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Strawberry Flummery Tart

Updated on October 28, 2015
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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

If you're looking for dessert recipes that have no animal products at all, I highly recommend these splendid books.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      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.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      stanger66 4 years ago

      I must try this recipe

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      Maribel Forayo 4 years ago from Philippines

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

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

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

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

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

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      FrancesWrites 4 years ago

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

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      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.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      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!

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      WebMarketingPro 4 years ago

      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.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

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

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

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

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      Klinetka 4 years ago

      Looks great, I must try it

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

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

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @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 :)

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

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

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      pickyshopper 4 years ago

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

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      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.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      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.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      stephenmlr 4 years ago

      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 :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @iamraincrystal: Enjoy!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

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

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila Philippines

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

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

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

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      mrdata 4 years ago

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

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @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.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @jura: And tasty :)

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      mmm great one for the kids!!

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      jura 4 years ago

      Looks great and it is simple to make .

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      floppypoppygift1 4 years ago

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

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

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

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

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

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      Two Crafty Paws 4 years ago

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

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @OhMe: It is - and so easy!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: No problem :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

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

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      David Edwards 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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