You can use other summer fruits such as sliced apricots or peaches. If you would like a warm filling, make the pastry cream after you have cooked the pastry. Use a vegetable peeler to lightly peel the rind off the lemon - leave the white pith behind.
|450 ml||Whole milk, full cream milk|
|1||Vanilla pod, split|
|1||Lemon, pared rind|
|1 cup||Caster sugar|
|100 g||Butter, softened|
|¼ cup||Caster sugar|
|1 ¾ cups||Flour|
|250 g||Blueberries (Main)|
|250 g||Raspberries (Main)|
|1||Icing sugar, for dusting|
To make the pastry cream
- Place the milk in a heavy-based saucepan with the vanilla pod and lemon rind.
- Place over a medium heat and bring to just below boiling point.
- Remove from the heat and allow the flavours to infuse. (I like to leave until the milk is almost cold).
- Remove the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds back into the milk.
- Discard lemon rind.
- In a bowl cream the egg yolks and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Sift in the flours and fold in, then whisk in the infused milk.
- Rinse out the saucepan, then return mixture to the saucepan and place over a low heat.
- Whisk or stir (or both), continuously until the cream is very thick and you have cooked out the flour taste.
- Cover the surface of the cream with baking paper to prevent a skin forming and set aside while you make the short pastry.
To make the short pastry
- Heat the oven to 150C.
- Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon until light and creamy.
- Sift in the flours and mix until the pastry comes together in a ball. This pastry has a texture similar to shortbread.
- Press pastry into an enamel shallow pie plate or tart tin, then use the back of a metal spoon to smooth it out.
- Prick the base a few times with a fork and place in the fridge to chill for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from the fridge and place in the oven to bake for 30-35 minutes until golden.
- Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
- Pile the pastry cream into the centre of the pastry and scatter the berries on top.
- Dust with icing sugar