“ Brand: Duchy Originals / Type: Cake / Food quality: Organic food „
If you are looking for a delicious end to a meal with a taste of Provence, then might I suggest a tart from the Duchy range of organic desserts? This luxurious tart is made with double-cream and real lemon juice, and is encased in a melt in the mouth organic sweet pastry. I love to make my own desserts but since discovering this range I have got a bit lazy at the weekend, preferring to make more elaborate main courses and to then retire and let Prince Charles take over. You may wonder what the monarchy has to do with a lemon tart, but actually Prince Charles set up his company Duchy Originals in 1990, as being passionate about organic farming and the preservation of wildlife and the environment he wanted to turn that passion into something tangible. It has been a great success and this tart comes from his newly set up Cornish bakery. Not only has this created new jobs in what is an economically challenged area because much of the work is essentially seasonal being related to tourism, but also through the profits of the company he is able to fund many charity related tasks, not least of which is The Prince's Trust which does excellent work with young people from all walks of life. The lemon tart is a patisserie which I would select and take with me to any desert island. I bought mine in Waitrose and it was £3.99. It's a good size and the first thing I love- it fills the entire box so what you expect to see in terms of size is exactly what you extract from the box- an 8" diameter tart. The box itself is stunning. Wedges of fresh lemon, whole lemons with citrus leaves still attached, and a slice of the tart, together with the company crest and the made in Cornwall seal. The tart contains sugar, flour, and double cream, egg, glucose, milk, butter, margarine, lemon juice concentrate, maize flour, and pectin, sea salt and lemon oil. Each slice of 1/6 of the tart is 305 calories and 14g fat. It certainly serves 6 and these are generous size portions. The best way to serve it is to remove it from the fridge about ½ hour before serving as this gives it the most flavour. You can buy it ahead of time as it will keep for 4 days quite happily in the fridge. It is suggested that you serve it with fresh raspberries and clotted cream. The raspberries I have tried and they certainly make a beautiful contrast to the flavour of the tart. I am not a clotted cream lover myself, and I actually serve it with Alpro soya cream as at least this offsets a bit of the damage caused by the fat content in the tart already! The tart itself has the most delicious melt in the mouth pastry, and the filling is very lemony and sits like a blanket over the rich and decadent layer, and on top of this is a lemon glaze which gives the tart a glistening finish. It is a light desert especially if you serve it with the raspberries, but by itself it is the perfect end to a meal. It is refreshing and very special, and a real taste of France. I have to say it is as good as the one I make myself -so good in fact I'm disinclined to bother making mine again! I have noticed some more in his range too such as Bakewell and Treacle, so I don't think this will be my last purchase on the dessert front with this company. Everything in the tart is of course organic so has never seen a synthetic pesticide or a fertiliser, even more reason I will be buying this again. It's got a lot going for it, and the best thing is it looks and tastes out of this world!