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Strawberry Flummery Tart

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Strawberry flummery tart recipe - easy, tasty and nostalgic

This is a delicious strawberry tart that everyone's mother used to make when I was growing up in England.

Why was it so popular? Because it's so simple, quick to prepare and needs no cooking.

Apart from the lovely fresh strawberries, the other ingredients are from the pantry. I made this in exactly the same way my mum used to - once the preparation is completed, it just needs to be refrigerated for a couple of hours.

Do you remember this dish?

Where did the name 'flummery' come from? The word was originally used to describe a milk-based dessert in the seventeenth century. This convenience food recipe is much easier.

This is a true comfort food. It reminds us both of our childhood whenever I make this. It's tasty and thanks to the fresh fruit, is healthier than many desserts, although it tastes very self-indulgent. This tart will serve eight people if served with plenty of fresh fruit and each portion will be around 220 calories. We are greedier and have a quarter of the tart each though :)

The most calorific part of this recipe is the pie crust base. I've make this and done away with the base and simply poured the mixture and fruit into glasses. It's actually elegant enough to serve to guests that way - call it strawberry mousse and no-one will know it took only a few minutes.

Just four ingredients for this tart

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  • 1 ready-made graham pie crust. You can make your own easily but I'm all for convenience...
  • ½ packet of jello crystals
  • 1 cup Carnation evaporated milk - keep this in the fridge for about 24 hours
  • Strawberries - I used about half a dozen large ones

Prepare the jello

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JELLO

Boil the kettle so that you have some boiling water. put the half packet of jello crystals into a small bowl and add half a cup of boiling water. Stir well with a fork so that the crystals dissolve. Now add half a cup of cold water. If you have ice water, this speeds up the setting process. Mix this well and refrigerate it while you prepare the strawberries.

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Strawberries

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PREPARE THE FRUIT

Remove the green parts of the strawberries and the tough white centers. Chop into bite sized pieces. Scatter these into the ready-made pie crust.

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Milk

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WHISK THE CARNATION MILK

Pour one cup of Carnation milk into a bowl and whisk well. My mum used to use a balloon whisk so that's what I do too. You could use a rotary whisk or an immersion whisk if you prefer. With the balloon whisk, this takes about a minute. (Less if you give the job to any strong guy you might happen to have around the house).

Mix the jello and the milk

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ADD JELLO

Once the jello liquid is cool, whisk this into the milk. American jello is a much brighter pink that the English jelly I'm used to! Pour this over the strawberries in the tart and place in the fridge. The dessert will be set after about an hour or so.

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Serve the tart!

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I serve this with extra Carnation milk and more strawberries. Yum.

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Additional serving suggestions

It's funny, he was so knocked out by the fact that I'd actually made a dessert and he loved it.

So he helped himself to another slice - this time, he added raspberries...

Then, he felt that it must be tried with vanilla ice cream ... see below.That's one of the wonderful things about this simple recipe - it's extremely adaptable It's lovely to feed it to to the family and by using different accompaniments, it's easy to make it different every time you serve it.

Yes, it's an old convenience food recipe that was popular in the 1960s and 1970s but it's time it was revived!

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Further reading

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Comments

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on April 05, 2014:

@captainj88: Lovely,isn't it? And SO easy!

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on April 05, 2014:

These are delightful and has all kinds of flavor combinations. My Gram used to make this all the time -- one of my favorite light, summer desserts.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on June 25, 2013:

@stanger66: I'm pretty sure you'll love it - we do :)

stanger66 on June 25, 2013:

I must try this recipe

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on June 22, 2013:

@iwrite100: Remember to give it a try next season - it's good :)

Maribel Taleghani Asl from Philippines on June 22, 2013:

Yummy! I'd try this and thanks for sharing. Strawberry season is over now so a kilo is expensive :)

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on June 10, 2013:

@Meganhere: I hope you try it again - it's good :)

Meganhere on June 10, 2013:

I made this once when living in London. A long time ago. Thanks for the memory!

FrancesWrites on June 01, 2013:

I'll have to try this when strawberries come in season here in Australia.

FrancesWrites on June 01, 2013:

I'll have to try this when strawberries come in season here in Australia.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 31, 2013:

@LiteraryMind: Doesn't it? My mum liked to think she was 'posh' :)

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on May 31, 2013:

My mom used to make this but we just called it strawberry pie -- it's sounds much more elegant when it's called a flummery tart.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 29, 2013:

@WebMarketingPro: I know what you mean! I make this as a treat for himself if he's been good :)

WebMarketingPro on May 29, 2013:

Yumm. I bet this would taste great with Waldmeister (sweet woodruff) too. Or some other flavors... Gotta try it. And I'm definitely one of putting it directly into a big bowl. I prefer to spend the pie crust calories on more of the filling.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 29, 2013:

@Elyn MacInnis: Oh, you've made me so hungry now! You're mother's cooking sounds delicious.

Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on May 29, 2013:

I have never eaten it - not sure why! My mother always made tarts, but they required more effort. Homemade crust, berries, and a little red currant jam melted and drizzled over the top. It was good too. I wish strawberries liked me better. Sometimes I can get a rash from them... so I stick with cooked ones. Thanks for the good idea!

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 29, 2013:

@Nithya Venkat: It really is very easy and tastes so good!

Nithya Venkat aka Vellur from Dubai on May 29, 2013:

This is so easy to make and delicious! thanks for sharing.

Nithya Venkat aka Vellur from Dubai on May 29, 2013:

This is so easy to make and delicious! thanks for sharing.

Klinetka on May 16, 2013:

Looks great, I must try it

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 14, 2013:

@Ben Reed: That's so nice of you - thank you!

Ben Reed from Redcar on May 14, 2013:

Simply had to revisit more of your food lenses - so yummy.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 14, 2013:

@katiecolette: Perfect timing! I'm sure you'll enjoy it and i's so easy to make. If you have young kids, it's easy for them too. As long as an adult does the boiling water part and the cutting of the strawberries, it's very safe for children to make and you know how much they enjoy eating foods they've made themselves - especially yummy desserts :)

katiecolette on May 14, 2013:

We are getting ready to go strawberry picking this weekend, so the recipe comes very handy :)

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 12, 2013:

@vineliner57: Thank you! It's a lovely recipe and very easy- I hope you try it!

Hal Gall from Bloomington, IN on May 12, 2013:

Another great food lens. Love the pictures! We have strawberry festivals all over Indiana starting next month. This looks like a great recipe to try out.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 12, 2013:

@pickyshopper: It's so easy - I do hope you try it. You could decorate it really nicely with sliced strawberries too.

pickyshopper on May 12, 2013:

love easy-to-prepare desserts, esp. when we have a church luncheon. Thanks for the recipe.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 11, 2013:

@Elyn MacInnis: That pudding sounds delicious! Strawberries are very cheap here at the moment so I'm looking for more ideas.

Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on May 11, 2013:

Looks good - I made a fresh strawberry tapioca pudding tonight. I like tapioca because it thickens the fruit up nicely without being gooey or interfering with the flavor. Strawberry season is here - and I am glad. Thanks for the great idea.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 11, 2013:

@stephenmlr: An interesting question. We've never been able to leave it in the fridge - we're too eager to eat it :)

stephenmlr on May 11, 2013:

Looks great, I will have to try it. I wonder if you put everything back into the fridge for a while, would it become ice cream :)

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 11, 2013:

@iamraincrystal: Enjoy!

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 11, 2013:

@Erin Mellor: The colors are very vivid - tasty though!

Erin Mellor from Europe on May 11, 2013:

Mt Mom made a version with strawberries in lime jello-milk, it looked garish but tasted surprisingly good. I'd clean forgotten it.

Rosyel Sawali from Manila Philippines on May 11, 2013:

Mmmm looks yummy! ^_^ I'd like to try to make it too!

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 10, 2013:

@Jogalog: It's very nostalgic! Always takes me back to childhood :)

Jogalog on May 10, 2013:

I haven't had one of these for years. IT looks good.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 10, 2013:

@mrdata: I hope you try it - it's very easy and soooo good!

mrdata on May 10, 2013:

Thanks for all your delicious tutorial! Your tart looks delicous!

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 10, 2013:

@ismeedee: It's very easy for even young kids to make. Apart from cutting the strawberries, there's no need to a knife and no danger of burns from the oven.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 10, 2013:

@jura: And tasty :)

ismeedee on May 10, 2013:

mmm great one for the kids!!

jura on May 09, 2013:

Looks great and it is simple to make .

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 09, 2013:

@floppypoppygift1: Enjoy! I've been asked to make it again tonight :)

floppypoppygift1 on May 09, 2013:

So easy- a good one for summer potlucks, backyard bbqs & socials! Cheers~cb

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 09, 2013:

@getmoreinfo: Please do! We ate the whole pie in one sitting :)

getmoreinfo on May 09, 2013:

This looks really yummy, I will have to try it.

getmoreinfo on May 09, 2013:

This looks really yummy, I will have to try it.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 09, 2013:

@Two Crafty Paws: Lucky you, having strawberries! I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Two Crafty Paws on May 09, 2013:

Oooh... This looks delicious. And fluffy. Will have to try it as soon as our strawberries start growing.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 06, 2013:

@OhMe: It is - and so easy!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on May 06, 2013:

Oh My, my mouth was watering all the way through. This looks so good.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 05, 2013:

@anonymous: No problem :)

anonymous on May 05, 2013:

Looks great, and easy...but I would rather you make it and bring it over K????Thanks.

Jackie Jackson (author) from Fort Lauderdale on May 05, 2013:

@coralseavideo: Thank you! It's so very good and easy and fun to make.

David Edwards from Queensland Australia on May 05, 2013:

Thanks for this, I'll try making it with my girls, they love making things!

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