With summer now here it’s time for cracking out the sun screen and enjoying some time outdoors! As well as the classic summer BBQ we also enjoy having a little garden party, which is where this amazing summer tart recipe from food blogger Hannah Bakes Thingscomes in! Not only does this light summer dessert make a delicious dessert but it’s also easy to make – making the ideal centre piece for your garden table setting.
Easy Summer Tart Recipe
1.Whisk the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Rub in the flour and salt until it comes together into an even dough, add a splash of water if needed.
2.Roll the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and put in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.
3.While the pastry is chilling, start making the custard. Whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract and lemon zest in a large bowl and set aside.
4.In a medium sized saucepan, mix the cornflour and sugar, then heat gently as you slowly add the milk mixture. Whisk constantly until all the milk has been added and continue to heat slowly until it thickens (about 5 minutes). It will have a few lumps from the zest but try to get it as smooth as possible.
5.Remove from the heat and stir through the chopped chocolate until it melts.
6.Grease four small tart tins (or one large one) with melted butter.
7.On a floured surface, roll out the pastry and cut into circles big enough for your tins and gently press the pastry into the cases.
8.Cover with greaseproof paper and fill the inside of the tart with baking beads or dry, uncooked rice and bake at 190c for 15 minutes.
9.Remove from the oven and fill the tarts with the custard, bake for a further 15 minutes.
10.Allow to cool completely before removing from the tins and serve with fresh berries and cream.
Your summer tart is ready to serve.
We recommend washing it down with a glass (or two) of Pimms!