Recipes from Burgundy, France: Tarte de Semoule au Cassis (Semolina Tart with Black Currants)

Recipes from Burgundy, France

Tarte de Semoule au Cassis (Semolina Tart with Black Currants)

Country: Burgundy, France
Course: Dessert
Makes: 6 to 8 servings

For the Dough:

  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp fine sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold margarine
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • pinch of salt

For the filling:

  • 1 cup semolina
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2/3 pound blackcurrant berries
  • 1 vanilla bean


  1. Blend the four, sugar, margarine, oil and salt in a bowl with your fingers until you get something that looks like fine breadcumbs. Add the water a little at a time until a crumbly dough starts to form.
  2. Roll the into a ball and dust it with a little flour. Wrap it in wax paper and chill for one hour.
  3. Mix the currants with a little bit of sugar and water and cook over high heat until they form a thick sauce.
  4. Split the vanilla bean in half and add it to the milk. Heat the milk and vanilla until it just starts to boil (take care, milk is easy to scald).
  5. Remove the bean and stir in the semolina. After the mixture has cooled for a few minutes, add the egg yolks.
  6. Beat the egg whites until you get stiff peaks, then add the sugar. Fold the egg white mixture into the semolina.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Butter a tart pan and roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Line the pan with the dough and prick all over with a fork. Return to the fridge for 10 minutes or so.
  8. Spread the currant mixture over the pastry dough, then spred the semolina topping over that. Smooth with a spatula and bake for 40 minutes or until golden.