Recipe

Roast nectarine tart

Roasting stone fruits intensifies their flavour as well as drawing out their natural sweetness, which helps make this roast nectarine tart exceedingly delicious. Serve warm with lashings of cream.

  • 1 hr cooking
  • Serves 8
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Ingredients

Roast nectarine tart
  • 1 2/3 cup (250g) plain flour
  • 2/3 cup (110g) icing sugar mixture
  • 125 gram cold butter, chopped
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cold water
  • 1.6 kilogram small firm nectarines, halved
  • 1/2 cup (100g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) orange juice
Creme patissiere
  • 1 cup (250ml) cream
  • 1 1/2 cup (375ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthways
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup (35g) cornflour
  • 90 gram butter, chopped

Method

Roast nectarine tart
  • 1
    Process flour, sugar, butter and egg yolk until combined. Add enough water to make the ingredients cling together.
  • 2
    Knead the pastry gently on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Wrap in plastic, refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll pastry between two sheets of baking paper until large enough to line the base and sides of a 19cm x 27cm rectangular loose-based flan tin.
  • 3
    Carefully, lift pastry into the tin and press into sides. Trim edge 5mm above the edge of tin. Place flan tin on an oven tray; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 4
    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced).
  • 5
    Cover pastry with baking paper, fill with dried beans or rice. Bake in moderate oven for 10 minutes, remove paper and beans or rice. Cover edge of pastry with strips of foil to stop over-browning; bake pastry for further 10 minutes or until browned lightly. Cool.
  • 6
    Increase oven temperature to hot 220°C (200°C fan-forced).
  • 7
    Place nectarines in a large baking dish and sprinkle with sugar and juice. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the nectarines are soft.
Creme patissiere
  • 8
    In a medium pan, bring cream, milk, sugar and vanilla bean to the boil.
  • 9
    Whisk eggs in a large bowl, then whisk in sifted cornflour.
  • 10
    Gradually whisk in the hot milk mixture. Strain the mixture into the same medium pan; stir over a medium heat until the mixture boils and thickens.
  • 11
    Remove from heat and whisk in butter. Cover the surface with plastic wrap and cool to room temperature.
  • 12
    Spoon the creme patissiere into the pastry shell and refrigerate tart for about 30 minutes or until firm. Top with nectarines.

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