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Strawberry Flummery Tart: Vintage English Dessert Recipe

Originally from England, I now live in South Florida. I grew up eating strawberry flummery tarts.

Strawberry flummery tart

Strawberry flummery tart

Easy and Nostalgic Strawberry Flummery Tart recipe

This is a delicious strawberry tart that everyone's mother used to make when I was growing up in England.

Why was it so popular? Because it's so simple, quick to prepare and needs no cooking.

Apart from the lovely fresh strawberries, the other ingredients are from the pantry. I made this in exactly the same way my mum used to. Once the preparation is completed, it just needs to be refrigerated for a couple of hours.

Where Did the Name 'Flummery' Come From?

'Flummery' was originally used to describe a milk-based dessert in the 17th century. This convenience food recipe is much easier.

Comfort Food Bliss

This is a true comfort food. It reminds us both of our childhood whenever I make this. It's tasty and thanks to the fresh fruit, is healthier than many desserts, although it tastes very self-indulgent. This tart will serve eight people if served with plenty of fresh fruit and each portion will be around 220 calories. (We are greedier, and have a quarter of the tart each, though.)

The most calorific part of this recipe is the pie crust base. I've made this and done away with the base and simply poured the mixture and fruit into glasses. It's actually elegant enough to serve to guests that way—call it strawberry mousse and no one will know it took only a few minutes.

This tart requires just four ingredients

This tart requires just four ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 ready-made graham pie crust (you can make your own easily but I'm all for convenience)
  • ½ packet jello crystals
  • 1 cup Carnation evaporated milk, cold
  • 6 large strawberries
Prepare the jello

Prepare the jello

Step 1: Prepare the Jello

Boil the kettle so that you have some boiling water. put the half packet of jello crystals into a small bowl and add half a cup of boiling water. Stir well with a fork so that the crystals dissolve. Now add half a cup of cold water. If you have ice water, this speeds up the setting process. Mix this well and refrigerate it while you prepare the strawberries.

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Strawberries

Strawberries

Step 2: Prepare the Strawberries

Remove the green parts of the strawberries and the tough white centers. Chop into bite-sized pieces. Scatter these into the ready-made pie crust.

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Scatter the strawberries into the ready-made pie crust.

Scatter the strawberries into the ready-made pie crust.

Milk

Milk

Step 3: Whisk the Milk

Pour one cup of Carnation milk into a bowl and whisk well. My mum used to use a balloon whisk so that's what I do too. You could use a rotary whisk or an immersion whisk if you prefer. With the balloon whisk, this takes about a minute. (Less if you give the job to any strong guy you might happen to have around the house.)

Mix the jello and the milk

Mix the jello and the milk

Step 4: Combine the Jello and Milk

Once the jello liquid is cool, whisk this into the milk. American jello is a much brighter pink than the English jelly I'm used to! Pour this over the strawberries in the tart and place in the fridge. The dessert will be set after about an hour or so.

Pour the jello-milk mixture over the strawberries in the tart and place in the fridge.

Pour the jello-milk mixture over the strawberries in the tart and place in the fridge.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy!

I serve this with extra Carnation milk and more strawberries. Yum.

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Additional Serving Suggestions

It's funny, he was so knocked out by the fact that I'd actually made a dessert and he loved it.

So he helped himself to another slice. This time, he added raspberries...

Then, he felt that it must be tried with vanilla ice cream (see below). That's one of the wonderful things about this simple recipe; it's extremely adaptable It's lovely to feed it to the family and by using different accompaniments, it's easy to make it different every time you serve it.

Yes, it's an old convenience food recipe that was popular in the 1960s and '70s but it's time it was revived!

Strawberry flummery tart with vanilla ice cream

Strawberry flummery tart with vanilla ice cream

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