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Gypsy Tart

Gypsy tart is an English dessert made by pouring whipped evaporated milk and muscovado sugar in to a shortcrust pastry base and baking it.


Not much is known about the exact origin of the dessert but Gypsy tart was very popular in the County of Kent, England. It was served at almost every school dinner in the Kent County and it was also served at traditional afternoon teas. Other legends state that the dish could have originated at The Isle of Sheppey in Kent which was a small island located off the South East coast of England. Another legend states that the dessert was baked by a lady for a few gypsy children who were playing near her home. The children looked very malnourished and the lady decided to make something with whatever was there in her home at the time. However, the tart became so popular that it was a regular on Kentish school menus all through the 1960s to1980s.

Ingredients and Preparation

Traditionally, a gypsy tart is prepared by whipping together evaporated milk or unsweetened condensed milk with dark brown sugar. This mixture is then poured into a readymade shortcrust pastry base or a pate sucree(sweet shortcrust pastry) and baked till done. Powdered icing sugar is drizzled over the top and the tart is usually served warm or cold.

Popular Variations

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has a personal version on her site which uses dark muscovado sugar and sweetened condensed milk fillings in a premade pastry case. Jamie Oliver has another version on his site that uses brown sugar and condensed milk with ginger. British Chef Gordon Ramsay has listed his version in his award winning book Gordon Ramsay’s Great British Pub Classics”

Nutritional Value

A single serving of Gypsy tart contains 537 calories. The total protein content is 8.5g, the total carbohydrate content is 81.5g, the total fat content is 21.9g, the saturated fat content is 13.5g, and the fiber content is 1.4g.