Nepalese tart on a green table with tealights surrounding

Nepali spiced fruit and nut tart

  • serves 8-10
  • Easy

Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger give this nutty tart a real festive edge. With a kick of spiced rum, it's a grown-up dessert that's perfect for Christmas

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This fruit and nut tart recipe is written by Nepalese chef Rajiv KC.

Rajiv says: “Electricity was scarce during my childhood in Nepal. We used to make this tart in a gas hob using deep pots and pans. The recipe has changed over the years, most particularly after I first discovered the joy of ovens. I had a school friend whose family owned a bread factory, supplying freshly baked bread and cakes to the local shops. Whenever I visited my friend’s place, the whole building would be covered in this intoxicating aroma of fresh bakes. This is where I first tried baking in an actual oven, with the ingredients that were available, hence the birth of this more improvised version. It has now become our family tradition to bake this tart during gatherings and at Christmas time, with variations depending on the seasonal fruit and nuts you can get your hands on.

Baking has now become a daily lifestyle for most Nepalese households, as they have the internet at their fingertips. It has been my absolute honour to share this recipe with you. I hope you all enjoy this tart with your friends and family, and it brings a smile to your faces, just like it has all these years in my family.”

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Ingredients

PASTRY

  • unsalted butter 225g, softened
  • icing sugar 4 tbsp
  • egg yolks 2
  • plain flour 350g, sifted
  • cornflour 2 tbsp, sifted

PASTRY FILLING

  • unsalted butter 80g
  • soft light brown sugar 85g
  • eggs 2
  • vanilla extract ½ tsp

  • ground cinnamon ¼ tsp

  • grated nutmeg ¼ tsp

  • plain flour 100g, sifted
  • baking powder ¼ tsp

  • spiced rum 1 tbsp (optional)

  • desiccated coconut 20g
  • crystallised ginger 20g, chopped
  • dried apricot 50g, chopped
  • dried mulberry 50g (optional)
  • dates 100g, pitted and chopped 

  • blanched almonds 50g, chopped
  • brazil nuts 50g, chopped
  • walnuts 50g, chopped

Method

  • Step 1

    For the base, combine the butter and icing sugar in a mixer and cream until light. Add the vanilla extract and egg yolks, and continue beating. Mix in all the sifted flours and ¼ tsp of fine salt, and knead lightly to form a dough. Wrap and chill for 15 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Roll the pastry on a lightly floured worksurface to 0.7cm thick. Use to line a 24cm tart tin, fixing any cracks or gaps with excess pastry as needed. Prick with a fork and line with baking paper, then add baking beans to fill. Bake for 20-25 minutes then remove the beans. Fix any cracks with left-over pastry and return to the oven for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.

  • Step 3

    For the filling, cream together the butter and sugar in a mixer until light and creamy. Gradually add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, baking powder, rum and a pinch of sea salt or Himalayan salt. Mix until well combined. Add the coconut, ginger and the rest of the dried fruits and nuts, and mix well using a wooden spoon.

  • Step 4

    Pour the mixture over the pastry, making sure it’s level. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until the filling is cooked through. Once cooled, serve with pouring cream or custard.

NEFF oven tip:

Blind bake on bottom heat at 180C for 10-12 minutes in a preheated oven.


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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 649
  • Fat 38.8g
  • Saturates 19.2g
  • Carbs 62.8g
  • Sugars 25.5g
  • Fibre 3.8g
  • Protein 10.3g
  • Salt 0.7g
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