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SAM  MANNERING - St Clements Tart

The children’s song ‘Oranges and Lemons’ originates from the custom of giving out oranges and lemons to kids at St Clement Danes Church in London, which I suppose is a reasonable explanation for why this isn’t just called yum tart. 


for the pastry:

175g plain flour

80g butter

1 egg yolk, lightly beaten

15ml orange flower water

juice of half a lemon


for the filling:

zest and juice of 2 lemons

zest and juice of 2 oranges

4 egg yolks

1 egg

100ml double cream 

125g caster sugar




Preheat oven to 180°C. 


Pour the orange and lemon juices into a saucepan, bring to the boil and let it reduce by a third, then remove from the heat and leave to cool down. 


In the meantime, sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter. Add the egg yolk, orange flower water and lemon juice, and incorporate everything in to form a dough. 


Roll out and use to line a greased 24cm tart tin, prick the bottom, then put into the fridge and chill for 20 minutes. Remove, weigh down with baking paper and dry beans or rice, and bake blind for 10 minutes. Remove the weights and bake for another 5 minutes. 


For the filling, beat together the egg yolks, egg, caster sugar and zest. Add the cream, mix well and then whisk in the cooled orange-lemon juice mixture. 


Reduce the oven heat to 160°C. 


Pour the mixture into the pastry shell. Place on a baking tray and then bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, until it has just set. Allow to cool completely before serving.