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These strawberry custard tarts are the perfect balance of fresh fruit and sweet indulgence, ideal for an afternoon tea party. For an additional strawberry flavour, the custard has been infused with Twinings Mango & Strawberry fruit tea.

Serves4 People
Makes In1 hour


For The Pastry Base

Ready to Roll Shortcrust Pastry

For The Custard

Double Cream
1 tspNielsen Massey Vanilla Bean Paste
4Twinings Mango & Strawberry Tea Bags
10gBillington's Golden Caster Sugar
3Egg Yolks
1 tspCornflour

For The Toppings

Icing Sugar (For Dusting)


  • Preheat the oven 160°C fan / gas mark 4.
  • Roll out the pastry and line 4 individual 10 cm tartlet tins, trimming any excess pastry that overhangs the sides.
  • Lightly prick the base of the pastry with a fork and place in the fridge for 15 minutes to prevent shrinkage when baking.
  • Once chilled, fill the tart tins with baking paper and baking beans and bake for 10-12 minutes before removing the baking paper and bake for a further 10-12 minutes, until the base of the pastry is dry, crisp and golden in colour.
  • Leave the tarts to one side to cool.
  • To make the custard, heat the cream in a saucepan over a medium heat until it reaches boiling point, then add the teabags and steep for a few minutes (minimum required temperature 85C).
  • In a separate bowl, beat together the caster sugar, vanilla bean paste, egg yolks and cornflour until light and fluffy.
  • Squeeze the teabags to release any excess flavour and remove the tea bags from the cream. Pour half of it in with the egg mixture and blend together.
  • Add the egg mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining cream and heat gently for 1-2 minutes, continuously stirring until the custard begins to thicken.
  • Once thickened, allow the custard to cool and chill in the fridge.
  • Pipe the cooled custard into the pastry cases, top with some sliced strawberries and dust with icing sugar.
  • This recipe was created by our friends over at Baking Mad.