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Filo Pastry Custard Tart with Berries

Filo Tahini Custard Tarts with Saffron and Honey

Prep 25 minutesCooking 20 minutes12 people


20 minutes

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  • 400g milk
  • 140g double cream
  • Good pinch saffron
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 60g brown sugar
  • 50g Tahini
  • Pinch salt
  • 100g melted butter
  • 1 pack filo pastry – approximately 270g
  • 1 punnet of raspberries or blackberries, to serve

For the syrup

  • 100g water
  • 100g honey
  • Good pinch Saffron


  1. Combine the milk, cream and saffron in a small pan and bring up the boil, stirring frequently, then turn off and allow to infuse.
  2. Heat your oven to 180C fan/200C non-fan. Melt the butter then use to lightly brush a 12-hole muffin tin.
  3. In a bowl or jug whisk the egg yolks and sugar to form a paste, then add the milk and cream mixture in a steady stream whisking all the time. Check that the mix isn’t too hot (if it’s warm its fine) then add the Tahini and a pinch of salt and whisk again till combine and set aside.
  4. Remove the filo from the packet, cut into roughly 10 cm squares and cover with a tea towel. Build each tart case by pushing a layer of filo into the tin, brush with a little butter, then repeat with another layer with the corners are a slightly different angle, so it forms a rough star shape. Repeat so you have 4 layers of buttered filo in each tart. Give the custard another whisk, then divide between the tarts. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 150C fan/170C non-fan and bake fur a further 10 minutes. The tarts will have a light brown crust on the top should have a slight wobble. If they look very soft, bake for another 5 minutes.
  5. Once the tarts are out of the oven, make the syrup. In a small pan, combine the honey, water and saffron, bring to the boil and reduce by half – this won’t take long so keep your eye on it. Pour over the tarts whilst the syrup is still warm and allow to sink in.
  6. Allow to cool a little, then carefully remove and place on a wire rack to crisp up. To serve place a few berries on top.

Included in this Recipe

Category 1 Saffron

Category 1 Saffron

With good saffron, a little goes a long way. Just a pinch, steeped in a little hot water, gives deep colour and flavour to soups and stews.



Skilfully roasted to release a rich, nutty, balanced flavour, our Tahini is then slowly double ground to create a creamy texture and a glossy finish.