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Yorkshire curd tart

Sweet currants and raisins are scattered throughout a lemony custard that's baked until golden.

By Alice Storey & Emma Knowles
  • 45 mins preparation
  • 50 mins cooking plus cooling, draining, resting
  • Serves 8
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Yorkshire curd tart
Traditionally, this tart was made to use the curds left over from cheese-making. You'll need to begin it a day ahead, and the tart is best eaten the day it's made.


  • 1.25 litres milk (5 cups)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 50 gm each currants and seedless raisins
  • 60 ml apera (see note)
  • 100 gm softened butter
  • 70 gm caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp fine fresh breadcrumbs
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Sweet pastry
  • 250 gm plain flour (1⅔ cups)
  • 60 gm pure icing sugar, sieved
  • 120 gm cold butter, coarsely chopped
  • 3 egg yolks


  • 1
    Bring milk to the simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat, add lemon juice, reduce heat to low and stir slowly until curds start to form (1-2 minutes). Remove from heat, set aside to cool, carefully spoon curds into a muslin-lined sieve placed over a large bowl and refrigerate until whey drains (overnight; discard whey).
  • 2
    For sweet pastry, pulse flour, icing sugar and 1 tsp fine sea salt in a food processor to combine. Add butter, pulse until fine crumbs form, then add yolks and pulse to combine. Turn onto a work surface, bring together with the heel of your hand, form into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest (1 hour). Roll out on a lightly floured surface to a 24cm-diameter round and line a 22cm-diameter tart tin. Trim edges and refrigerate to rest (40 minutes).
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 180C. Blind bake pastry until edges are golden (10-12 minutes). Remove paper and weights and bake until base is golden and crisp (6-8 minutes). Set aside.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, combine currants, raisins and apera in a small bowl and set aside until fruit is plump (30 minutes). Beat butter and sugar in an electric mixer until pale and creamy, then add eggs one at a time, beating until incorporated. Fold in curd, currant mixture, breadcrumbs and nutmeg, spoon into pastry case and smooth top. Bake until golden (20-25 minutes), cool to room temperature and serve.


Sherry-style fortified wine made in Australia is now known as apera.

  • Author: Alice Storey & Emma Knowles