Maids of honour tart

Maids of Honour Tart
Type Tart
Region or state Surrey
Main ingredients Puff pastry, Cheese curds
Cookbook: Maids of Honour Tart  Media: Maids of Honour Tart

Maids of Honour tart (also known as Maids of Honour cake[1]) is a traditional English baked tart consisting of a puff pastry shell filled with cheese curds. A variation is to add jam or almonds and nutmeg.[2] Traditionally the tart was a puff pastry filled with sweetened milk curds.[3]

The tart is said to date back to King Henry VIII[4] when he witnesses some of the Queen's Maids of honour eating some cakes and demanded to taste one.[5] He found them delicious and named them after the maids. There are ideas that go even further, citing that the maid who made the tarts was imprisoned and had to produce them solely for the King.[6] However, there is another theory that they were named after Anne Boleyn, a maid of honour at the time, who made the cakes for Henry VIII.[7][1]

A tea room in Kew in Surrey, "The Original Maids of Honour", dates back to the 18th Century and was set up specifically to sell these tarts.[7][1]

Maids of honour tart at Newens

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Our History". The Original Maids of Honour. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  2. Hassall, Maurice. A Cook's Tour of England. Power Publishing. p. 243. ISBN 9963673414.
  3. "Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast". Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast. Season 1. Episode 3. 24 January 2014. Event occurs at 21:12. Channel 4. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  4. Darra Goldstein, ed. (2015). The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets. Oxford University Press. p. 809. ISBN 978-0199313396.
  5. Borich, Kathy (2003). Appetite for Murder: A Mystery Lover's Cookbook. Virtualbookworm Publishing. p. 55. ISBN 1589394992.
  6. Richardson, Bruce (1997). The Great Tea Rooms of Britain. BENJAMIN PRESS. p. 61. ISBN 1889937096.
  7. 1 2 Carrier, Rhonda (2009). Frommer's London with Kids. John Wiley & Sons. p. 122. ISBN 0470593091.

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