Delicious Gypsy Tart

A Kentish school dinner favorite of yesteryear, surely this light and fluffy classic dessert is long overdue a revival.

Gypsy Tart

Gypsy Tart

  • Ready in 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Cooking time 40 minutes
  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Serves 10


  • 300 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 150 g unsalted butter, cubed
  • medium egg, beaten
  • 410 g tin light evaporated milk, chilled in the fridge overnight
  • 280 g dark muscovado sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C, fan 170°C, gas 5.
  2. Sift the flour into a bowl. Using your fingertips, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg and enough water (about 1–2 tbsp) to mix to a firm dough. Roll into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and leave to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry and use to line a 23cm tart tin with a depth of 3.5cm, leaving any excess overhanging the edge. Line with baking parchment, fill with baking beans or uncooked rice and bake blind in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove the beans or rice, and parchment, and bake for a further 5–10 minutes, until golden. Leave to cool, then, using a sharp knife, trim the top of the pastry case.
  4. Tip the evaporated milk and sugar into a large bowl and, using an electric hand mixer on full power, whisk together for about 8 minutes, until the mixture resembles a light coffee-coloured, creamy foam that doesn’t quite hold peaks. For the best results, don’t skimp on whisking time.
  5. Pour the mixture into the tart tin and bake for 10–15 minutes. When cooked, the filling should be lightly set with a sticky surface. Leave to set overnight in the fridge. Great with a dollop of natural yogurt or crème fraîche.