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Nectarine & Bilberry Custard Tart

Sweet tart filled with creme patisserie, topped with nectarine and bilberries
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Dessert
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12
Author thebakingexplorer


For the creme patisserie

  • 500 ml Whole milk
  • 1 Vanilla pod
  • 6 Egg yolks
  • 140 g Caster sugar
  • 45 g Cornflour

For the pastry

  • 350 g Plain flour
  • 170 g Butter
  • 2 Eggs large

For the fruit filling & glaze

  • 5 Nectarines
  • 70 g Bilberries
  • 5 tbsp Apricot Jam


  • Start by making the creme patisserie custard filling. Heat the whole milk with the seeds from a vanilla pod in a pan until it reaches boiling point. Then take it off the heat and pour it into a jug
  • Using an electric mixer whisk up the egg yolks with the caster sugar until pale and thick. Add the cornflour and mix it in, then pour the warm milk in with the mixer still going
  • Pour the mixture back into the pan and heat it at a medium-high heat whilst continously stirring. When it starts to thicken, whisk it to keep it smooth and stop any lumps
  • Sieve it required to remove any lumps, then put it in a bowl and covered it with cling film. Make sure the cling film is touching the creme patisserie so that a skin doesn't form on it. Leave it in the fridge overnight to cool
  • To make the pastry rub the butter into the plain flour until it resembles breadcrumbs
  • Add the eggs and mix to form a dough. Wrap it in cling film and chill it in the fridge for 30 minutes
  • Roll out the pastry and line a 23cm tart tin. Prick it all over with a fork
  • Line the pastry with baking paper then pour in baking beans (or dry rice if you don't have them) bake it on 180C/106C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 15 minutes
  • Remove the baking beans and baked it again for 10-15 minutes until the bottom is fully cooked and it is golden brown all over
  • When the tart case is fully cool fill it with the creme patisserie and smooth it out
  • Slice up the nectarines and arranged them in circles on top, then place the billberries in the gaps
  • To glaze the tart, warm up the apricot jam in a pan. Sieve it to remove any lumps, and use a pastry brush to generously brush it all over the tart