Scottish Border Tart

"Sweet and fruity. Reminds me of my visits to my grandmother when I was younger. She used to make this every time we visited."
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Ready In:
1 tart




  • Pre-heat oven to 190°C, 375°F.
  • Lightly grease a 7 inch Baking tin.
  • Roll out the pastry and line the baking tin.
  • Gently melt the butter and sugar together in a pan.
  • Leave to cool and then add the dried fruit, walnuts and cherries.
  • Stir in the beaten egg.
  • Place the mixture in the pastry-lined baking tin.
  • Cook in oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until pastry is lightly browned.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Mix together the icing sugar and lemon juice and spread over the tart.
  • Allow to set before serving.

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  1. Made this for Virtual Culinary Cruise: The British Isles and Ireland 2009 for the Scottish leg. My Mum makes border tart but it is not the same as this one. I really like the size of the recipe as often the ones you see are for a larger tin - I used a rectangular one. The nuts and cherries are a lovely addition and as Tea Jenny said the lemon icing is lovely on the top. The only thing I will say is watch this in the oven, mine cooked fairly quickly- maybe my oven, but safer to watch than have bitter fruit. Thanks for posting. It was a pleasure to make.
  2. Hi Fiona, I have made a similar tart to this but I think your Grandmothers is better, the one I make just has currants. The nuts and the cherries make a nice wee change. It's very sweet but sometimes you need a hit of sweetness to get you through the day. I liked the lemon juice in the icing sugar I use water this is much better. Hope to see more of your recipes on zaar. Thank you for a keeper. Made for PAC spring 2009.


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