This classic Scandinavian tart is famous around the world thanks to IKEA!  Many of you know this lovely dessert as the Ikea tart. Yes, this is the homemade version of the yellow  almond tart you have after your meatballs. Enjoy!


I’m not sure whether this tart is Norwegian or Swedish, but in Norway, we call it the Success Tart, simply because it is always ... well ... a success. I make mine with salted almonds to give the tart an extra little kick.

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SERVES 8

You will need:
4 large eggs, whites and yolks separated
5 ounces coarsely ground almonds, skin on
5 ounces powdered sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 ounces granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 ounces butter
1/4 cup chopped almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a 9-inch cake tin.
  3. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
  4. In a bowl, mix almonds and powdered sugar, and fold the mixture gently into the egg whites.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin, and bake for 35–40 minutes or until golden.
  6. The crust will blow up and look really impressive but fall as soon as it comes out of the oven. Don't worry, that’s what it’s supposed to do.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.
  8. In a medium saucepan, mix cream, granulated sugar, vanilla, and egg yolks.
  9. Bring to just under a simmer, beating constantly until the mixture thickens, 8–10 minutes. Don't let it boil or you will end up with something that looks like scramble eggs.
  10. Add the butter a little at a time, stirring until it melts into the custard.
  11. Cool the custard in the fridge for 1 hour before you spread it all over the crust.
  12. Finish with chopped almonds and serve.

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This classic Scandinavian tart is famous around the world thanks to IKEA!  Many of you know this lovely dessert as the Ikea tart. Yes, this is the homemade version of the yellow  almond tart you have after your meatballs. Enjoy!
Photography by Paul Lowe

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