Strawberry madness

How many of you out there like strawberries? Okay, I see a fair share of hands going up. I agree, it is hard to resist these deep red beauties. I’ll also admit that I tend to get a little carried away when they’re in season – you’ll find me making bottles and bottles of jam, like they’re going out of fashion, then there’s the smoothies, flavoured yogurts, pannacottas, ice creams and the list goes on!

Just when I thought that the berries were disappearing from the market, I saw boxes of them on my way home. Being the end of season, I was able to strike a bargain and I came home with an armload of boxes, much to the husband’s amusement. I didn’t want to make jam again. I wanted something simple, chilled and a dish that didn’t require too much effort. It was also one of those days when I didn’t have too many ingredients with me so I’d to play around with what I had, that’s how this Strawberry Custard Tart was born.

The tart is really simple to put together. If you have kids at home, you can get them to help out because it is a fun recipe to make. And there’s a lot of scope for licking the bowl of custard clean, nibbling on some strawberries, which makes the process even more fun.

Strawberry custard tart

For the base
200 gms of digestive biscuits, crushed
1 tbsp of white butter, melted

Mix the two together and press it to the bottom of a pan. Place it in the fridge and let it rest for a minimum of two hours.

For the filling
3 cups of milk
2 tbsp of sugar
3 tbsp of custard powder (I used Brown & Polson)
1 tbsp of strawberry jam (I used the homemade one)

Make custard according to the instructions on the pack. When it is done, allow it to cool down for a bit and then mix in the jam. Let it cool down till it has reached room temperature, by now the custard should turn thick and be on its way to setting.

Remove the pan with the biscuit base from the fridge and then gently spread the custard over this. Allow it to chill for about three hours or until the custard has set.

For the topping
6-8 strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 tsp of icing sugar

When the custard has set, remove the pan from the fridge and arrange the slices of strawberries over it. Let it chill for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Dust the icing sugar over it just before serving.

* You can make the same recipe with any other fruit of your choice. Cherries, mangoes, peaches, etc. work really well

* If you’re feeling indulgent, top the custard with whipped cream and then place the strawberries

*If you want to make individual portions then use smaller tart moulds 

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