Farro Tart with Gariguette Strawberries and Espresso Caramel

Created by Australian multi-award winning chef, author and restaurateur, Skye Gyngell this sweet tart offers a satisfying crunch and unique texture thanks to the crisp pastry and farro.


For the Pastry

500g flour

250g unsalted butter

30g sugar

2 whole eggs

2 yolks

For the Filling

95g farro

300g milk

Zest of 1 unwaxed lemon

1 vanilla bean chopped

250g buffalo ricotta

180g caster sugar

75g candied orange peel

7 organic egg yolks

55g sugar

375ml cream

Pinch of salt

For the pastry

  1. Place the flour in a stand mixer.

  2. Add the cubed, chilled butter and sugar. Blitz quickly until the butter has broken up and then add the eggs.

  3. As soon as the pastry has come together remove from the mixer. Mould together. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge.

  4. Roll out the pastry and line the tin. Chill for a further 30 minutes, then blind bake on the Fan Plus setting at 180°C for 15 minutes.

For the filling

  1. Place the farro, milk, lemon zest and vanilla pod in a solid steam container and cook on 100°C for 40 minutes. Add the ricotta, sugar and mixed peel and stir gently to combine.

  2. Place the cream, sugar and salt in a heavy bottomed pan. Bring to the boil then remove from the heat and allow to infuse for 5 minutes. Whisk the egg yolks and slowly add the warmed cream. Pour the custard into the ricotta filling and pour into the prepared tart shell. Bake until set on 150°C (approximately 25-30 minutes).

About the Author

Skye Gyngell is a multi-award winning chef, author and restaurateur. Originally hailing from Australia, Skye started her career working at numerous culinary institutions in Sydney, before heading to Paris to complete formal training under the watchful eye of Anne Willan at La Varenne. Her experiences in London include time at The French House and The Dorchester, before becoming head chef at Petersham Nurseries Café. Here, she worked exclusively with local, seasonal produce and her dishes received raving reviews from respected food critic Terry Durrack, who compared her work to that of legendary chef Alice Walters. This phenomenal reception saw her become the Independent on Sunday’s food writer for the next five years. In October 2014, Skye opened her much-anticipated London restaurant Spring, which encompasses her signature style of cooking.

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