Alison Roman’s caramelised maple tart

Alison Roman’s caramelised maple tart

“If you’ve ever wanted a pumpkin pie without pumpkin, may I suggest this one,” says Alison Roman. “Thanks to a deep, rich maple flavour and a respectful amount of cinnamon, it feels like a good stand in if pumpkin isn’t your favourite or in season.”

Alison Roman’s caramelised maple tart

Recipe taken from Sweet Enough by Alison Roman (Hardie Grant, £28)

For another sweet fix from Alison, try her cult raspberry-ricotta cake.

  • Serves icon Serves 8
  • Time icon Hands-on time 30 min. Oven time 50-58 min

“If you’ve ever wanted a pumpkin pie without pumpkin, may I suggest this one,” says Alison Roman. “Thanks to a deep, rich maple flavour and a respectful amount of cinnamon, it feels like a good stand in if pumpkin isn’t your favourite or in season.”

Recipe taken from Sweet Enough by Alison Roman (Hardie Grant, £28)

For another sweet fix from Alison, try her cult raspberry-ricotta cake.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
507kcals
Fat
35g (21g saturated)
Protein
4.4g
Carbohydrates
44g (22g sugars)
Fibre
1g
Salt
1.2g

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 200g plain flour
  • 80g icing sugar
  • 1½ tsp sea salt flakes
  • 170g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

For the filling

  • 155g maple syrup, plus extra to serve
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 230g double cream
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 1 large free-range egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • ½ tsp sea salt flakes, plus extra to serve
  • Whipped cream to serve

Specialist kit

  • 23cm loose-bottomed tart tin or springform cake tin

 

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Method

  1. Heat the oven to 160°C fan/gas 4. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, icing sugar and salt. Using your fingers, incorporate the melted butter until you have a crumbly dough, with a texture like Play-Doh. Resist the urge to knead the dough, as you don’t want to develop any gluten – that’s when you’ll get a crust that shrinks on you.
  2. Press the dough into the tart or cake tin and use the tines of a fork or the tip of a knife to lightly prick the top all over. This allows steam to escape during baking and prevents bubbles.
  3. Bake the crust for 15-18 minutes, or until the bottom is lightly golden brown and the top goes from shiny to opaque (a tell-tale sign that it’s baked through). The crust will get baked again with the filling, so don’t worry too much about the edges being totally golden brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely but leave the oven on.
  4. To make the filling, pour the maple syrup into a small saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Cook for 8-10 minutes until it turns from pale golden brown with lots of small, furious bubbles to a dark golden brown with larger, slower bubbles. What you’re doing is evaporating the water in the syrup to concentrate the flavours and caramelise the sugars. The smell should never be wholly ‘caramel’, but more like the most intense maple syrup you’ve ever smelled.
  5. Once the maple syrup has reached the desired caramelised stage, add the cinnamon, if using. Slowly whisk in the cream in stages, letting it bubble up as you add it so the maple syrup doesn’t seize up and harden. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  6. Whisk together the egg, egg yolk, cornflour and salt in a bowl. Using a ladle or measuring jug, add around 120ml of the maple mixture to the eggs while whisking continuously. Add another 120ml, continuing to whisk, then add the remaining maple mixture, whisking until thoroughly combined.
  7. Pour the maple mixture into the cooled crust. Return it to the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the custard has set, is no longer wobbling in the centre and has a nice shiny top. Leave to cool completely before topping with whipped cream, some more maple syrup and a few salt flakes.

Nutrition

Calories
507kcals
Fat
35g (21g saturated)
Protein
4.4g
Carbohydrates
44g (22g sugars)
Fibre
1g
Salt
1.2g

delicious. tips

  1. “Boiling maple syrup until it reduces so far that it starts to caramelise may seem a bit wild, but I know you’re going to appreciate the concentrated flavour without the tooth-aching sweetness. (Reducing the syrup concentrates the flavour and sugar content, so you need less of it in the filling),” says Alison.

    “It might be a challenge to tell when it’s caramelised, given that it already starts off as an amber colour, but you will be able to smell it (the syrup begins to smell a little of caramel) and see the bubbles going from fast and furious to thick and luxuriously slow.”

  2. The tart can be made up to 5 days in advance and kept wrapped in the fridge.

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