Manchester tart
Manchester tart
Place of originBritain
Region or stateManchester
Created byMrs Beeton
Main ingredientsShortcrust pastry, raspberry jam, custard, flaked coconut, Maraschino cherry
Variationslemon-flavoured custard

The Manchester tart is a traditional English baked tart consisting of a shortcrust pastry shell, spread with raspberry jam, covered with a custard filling and topped with flakes of coconut and a Maraschino cherry. A common variation has a layer of thinly-sliced bananas under the custard. This is unacceptable to the purist, as bananas weren't even in England when the tart was first made.

The Manchester tart was a staple on school dinner menus until the mid-1980s. The original Manchester tart is a variation on an earlier recipe, the Manchester pudding, which was first recorded by the Victorian cookery writer Mrs Beeton.[1]

Robinson's Bakers of Failsworth advertises itself as the home of the Manchester tart.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Regional Dishes of North-West England – Virtual Encyclopaedia of Greater Manchester". Archived from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Robinsons - Manchester's oldest bakery". Archived from the original on 31 December 2019. Retrieved 14 October 2019.