Monday, June 15, 2015

Manchester Tart

I'm so embarrassed. 

I have a million things I want to talk to you about, but my brain in overdrive right now, I can't get my thoughts together. I want to talk to you about my London trip, a funny thing that happened to me the other day, a word someone said that completely grossed me out, but I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off. 

I have my culinary school practical finals this week with the theory portion looming in its shadow, my husband is super busy covering the FIFA Women's World Cup this month, so I'm essentially a single parent (please, no disrespect to those amazing parents that do this on their own ALL THE TIME. I celebrate and salute you!), my littles have extra-curricular activities that are also winding down with recitals, swim meet finals, and soccer game championships. 

This is not a whine or whinging moment; I'm simply letting you know that I so want to talk to you, but life is taking over. However, if you bear with me, I'll make it worth your while soon enough. 

But for right now, I hope this insanely delicious Manchester Tart will hold you over. I mean, a girl's still gotta eat, right? 

Even if it is all desserts, all the time. 

We'll worry about calories another time. 



⅔ cup Stirling Creamery Unsalted Butter

½ cup granulated sugar
1½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg


1 cup seedless raspberry jam

3 ripe bananas, cut into bite-sized slices


4 large egg yolks

3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons custard powder
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

To make crust:

Preheat oven to 350F. 

In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in egg. Whisk flour and baking powder together and add into butter mixture only until incorporated. Press dough into tart pan with removable bottom. Blind bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 

Once cool, warm raspberry jam to a spreadable consistency and apply generously over the entire base of crust. Top with banana slices. A traditional Manchester Tart has been debated over whether to use bananas or not. I've had it both ways and I personally love the bananas and feel they deserve their place in this tart. I mean bananas + custard = LOVE. Once assembled, set aside. 

To make custard:

In a heat safe bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch to a thick paste; set aside. In a heavy saucepan, scald milk and heavy cream. Temper eggs by VERY SLOWLY adding milk to egg mixture while constantly stirring. Once you've poured about a half the milk into the eggs, pour the mixture in the heat safe bowl back into the saucepan and apply medium heat. Add vanilla extract and custard powder. Whisk constantly until custard gets very thick. This could take upwards of 15 minutes. It needs to be thick so it can be cut into once it solidifies.  

Pour custard over bananas and jam. Smooth over with an offset spatula and top with desiccated coconut. You can toast the coconut if you so desire. Place tart into fridge for at least 4 hours to allow custard to completely set.

Once ready to serve, slice and top with a maraschino cherry. Keep any uneaten portion of the tart covered and refrigerated. 

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13 Responses to “Manchester Tart”

  1. It's completely understandable that life gets in the way. . .but as long as you have this divine Manchester tart. . .everything is going to be A-Okay.

  2. Good luck with your finals! :) And this tart looks awesome, never heard of Manchester tart but the flavors in it sounds delicious!

  3. This is gorgeous! I love custard and this is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I need to make this this weekend. My family would flip. Can I use all custard powder?

    1. Hi Sharon! You certainly can, just know that your custard tart will have a bright yellow tinge to it due to the colouring in the powder. Be sure to modify the recipe to 5 tablespoons of custard powder and omit the cornstarch and 2 extra tablespoons of custard powder. Otherwise you'll end up with a very thick paste. Xo

  5. Just found this on Pinterest. I think I'm in love!

  6. I'm actually from Manchester but I've never had this tart - it looks amazing! I need to get in touch with my roots asap :)

  7. This looks delicious! I love the creamy tart filling :)

  8. I made this tart this past weekend and it was AMAZING! We left out the bananas because my husband thinks bananas should only ever be eaten on their own, but I think they would have been so good. New favorite go to dessert! Thank you!

  9. This looks so delicious! Love your food photography and details, really helps,
    thank you so much for sharing

  10. I made this tart for a dinner party and it is INCREDIBLE!! I've been looking for a cooked custard tart and I finally found it. loved the bananas and jam with it. It was a pretty dessert to serve too. I love your blog and I'm so with you on the drummer thing and the McDonalds, especially their fries and ice cream. Musicians totally do it for me every time. LOL.

  11. This is the first proper recipe for REAL Manchester tart iv seen!!! most don't include the banana. It's not a manchester tart if it doesn't have the banana.
    Thanks from a proper manc.x

  12. Coming from MCR in the sunny north west of England, and being of a certain age, I can remember this well we used to get it often as a "pudding" ( we don't do desserts in Manchester) as part of school dinner, always a favourite, you don't see it very often now, but there is a bakery in Fails worth that does it as a speciality