Canterbury Tart is one of our favourite recipes. Easy to make and delicious.
100g chilled butter, cubed
225g plain white flour
25g icing sugar, sifted
1 egg, beaten
225g caster sugar
grated rind and juice of 2 lemons
100g butter, melted.
2 large cooking apples, peeled, cored.
1 or 2 Granny Smith apples (or similar dessert variety)
25g demerara sugar
Make the pastry and put in fridge to rest for 30 minutes.
Roll out pastry on a lightly floured board. Line a flan tin 10 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 in deep, prick all over with a fork, then return to fridge.
To prepare the filling: beat the eggs, sugar, lemon rind and juice together in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the warm melted butter, then coarsely grate the cooking apples directly into the mixture and mix well
Slice the dessert apples.
Spread the lemon mixture over the pastry base of the flan. Level the surface with the back of a spoon and arrange the dessert apple slices around the outside edge, neatly overlapping. Sprinkle the apple slices with a little demorara sugar.
Bake for about 40 - 50 minutes, 180 degrees for first 10-15 mins, then turn down to 150 degrees. Centre should feel firm to the touch and the apple slices tinged brown.
Serve warm with cream or ice cream.
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David Nobbs (Reggie Perrin and A Bit of a Do) launched the conference with an inspiring and entertaining talk on the ups and downs of his writing life. He told us frankly about his failures as well as his successes, punctuated with many tips on how to avoid those mistakes ourselves. Well into his 70s he is still writing novels and clearly loving every minute.
Kate Williams, author of Becoming Queen (televised as the Young Victoria) drew the short straw by being the last speaker on Sunday afternoon. Many people had by then left in order to catch their train, which was a pity as only half the delegates were left to hear her. Nevertheless, I’m glad I didn’t miss her talk as she was an interesting and accomplished speaker. I’m now thoroughly enjoying reading this fascinating biography, which of course I got her to sign.
Would I go again to the York Festival? I will indeed. Extremely well organised by Harry Bingham, it attracts some of the top names in the business, both published and aspiring writers of all types, and even the food was good.