Buckwheat tarts with rice pudding and blackberries

Buckwheat Tarts Recipe with Rice Pudding and Blackberries
  • 1 hour 30 minutes + infusing
  • makes 8
  • A little effort

*This recipe is gluten-free according to industry standards


  • whole milk 1 litre
  • double cream 150ml
  • golden caster sugar 50g
  • bay leaf 1
  • vanilla pod ½, cut open lengthways 

  • lemon ½, zested
  • pudding rice 100g
  • softened butter 20g, for the tins
  • eggs 2, beaten
  • granulated brown sugar 2 tbsp
  • unsalted butter 50g, melted
  • buckwheat flour 300g, plus more for rolling out
  • blackberries 150g
  • golden caster sugar 1 tbsp
  • lemon juice 1 tsp
  • lemon thyme 1 sprig, leaves only


  • Step 1Put the milk, cream and sugar into a medium pan, add the bay leaf and split vanilla pod. Bring almost to the boil and switch off the heat and leave to infuse for as long as you can (but at least 15 minutes).
  • Step 2For the pastry, mix the eggs, 40ml water, ½ tsp salt, sugar and melted butter, then gradually add the buckwheat flour. Knead it over a well-floured surface until it stops being sticky, incorporating more flour until this happens. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Step 3Strain the milk into a clean pan, add the lemon zest, a pinch of salt, and the rice. Stir thoroughly and cook over a very low heat, stirring regularly for about an hour, until the rice is cooked and you have a thick glossy sauce.
  • Step 4When the pastry is chilled, roll it out as thin as possible so it will line 8 x 10-12cm individual cases. Butter the tart cases and gently mould the pastry with your hands. Add a scrunched-up piece of foil or baking paper to the cases, and fill with baking beans. Bake blind for 5 minutes, then remove the baking beans and put back into the oven to dry for 2 minutes. Spoon about 3 tbsp of the rice pudding into the cases and pop back into the oven for a further 10 minutes.
  • Step 5Cook the blackberries with the sugar and a dash of water for 5 minutes in a saucepan. Add a small squeeze of lemon if the blackberries are sweet (leave this out if they are tart already) and spoon over the tarts as they come out of the oven. Sprinkle with lemon thyme to serve.Cook’s notesIf you can’t find buckwheat flour – and can tolerate gluten – make shortcrust pastry instead.

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