Semolina Tart

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Rhodes Around Britain

By Gary Rhodes

Published 1994

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We’ve all eaten semolina pudding with jam, which probably often tasted like glue. This semolina recipe is very different and finishes with a texture similar to a baked cheesecake, with a slightly different taste.



    Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4 and grease a 20 cm (8 in) flan tin or flan ring on a baking sheet.

    Roll out the pastry and use to line the flan tin or ring. Line the pastry with greaseproof paper, fill with baking beans and bake blind in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the beans and paper, trim round the top of the ring and leave to cool.

    To make the filling, mix the milk, cream, sugar and butter in a pan and bring to the boil. Gradually whisk in the polenta and semolina, lemon zest and juice and salt, being careful to avoid any lumps. Transfer to a bowl and sit the bowl over a pan of hot water. Cook the mix for 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mix is very thick. Stir in the sultanas and rum. If the mix is too thick and slightly stodgy then simply thin down with a little more milk or cream. Pour the mix into the flan case, cover with buttered greaseproof paper to prevent a skin forming and leave to cool. The flan should not be turned out until completely set.

    This eats very well on its own or with cream. As an alternative, some apple wedges cooked in butter and sugar can be placed on top, sprinkled with icing sugar and glazed under a hot grill.