Marcus Wareing's baked egg custard tart

Baked egg custard tart
  • Serves: 8
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 50 mins

Recipe courtesy of celebrity chef Marcus Wareing, for British Egg Week 2011.


  • For the pastry:
  • 225g flour, plus extra for dusting
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 150g butter
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 large British Lion egg yolk
  • 1 large British Lion egg
  • For the custard filling:
  • 9 large British Lion egg yolks
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 500ml whipping cream
  • 2 nutmegs


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3.
  2. For the pastry, rub together the flour, salt, lemon zest and butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, then beat together the egg yolk and whole egg and slowly add these, mixing until the pastry forms a ball. Wrap tightly in cling film and refrigerate for two hours.
  3. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to 2mm/ 1/8 in thickness. Use to line an 18cm/7in flan ring placed on a baking sheet. Line with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans, then bake blind for about 10 minutes or until the pastry is starting to turn golden brown. Remove the paper and beans, and allow to cool.
  4. Turn the oven down to 130C/250F/Gas 1.
  5. For the filling, bring the cream to the boil. Whisk the yolks and sugar together then add the cream and mix well. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve into a jug.
  6. Place the pastry case in the oven then pour the custard mix right to the brim. Grate the nutmeg liberally over the top then bake for 30-40 minutes or until the custard appears set but not too firm. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before serving.

*Plus chilling

Nutritional information, per serving:
Calories Carbs Protein Fat Saturates Salt
632 43.3g 8.8g 48.4g 27.7g 0.8g

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