A Yorkshire curd tart is a true delicacy round these parts, just as important as Yorkshire puddings and parkin! The basic recipe is centuries old and there are lots of variations depending on personal taste. When you’re visiting the area, you have to give Yorkshire curd tart a try – many say Betty’s curd tarts are the best, but there’s lots of competition from local artisan bakers.
Unlike the modern cheesecake, the Yorkshire curd tart is made with a shortcrust pastry base with a lightly spiced filling. Plus, a proper curd tart needs to include dried fruits like raisins and sultanas.
Yorkshire curd tart recipe
If you’d like to give making a curd tart a go, take a look at this basic recipe.
Ingredients for the pastry:
225g plain flour
Pinch of salt
Ingredients for the filling:
Lemon (for peel)
Nutmeg (to taste)
You’ll first need to make your short crust pastry. Rub together butter and flour to form light breadcrumbs. Stir in a pinch of salt and some sugar if you want your pastry to be a little sweeter. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water and mix. The crumbs should pull together into a dough that you can gently knead on a floured surface.
Once you’ve made your pastry, put it aside to chill. It’s now time for the main event! Start by separating your eggs and beating your the whites until they form soft peaks.
Into a large bowl, combine your butter and sugar and beat until smooth. Mix in your curds, followed by the egg yolks and mix well. Now, add your fruits, lemon zest and nutmeg (half a tea spoon should be enough). Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the mix.
Onto a lightly floured surface, roll out your pastry to fit your tin. Place your curd mixture into your pastry case and bake. 220⁰c for 25-30 minutes should be perfect. Let your curd tart cool on a wire rack and tuck in! It’s perfect on its own, but we suggest serving it with a drizzle of cream.
Have fun trying out our basic Yorkshire curd recipe and making it your own. We’ve had some really yummy versions of this traditional pudding that have included almonds, rose water as well as cinnamon.