For the pastry

280g gluten free plain flour

175g cold unsalted lactose free butter, cut into cubes

75g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting

2 egg yolks, lightly beaten

For the filling

1l full-fat lactose free milk

1 vanilla pod, split

8 large egg yolks

250g golden caster sugar

85g gluten free plain flour

100g lactose free cream cheese

zest 2 oranges

200g bar lactose free dark chocolate, grated

75g pine nuts

Serves - 6


To make the pastry, put the gluten free flour, lactose free butter and icing sugar in a food processor and pulse until it resembles breadcrumbs.

With the motor running, slowly add the egg yolks. If the mixture looks too dry, drizzle in 1-2 tbsp cold water.

Tip it out onto your work surface and gently knead together. Flatten the gluten free  pastry into a disc, wrap in cling film and chill for 20 mins.

Meanwhile, make the filling. Pour the lactose free milk into a saucepan. Scrape the vanilla seeds from the split pod into the lactose free milk and add the pod as well.

Heat the lactose free milk over a medium heat until it just starts to bubble around the edges. Remove from the heat and leave to cool a little.

Beat the egg yolks, sugar and gluten free flour together with an electric whisk for 5-10 mins until pale and mousse-like. Remove the vanilla pod from the cooled lactose free milk and steadily pour over the beaten egg yolks, whisking constantly.

Pour the custard mixture into a clean saucepan. Heat over a medium-low heat, whisking all of the time. Cook the custard for 10 mins, still whisking, until it is very thick.

Remove from the heat and push through a sieve into a wide dish. Cover the surface with cling film to prevent the custard from forming a skin. Set aside to cool while you prepare the pastry case.

Roll out the gluten free pastry between 2 pieces of baking parchment to line a 24cm loose bottomed, fluted tart tin. Cover with cling film and chill for 30 mins. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.

Line the tart case with foil or baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Bake in the oven for 15 mins.

Carefully remove the baking beans and foil, then return to the oven for 5-10 mins until the pastry is golden brown. Leave to cool in the tin on a wire rack while you finish the filling.

Reduce oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Gently beat the custard with the lactose free cream cheese, orange zest and grated lactose free chocolate until just combined, and spread evenly in the tart shell.

Sprinkle over the pine nuts and bake for 35-40 mins – the filling will still be quite wobbly but it will firm up as it cools. Chill for at least 3 hrs, or overnight. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

Recipe adapted from: Good Food
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