Nigel Barden Lemon Tart Recipe on BBC Radio 2 Drivetime

Nigel Barden serves up a delicious lemon tart based on Jason Atherton recipe in from his book Social Sweets – available at Amazon, on BBC Radio 2 Drivetime with Simon Meyo.

The ingredients for the sweet pastry are: 100g unsalted butter, softened, 50g icing sugar, sifted, 50g caster sugar, 250g plain flour and 1 large egg, lightly beaten.

For the tart: 225g Sweet Pastry (half the quantity above), 195g caster sugar, 5 medium eggs, finely grated zest and juice of 3 large lemons, 250ml double cream and sifted icing sugar, for dusting (optional).

Nigel’s Top Tips: The recipe makes for 550g of sweet pastry which is twice as much as you actually need for this tart, but don’t worry as it takes kindly to being frozen.

With a deeper tart like this, half fill the pastry shell and then move it to the oven tray before pouring in the other half, to avoid mishaps such as spillage.