Citrus and Pine Nut Tart

This festive dessert will delight your guests after dinner. Delicious served warm or cold.



175g (6 oz) butter, straight from the ‘fridge

350g (12 oz) plain flour

25g (1 oz) icing sugar

2 egg yolks

Water to mix


150g (5½ oz) butter, softened

150g (5½ oz) caster sugar

150g (5½ oz) ground almonds

Rind of 1 lemon grated

2 medium free range eggs

6 tbsp marmalade


8 glacé orange slices

25g (1 oz) pine nuts

Serves 8


1. Make the pastry by rubbing the butter into the flour and icing sugar, continue until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. 

2. Add the egg yolks and enough water to form a ball. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to fit the baking tray, if you have any left-over pastry (it depends how thick or thin you like the crust) use it for a few open top mince pies.  Place the pastry lined baking tray in the fridge.

3. For the filling, beat the butter with the sugar and stir in the ground almonds, grated lemon zest and the eggs. 

4. Spread the marmalade over the pastry base and top with the almond mixture, level the top.  Place the glacé orange slices over the top and sprinkle with the pine nuts.

5. Bake on the floor of the Roasting Oven for about 20 minutes until golden, with the cold plain shelf set on the second runners down. Turn the baking tray once after 15 minutes. (AGA City 24 owners use the floor grid).

6. Serve warm or cold with cream or crème fraiche. 

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