Manchester tart

Manchester tart is a traditional English baked tart consisting of a shortcrust pastry shell, spread with raspberry jam, covered with a custard filling and topped with flakes of coconut and a Maraschino cherry. A common variation, especially in Liverpool and Manchester itself, has a layer of thinly-sliced bananas under the custard.

Manchester tart
Region or stateManchester
Main ingredientsShortcrust pastry, raspberry jam, custard, flaked coconut, Maraschino cherry
VariationsLayer of sliced bananas, lemon-flavoured custard

The Tart was a staple on school dinner menus until the mid-1980s. The original Manchester tart is a variation on an earlier recipe, the Manchester pudding, which was first recorded by the Victorian cookery writer Mrs Beeton.[1]

Robinson's Bakers of Failsworth is Manchester's oldest bakery, established in 1864, and is advertised as 'the home of the Manchester Tart'.[2]

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