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Thursday, 12 July 2012

Date Tart

Back to the versatile date again!  Rockpool restaurant served a dessert similar to this years ago. The custard is sublime and rich , but light enough to enjoy after a heavy winter meal. If you love cream brulee or custard type desserts, this is the one for you! When I am entertaining, I never serve a very big pudding at the end of a meal, as I really dislike leaving a meal and feeling like I am about to burst. There is an art to combining courses that compliment each other, in taste and size.
If you are a dessert lover, just keep it beautifully simple. This one looks very posh but is very easy!
Serve on its own or with some berries, or cream.

Careme vanilla bean sweet shortcrust pastry, or a any good sweet shortcrust 
12-14 Californian fresh dates halved with stones removed ( this may vary slightly due to date size )
7 egg yolks
80 grams caster sugar
700 mls cream
1 vanilla bean
22cm flan tin with removable base 

This step can be done in the morning if serving for dinner.
Careme pastry comes in a roll, so its quite easy to get the size to fit the flan tin.
Grease the tin well, especially up the fluted edges. Line the tin with pastry and press gently into sides of tin  letting it come a little higher up than the edge. This allows for shrinkage. You can cut and paste to fill in bits, this pastry is quite forgiving. Let rest for 30 minutes. Then you can trim back the edges. Blind bake on 180C for 20 minutes. Check the pastry after 10 minutes to see the shrinkage on the sides and if there is a problem pull out and adjust with any left over bits of pastry. You must have decent sides on the shell to take the custard.
If you haven't blind baked before, layer the pastry with a piece of baking paper and cover flat surface with uncooked rice to weight it down. This cooks the shell enough, to stop any seepage from the liquid during cooking.

Preheat oven to 180C.

Place the dates on the pastry in circles.
Cream together, the egg yolks and sugar until light and pale. Spilt the vanilla bean and scrape the contents into the mixture and mix in the cream. Pour the filling onto the date lined tart shell.
If the shell is already in place in the oven, you can fill as high as possible without having to move it.
Bake for 30 minutes until custard is just set. I serve it with frozen mixed berries, warmed in microwave.


  1. I'm going to have a date with this recipe this week! Sounds delish! Pam x

  2. How was your date Pam ? I hope a great finish to a lively evening !!! X

  3. Just made this and it was delicious! And just as good the next day, served cold, as well. I will also use the microwaved frozen berries in other dishes too. Glad i invested in the new flan dish as I will be making this one again.