Sicilian leafy orange tart

Sicilian leafy orange tart

This smart dinner party dessert from Chelsea restaurant No. Fifty Cheyne is full of zingy flavour. If you can't find Sicilian leafy oranges then use Navel – it'll be just as delicious
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  • Serves: 10 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a food processor, pulse the flour, icing sugar and ground almonds to combine. Slowly incorporate the frozen butter, briefly pulsing until you have a breadcrumb-like texture. Once fully incorporated, add the egg and pulse until just combined. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured worksurface and form into a ball, then wrap and rest for 2 hrs.
  2. Step 2

    As the dough rests, put the orange juice in a medium pan over a low-medium heat. Simmer, reducing it to approximately 125ml, then stir in the caster sugar and orange zest. Leave to cool, then add the eggs and cream and blitz with a hand blender. Leave to rest for 1 hr in the fridge. Skim off and discard the top cloudy layer so you have a glossy orange liquid.
  3. Step 3

    Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured worksurface to a circle around 24cm wide and 0.5cm thick. Use the pastry to line a 20cm tart case. Prick the base lightly with a fork, line with baking paper and fill with baking beans. Bake for 10 mins. Remove the baking beans, turn the oven down to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and bake for a further 10 mins until the base looks dry and is a pale biscuit colour.
  4. Step 4

    Whisk together the egg and 1 tbsp of water for the egg wash and brush the inside of the pastry case. Bake for 1 min to dry out the egg wash. Repeat the egg wash step one more time. Remove the pastry from the oven, transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.
  5. Step 5

    Once the pastry has cooled to room temperature, spoon in the orange filling. Turn down the oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Bake for 45 mins or until set but with a gentle wobble in the middle. Allow the tart to cool for 2 hrs before slicing. Dust with icing sugar. If you have a kitchen blowtorch you can caramelise the icing sugar on top, if you like. Serve with a scoop of ice cream.