FRUIT TART

Yields8 Servings
Pastry
 175 g plain flour
 30 g caster sugar
 120 g butter
 1 egg
Filling
 1 ½ cans sliced peaches
 1 can peach halves
 1 can pear halves
 Grated rind of 1 lemon
 2 tbsp lemon juice
 ½ tsp ground ginger
 3 heaped tbsp peach or apricot jam
 Some strawberries to decorate
1

Prepare the pastry by putting the flour and sugar in a bowl and rubbing in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs; add the egg and mix lightly with a fork until dough just holds together; or blend flour, sugar and butter in a food processor for 10 seconds; add the egg and blend for another 15 seconds or until the dough holds together; shape into a ball, wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour

2

Meanwhile prepare the filing; drain the peaches and pears and set aside 4 peach halves and 4 pear halves; slice the remaining fruit and put into a saucepan with the drained sliced peaches; add the lemon rind, lemon juice, ground ginger and 1 tablespoon jam

3

Bring to the boil and then cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the mixture is reduced; mash the fruit whilst cooking; leave to cool

4

Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas4; roll out the pastry on a lightly floured 35cm circle of baking parchment

5

With fingertips, roll edge towards centre until round measures 25cm in diameter and the edge is 2cm high; push edge in towards the center to make 8 evenly spaced scallops; transfer to a baking tray with the paper

6

Bake for 25 minutes or until pastry is golden; cool

7

Melt remaining peach or apricot jam in a small saucepan then press through sieve

8

Spoon cooled peach and pear mixture into pastry case; cut reserved peach and pear halves into slices, taking care to maintain their shape; arrange on filling and use the strawberries to finish off

9

Brush the top of the tart and with peach or apricot glaze and transfer to a serving plate

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