Mandarins are small, sweet citrus fruits with thin, easily peeled skin. Native to China, mandarins have a distinctive, aromatic flavour and are a popular snack and ingredient worldwide.

Mandarin Curd Tart

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • Crust

    - 1 1/4 cups (155g) plain flour 

    - 1/3 cup (75g) vegan butter or margarine, or solid coconut oil

    - 3 tbsp (20g) icing sugar

    - 1 tbsp (15g) water, as needed


    Mandarin Filling

    - 8-10 small to medium mandarins, peeled and deseeded

    - 1 cup (240g) thick canned coconut cream

    - 1/3 cup (35g) cornflour 

    - 1/3 cup (65g) granulated sugar, or light-coloured liquid sweetener to taste

    - 1-2 tbsp lemon juice, optional for a more tart filling


    To Decorate (optional)

    - 4 small mandarins, peeled

    - 2 tbsp water

    - 1 tbsp granulated sugar

    - 1 tbsp orange or yellow jam, optional


1. Make the pastry and bake the tart shell.

2. Blend the peeled mandarins into a puree and strain to get 1 1/4 cups (300g) of mandarin juice. 

3. Add the mandarin juice and other filling ingredients to a saucepan. Cook until thickened.

4. Pour the filling into the baked tart shell and chill until set.

5. Optionally, cook some mandarin segments in a sugar syrup and use to decorate the top of the tart.

Enjoy your vegan mandarin curd tart!