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Macadamia and Honey Tart


This recipe has been kindly shared by Mathew Evans, author of The Real Food Companion, and Soil – The incredible story of what keeps the earth, and us, healthy.

This rich tart can be made with a sweet shortcrust pastry base, which is first blind baked, but filo pastry adds a different dimension altogether. Cut it thinly to serve, unadorned. Serves 12.

• 12 sheets filo pastry

  • 80 g butter, melted, plus 150g butter, extra
  • 40g sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 60 ml pouring (whipping) cream
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated mandarin or orange zest
  • 250g unsalted macadamia nuts
  • 200g slivered almonds


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF/Gas 4). Grease a 27 cm (10¾ inch) round loose-based flan (tart) tin. Line the base and side of the tin with layers of filo pastry, brush each layer with a little of the melted butter before adding the next. Trim the edges.
  • Put the extra butter, sugar, honey and cream in a large saucepan over high heat then reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Add the mandarin zest and simmer for 1 minute more. Fold through the macadamia nuts and almonds and spread evenly over the prepared pastry case.
  • Bake in the oven for 25–35 minutes, or until the top is a nice caramel colour. Cool for 30 minutes in the tin before removing.
  • Store the tart in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a couple of days at most, but serve at room temperature.