Queen Charlotte’s Tart

This unhappy Queen, wife of George III, seems to have been enthusiastic about puddings. Her tart, which is very rich and good, is less well known than Apple Charlotte.


  • ¾ lb. (360 g.) short crust pastry
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 5 oz. (150 g.) sugar
  • 5 eggs, whites and yolks separated


Grate all the peel from the oranges and lemon and mix with all the juice. Stir in 4 oz. (120 g.) of the sugar and the beaten egg yolks. Line a round flat baking tin with the pastry and pour in the mixture. Bake for 40 minutes at 300° F., gas mark 2. Meanwhile beat the egg whites with the remaining sugar till they hold a peak. Quickly pile on top of the hot tart and return to the oven for 10 minutes. The meringue should be biscuit-coloured and crisp on top but soft inside. Serve hot.