Richmond Maids of Honour

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“These almond flavoured tarts were a speciality at the court of Henry VIII in Richmond Palace, where they were served to his many queens by the maids of honour. Today, Richmond is a posh suburb of London.”
18 tartlets

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F ro 200C and grease some tartlet tins.
  2. Roll out the pastry very thinly on a floured surface, and use an 8cm cutter to make rounds to line the tins.
  3. Spoon a little jam or jelly into the bottom of each pastry tin.
  4. Chill while you make the filling.
  5. Sieve the cottage cheese into a bowl and mix in the caster sugar, lemon rind and ground almonds.
  6. Beat in the eggs and brandy.
  7. Add this to the curd mixture and mix until thoroughly blended.
  8. Fill each pastry case two-thirds full with the mixture.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes until well risen and puffy.
  10. Cool slightly before serving and dust with icing sugar.

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a