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Welcome to the first of a regular blog post about regional dishes from across the UK. Every so often we’ll upload pictures of our favourite foodie treats from around the UK along with a recipe for you to try at home. This week is the Lancashire favourite, Manchester Tart.
While it’s certainly more famous for its sport than cuisine (although back to the football later), Manchester is a culinary star in its own right not to mention home to one of my favourite puddings! Manchester Tart is a popular dessert combining custard and raspberry jam in a sweet pastry case and is completely delicious! Although Mrs Beeton recorded the first recipe for Manchester Tart in her Victorian cookbook, most people will remember Manchester Tart from their school days where it was a popular lunchtime treat. In our house, however, the tart has more sporting significance as it is made when Manchester United play their bitter rivals Manchester City or Liverpool. However you choose to enjoy Manchester Tart or any other regional dish for that matter, it’s a great way to get to know a new part of the UK.
Here’s a picture of Manchester Tart, enjoyed this very weekend and the recipe you’ll need to try it for yourself.
1 sheet ready-rolled shortcrust pastry
4 tablespoons raspberry jam
1 pint milk
4 tablespoons custard powder
4 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons desiccated coconut
If this has tickled your tastebuds and you’re ready to sample an authentic Manchester Tart, why not have a look at our lovely holiday cottages in Lancashire?