Richmond Maids of Honour tart

Richmond Maids of Honour Tart
This Tart consists of two parts: puff pastry and a cheesecake-style mixture.
The story goes that King Henry VIII saw Queen’s Maids enjoying this treat, and so he demanded a piece. He was so impressed that he named it after her – ‘The Richmond Maids of honour tart’, and the rest as they say is history.

I was delighted to discover this recipe in an old English farmhouse cookery book and now there is no turning back! I have been baking it ever since, and so far everyone seems to love this . It is incredibly easy to bake, with the appearance of something more technical. This tart is delicious and incredibly rich, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. You will not be able to turn back either!!

250g    Flour quantity Puff pastry
300g    Cream cheese
95g      Sugar
35g      Currants
2      Lemon zest
30g      ground almond
2        Eggs
3 Ts     Brandy or rum
20g     Melted butter cooled

1. Lightly grease a tart tin or cupcake tin (12 pieces).

2. Roll the puff pastry to 2mm, and using a 7.5 cm diameter frilled cutter, cut the shape into roughly 24 pieces. Place the pastry into the lightly buttered tin ( 6cm in diameter ) and then let it rest in a fridge for 30 minutes. These form the cupcake “cups” that the mixture will sit in.

3. Mix the rest of ingredients together until smooth and then spoon the mixture into the puff pastry “cups”, baking at 190C in the middle shelf of the oven for 45-50 minutes.      Richmond Maids of Honour

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