We were out to friends again and I took a slice for dessert. They are a hard family to cook dessert for as, not only do they not have a single sweet tooth amongst them, they don't like sweet foods that are overly sweet, rich or heavy. I searched for a recipe that would fit the bill and finally came across this one. It was a big hit (thank goodness!) and kept everyone happy.
Berry Custard Tart Slice
from Super Food Ideas, January 2006
200g butter, softened
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
450g mixed fresh berries
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 3/4 cups thickened cream
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a 3cm deep, 24cm x 29.5cm (base) slab pan. Line with baking paper, leaving a 2cm overhang at both long ends.
2 Using electric beaters, cream butter and sugar until well combined. Stir in flour and coconut. Mix well.
3 Press pastry evenly over base of prepared pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden. Remove from oven. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool.
4 Make berry topping: Spoon berries over pastry base. Whisk eggs, egg yolks and 1/4 cup caster sugar in a large jug. Add cream and milk. Whisk to combine. Strain custard through a sieve (didn't have one so just poured it straight on) over the berries.
5 Bake for 30 minutes or until centre is set. Cool for 1 hour in pan. Combine nutmeg and remaining 1 tablespoon caster sugar. Sprinkle over warm slice. Lift slice out of pan. Cut into pieces and serve warm or cold.