Elderflower Cream Tartlets by Valentine Warner

Here are some perfumed little tartlets perfect for the great English summer tradition of a little outside afternoon tea.

Serves 6 Prep time Bake time
Elderflower Cream Tartlets by Valentine Warner

Ingredients

Pastry:

  • 100g plain flour
  • 50g semolina flour
  • 100g salted butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • zested rind of the lemon
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Pinch of salt

For the cream filling:

  • 125ml Belvoir elderflower cordial
  • 300ml full fat double cream (not long life)
  • 30g white castor sugar
  • Freshly squeezed juice of one medium lemon
  • You will need 1 x 6 hole muffin silicone mould

Method

  1. In a large bowl combine the flours, sugars and salt with the lemon zest. Grate in the fridge cold butter
  2. Work everything together thoroughly with a wooden spoon until it forms loose dough then turn it out onto the work surface & briefly knead it into one block with your hands.
  3. Remember that the longer you work the dough, the warmth of your hands will make it overly sticky
  4. Divide the pastry into 6 parts & press it into each mould right up to edge, the pastry about the thickness of a one pound coin. Neaten up the open edges with a knife or if you like a more rustic looking tart then leave as is.
  5. Allow the chill in the fridge for one hour and preheat the oven to 150c
  6. Line each tartlet case with a scrumpled piece of baking parchment filled with ceramic beans or whatever you see fit for weighting down the pastry
  7. Bake the tarts for approx 30 minutes or until their top edges, are richly golden brown
  8. Remove them from the oven taking out the papers & beans. Lightly but carefully paint the inside of each tart case with beaten egg before returning them to the oven without the paper & beans. Cook them for a further 5 minutes or so until the bases are deep golden as well. Allow the tart cases to cool
  9. In a non stick saucepan mix the double cream with the cordial & caster sugar, bring it up to a very brief but gentle boil, add the lemon juice (it is the lemon juice that will set the boiled cream)and then simmer for 2 minutes (please do take care that it doesn’t spill).
  10. Pour mixture straight into the tart 6 cases
  11. Place the tartlets in the fridge for 4 hours or until the cream mixture has set
  12. When serving your elderflower tartlets dust the tops of each with icing sugar & accompany with fine tea, preferably outside

Cook’s Tips

If semolina flour for the pastry proves difficult to find, simply replace the 50g with plain flour so that you use 150g of plain flour instead. In addition, if making your own pastry leaves you cold an alternative serving suggestion is simply to spoon the cream filling into ramekin dishes and sprinkle shortbread biscuits on top. Delicious!