Rockpool Date Tart

I've been clipping recipes from magazines since I was 12 and they're squirrelled all over the place. This clipping has been in my file for a long time now as it must be at least 15 years since I last baked the tart. I read somewhere that the date tart has returned to the Rockpool menu after many years absence.

It's a simple tart in many ways but complex in others. The filling contains just a few ingredients  - eggs, sugar, cream and a vanilla bean  - but it makes for a very rich custard. If you've ever eaten custard tarts at yum cha, it's quite a similar taste. 

The date is a bit of a surprise but it really works. I also think the tart would work equally well with prunes soaked in brandy or tea.

The recipe is exceedingly generous with it's quantities. I made a 5 egg yolk custard mixture and it made sufficient filling for a long oblong tart and 4 small tarts. I'm sure a 4 egg custard mixture would be more than enough to fill a 23 cm round tart shell.

The Rockpool Date Tart  is a magnificent creation but it's not an every day dessert. It's best reserved for a special occasion.

It's a really busy week for me, so I'll do my best to post again mid week but if I don't you'll know why - too many Christmas festivities and lack of time.

Bye for now,



  1. Hi Jillian, the recipe clipping seems to have disappeared, I don't suppose you still have a copy?

    1. Unfortunately some of the images have been lost but if you click on 'clipping" the link to the recipe still works. It should take you to site. Good luck

    2. Thanks so much!


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