completely; pour in custard, smoothing it out until level.
    7. Spoon softened Nutella® into a piping bag with a thin nozzle; draw parallel strips across the top of the pie, about 1cm apart. Use a cocktail stick or wooden skewer to drag through the Nutella in opposite directions to create a feathered effect.

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