Mandela tart

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So I decided to make a tribute to our beloved Madiba, Nelson Mandela who passed away yesterday at the ripe old age of 95; may his beautiful soul rest in peace. In his honour I invented this pretty little tart with Hobnobs biscuit as a base, groundnut candy and pomegranate compote as a filling and vanilla sauce as a topping.

You will need:

  • Hobnobs
  • Butter
  • Groundnut
  • Sugar
  • Pomegranate
  • Water
  • Egg yolks
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Corn flour
  • Mint leaves

This is a free-style recipe so there are no exact measurements; you just follow your heart.

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You crush the biscuits, add butter and mix in a frying pan to melt the butter.

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Next you mould the mixture in ramekins and chill in the fridge to set. I find that they come out better when the ramekins are layered with cling film.

Make the groundnut candy by caramelizing sugar and roasted groundnuts. Then make your pomegranate compote by boiling the pomegranate seeds in sugar and little water till it’s a wee bit thick and syrupy. Leave to cool

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Then spoon in the groundnut candy and pomegranate compote.

Lift out the tart carefully and garnish with mint leaves

Serve with vanilla sauce or more compote if you like.

For the vanilla sauce:  heat milk (say a cup and a half), sugar and vanilla until simmering. Pour this into well beaten egg yolks (say 2) while whisking to prevent curdling. Mix about a teaspoon of corn flour with little water and whisk into the mixture. Return to the heat and stir with a wooden spoon till the sauce coats the back of a spoon.

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