Honey & Walnut Tart

This is the first tart I ever made and it turned out so well! I got it from the National Trust cookbook and I wanted to share it – it is also made with my favourite ingredient – HONEY! It has been such a hit with friends and family that I am making my second one this week.

Ingredients

For the pastry:

175g / 6oz plain flour

85g / 3oz butter

40g / 1.5oz icing sugar

2 tbsp water

For the filling:

85g / 3oz butter

100g / 3.5oz set honey

4 medium eggs

175g / 6oz demerara sugar

100g / 3.5oz walnut pieces

100g / 3.5oz roughly chopped, toasted hazelnuts

Method:

  1. Add the flour, butter and icing sugar together and rub the butter in until it is a mixture of fine crumbs.
  2. Gradually mix in the water to make a smooth dough.
  3. Lightly knead the pastry.
  4. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface until a little bigger than 23cm / 9 inch tart tin.
  5. Butter the tart tin.
  6. Press the pastry into the tin and trim above the top (this will allow for shrinkage).
  7. Prick the base.
  8. Chill for 30 minutes.
  9. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C / gas mark 5 / 370 degrees F.
  10. Line the tart tin (which has the pastry in it) with baking paper and baking beans.
  11. Bake for 10 minutes.
  12. Remove the paper and the beans.
  13. Bake for 5 minutes.
  14. Melt the butter over a low heat.
  15. Take the melted butter off the heat and add in the honey.
  16. Beat the eggs lightly in a separate bowl.
  17. Beat the eggs into the butter mixture.
  18. Add the sugar.
  19. Mix until smooth.
  20. Sprinkle the nuts over the base of the tart case.
  21. Pour the mixture over the nuts.
  22. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the filling is set.
  23. Leave to cool.

Cut into wedges and serve with thick cream, ice cream or crème fraiche. And of course it is also perfect with a cup of tea!