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Jul 22, 2008 04:43 PM

Double check on Nigella's Baked Summer-fruit tart?

The recipe says it needs 6 large egg yolks for its pastry, and another 8 large egg yolks for the custard, thats like..14 eggs in total, but for a fruit tart?
Similar fruit tarts require much less than that..could that be an error? It sure is not on the website.
I could be wrong, am I?

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  1. Some tart recipes don't use eggs at all - so it's difficult to say whether it's an error in the recipe or not. But 6 large eggs in the pastry does seem a bit much to my mind.
    Here's one that uses 6 egg yolks:

    1. How big is the final tart? It sounds quite excessive, but if it's large, then it begins to make sense... I make my favorite berry custard tart with about 4 yolks in the custard and two in the crust for a single crusted 9".

      also, if the custard is firm, that would explain the custard. But it does sound rather extreme, especially for the crust. Maybe it is more cake-like in texture? It sounds like that would be the result of so much yolk.

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      1. re: oryza

        the recipe calls for a high-sided 25cm flan case, still it sounds like quite alot of eggs to me, I can't bear to think of it in terms of nutritional content!

        1. re: purplishrose

          25cm is 9.8 inches, some 9 inch tarts call for 6 eggs in the or two more yolks doesn't make that much of a difference since there are more servings in the larger tart.

          I have Domestic Goddess (p. 111) and I like the looks of the tart, I agree it's not "light" in terms of fat and calories but then Nigella's recipes don't tend to be lowfat. So long as you have one reasonable size slice you're not going to have it go to your hips so to speak.

          1. re: maplesugar

            Ok I take back what I said.... if the tart serves 10 then this is the nutritional info as per

            Nutrition Facts
            Serving Size 184 g

            Amount Per Serving
            Calories 571 Calories from Fat 281
            % Daily Value*
            Total Fat 31.2g 48%
            Saturated Fat 17.7g 88%
            Cholesterol 353mg 118%
            Sodium 139mg 6%
            Total Carbohydrates 65.3g 22%
            Dietary Fiber 2.0g 8%
            Sugars 31.7g
            Protein 9.3g

            Vitamin A 22% • Vitamin C 8%
            Calcium 10% • Iron 13%

            Nutrition Grade C
            * Based on a 2000 calorie diet

      2. Where did you get the recipe? You might find it on Foodnetwork TV, or, if that is where you got it, you might try; they have her recipes also. I don't know if she has a website or not, but one might guess she does.

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        1. re: The Old Gal

 Link to the errors and corrections for Nigella's books. I took a quick look and didn't see any mention of the Summer-fruit tart however.

        2. I got it from her book, not from any other website, page 111 from the domestic goddess..
          I do agree that the custard could take up to (ouch..) 8 yolks, but 6 for the pastry alone it is quite staggering.
          Thanks for all your help tho! xx