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  • Tart Tin With Deep Sides

    Hello Nigella Team, I would really like to make Nigella's No Fuss Fruit Tart from Kitchen but the recipe states a 10-inch loose bottomed tart pan with sides that are 2 inches deep. My problem is that I cannot find pans that are that deep, the norm seems to be just over 1 inch deep. Would that still work in the recipe? If not could you please tell me where Nigella purchased her pan? Thank you

    From the nigella team:

    The loose-bottomed "continental" style tart pans do come in varying depths and 2inches/5cm deep is preferable. However if you can only find a 1 inch/2 1/2cm deep pan then this will also work for the recipe. You can make the base and sides of the tart base slightly thicker or you could discard some of the leftover crumbs but we would tend to opt for a slightly thicker base. Don't compress the crumbs too much in the pan otherwise the crust could become difficult to cut, just press enough so that the crumbs hold together. A measuring cup is a useful tool to use to press the crumbs into the pan, or you could use the base of a straight sided glass.

    In the UK the 10-inch/23cm deeper sided pans are available in John Lewis and Divertimenti - both of these stores sell on-line and can ship internationally. In the US you are most likely to find the pans in specialist baking stores. We would suggest trying Bridge Kitchenware in New York. In Australia we would suggest trying Kitchenware Direct.

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