Nectarine tart with thyme and honey butter drizzle

When it’s too hot to turn on the oven, a no-bake recipe is the simplest route to a delectable summer dessert. And what could be better than sweet nectarines with white chocolate custard creme? Piled into a pistachio and cardamom biscuit base and drizzled with honey butter, there’s plenty of reason to get excited. It’s a celebration of peaches and cream with seasonality at its core.

Nectarine tart with thyme and honey butter drizzle

If last week’s post on cake disasters put a dampener on your baking endeavours, this recipe is for you. The room for error here is practically nil. It’s more of an assembly job, really. Taking my cue from the team over at BBC Lifestyle, the brief was to create an uncomplicated dessert that can be served after a lazy summer lunch. For me, this means less time in the kitchen. A savvy hostess knows when to turn up the ante and when to keep it simple. At the end of a busy year, I’m all for low-fuss options.

Nectarine tart with thyme and honey butter drizzle

I make the base for this nectarine tart in much the same way as a classic cheesecake crust. The addition of pistachio and cardamom hints at Middle Eastern flavours. It’s subtle but just enough to peak the palate. I love combining what would usually be a savoury element, with something sweet. The peaches are pan-roasted in honey, butter and fresh thyme. It’s herbaceously sticky and absolutely, lovely. Roasting the fruit is more about caramelisation than cooking it soft. The flavours are fresh and bright. They literally sing, each mouthful tasting like a kiss of summer. Dessert is the lingering taste after a memorable meal and should then by all accounts be, one you’d like to remember.

Nectarine tart with thyme and honey butter drizzle

Nectarine tart with thyme and honey butter drizzle

Nectarine tart with thyme and honey butter drizzle


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Nectarine tart with thyme and honey butter drizzle
Serves: 8

Biscuit Base

  • 160g coconut biscuits
  • 1/4 cup pistachio nuts, toasted
  • 5 cardamom seeds, finely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons castor sugar
  • 90g butter, melted

White chocolate custard creme

  • 250ml custard, at room temperature
  • 100g white chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 250ml double cream
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pan roasted nectarines

  • 8 nectarines, halved, pitted and sliced into segments
  • 45ml (3 tablespoons) butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 stems thyme, de-stalked

To finish

  • 1 tablespoon pistachios, roasted and roughly chopped
  1. For the base, place the biscuits, pistachios and cardamom in a processor and pulse until fine.
  2. Add the castor sugar and butter and blitz to combine.
  3. Press the biscuit mixture into a 10 x 35 cm loose-bottom tart tin. Chill until firm.
  4. For the nectarines, melt the butter and honey together in a large based pan.
  5. Place the nectarines segments in the honey butter and caramelised on both sides. Scatter with thyme and set aside to cool.
  6. For the creme, combine the custard and the melted chocolate.
  7. Whip the cream, vanilla and icing sugar together until soft peak stage.
  8. Gently fold through the custard and chocolate mixture.
  9. To assemble the tart, un-mould the base. Spoon the custard creme into the base and smooth over. Chill for 30 minutes.
  10. Pile the fruit over the creme and drizzle with remaining honey butter.
  11. Scatter with pistachios and serve.




7 Comments. Leave new

  • Christine McLaren
    27 November 2017 9:07 am

    This sounds delicious.
    I know the custard is a major ingredient but could you possibly suggest another way of making the cream component without using custard – just can’t deal with it, I won’t go into details. I have to leave it out of trifle!
    Spoils your lovely recipe but was just hoping you might be able to help.

  • I made this tart again last night but topped it with mixed berries and it was so delicious. Fortunately life is full of options, so the custard is no problem. I’d replace it with 1 cup of whipping cream. To bolster the flavour, fold through 1/3 cup lemon or fruit curd. It’s tart and slightly sweet which pairs so well with the nectarines. Hope this helps.

  • Hi , what could be added instead of fruit as a topping?

  • Hi , what could I use as a topping instead of fruit? Tx

  • Hello Jane. Because the filling is creamy and sweet, a fresh and tart contrast is best, but you could decorate the top with fresh edible flowers. There are beautiful blooms available at the moment. Hope that helps.

  • Hi there. I made this tart yesterday but the custard /cream mixture failed to set and although it tasted great, it was a mess on the plate. I used whipping cream and shop bought custard. May I ask what you used?? Thanks

  • Dianne Bibby
    7 January 2019 1:15 pm

    Hi Jackie. Sorry to hear that. The recipe does state double cream. Unfortunately the fat content of whipping cream is too low to set the filling. Double cream however, will do the job. I’ve made it several times with no problem. I use the Woolies one, here. If you make it again, please let me know how it goes. Regards Di

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