Try this recipe for buckwheat tarts with rice pudding and blackberries, then check out our classic rice pudding, cardamom rice pudding and Spanish rice pudding. Also read our guide on what is buckwheat and where to buy it for advice on sourcing this ingredient.


  • 1 litre whole milk
  • 150ml double cream
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ vanilla pod, cut open lengthways 

  • ½ lemon, zested
  • 100g pudding rice
  • 20g softened butter, for the tins


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp granulated brown sugar
  • 50g unsalted butter, melted
  • 300g buckwheat flour, plus more for rolling out


  • 150g blackberries
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 sprig lemon thyme, leaves only


  • STEP 1

    Put the milk, cream and sugar into a medium pan, add the bay leaf and split vanilla pod. Bring almost to the boil and switch off the heat and leave to infuse for as long as you can (but at least 15 minutes).

  • STEP 2

    For the pastry, mix the eggs, 40ml water, ½ tsp salt, sugar and melted butter, then gradually add the buckwheat flour. Knead it over a well-floured surface until it stops being sticky, incorporating more flour until this happens. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  • STEP 3

    Strain the milk into a clean pan, add the lemon zest, a pinch of salt, and the rice. Stir thoroughly and cook over a very low heat, stirring regularly for about an hour, until the rice is cooked and you have a thick glossy sauce.

  • STEP 4

    When the pastry is chilled, roll it out as thin as possible so it will line 8 x 10-12cm individual cases. Butter the tart tins and gently mould the pastry with your hands. Add a scrunched-up piece of foil or baking paper to the cases, and fill with baking beans. Bake blind for 5 minutes, then remove the baking beans and put back into the oven to dry for 2 minutes. Spoon about 3 tbsp of the rice pudding into the cases and pop back into the oven for a further 10 minutes.

  • STEP 5

    Cook the blackberries with the sugar and a dash of water for 5 minutes in a saucepan. Add a small squeeze of lemon if the blackberries are sweet (leave this out if they are tart already) and spoon over the tarts as they come out of the oven. Sprinkle with lemon thyme to serve.

If you can’t find buckwheat flour – and can tolerate gluten – make shortcrust pastry instead.

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