The dinner lady was my friend!

I loved school dinners, properly loved them! I eat a varied diet now because I was (sometimes) forced to always finish what was dished up for lunch at school instead of eating the same sandwiches every day. Needless to say J will be having school dinners when he starts later this year.

The best bit of course were the puddings; sponge with chocolate sauce or pink sauce (never seen it since), semolina, bakewell tart, some kind of chocolate crunch biscuit thing and cornflake tart, with custard.

It was that last dish that I volunteered to make for our office Royal Wedding tea party – despite never having made it before or even having a recipe! Good old Google! I found several different recipes and cobbled some together to come up with this

Cornflake Jam Tart

For the pastry
8oz Plain Flour
4 oz Butter
For the filling
4 oz Golden Syrup
4 oz Butter
4 oz Sugar
6 oz Cornflakes

Rub the butter into the flour until it forms pastry and then roll out and line a flan case (or suitable dish). Bake blind in 200 degree oven for 15-20 mins. I had to look up exactly how to do this – cover pastry with baking paper then fill with dried beans/rice or similar.

At this point my scales stopped working so I may not have followed the rest of the recipe exactly…

Let pastry cool then spread your favourite (red) jam over the base. Slowly melt the syrup, sugar and butter in the microwave then mix in the cornflakes. Pour the mixture over the jam and return to the oven for a further 15mins – watch it though, don’t let the cornflakes burn!

The mixture will set as it cools. It’s best with custard but we had it without at work.

Try it – it’s lush! Let me know what you think.


  1. Oh wow! My favorite dessert at school! Although the choc sponge with pink custard was pretty good too! Living in Australia now my kids don’t have the luxury of school dinners. Making this for dessert!
    Thank you!

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