School Dinner Cornflake and Jam Tart (gluten free)










This school dinner cornflake and jam tart will transport your back to your school days. Rich pastry, sweet jam and lashings of crunchy, syrupy cornflakes.


School Dinner Cornflake and Jam Tart (gluten free)


This cornflake and jam tart was first published on the Culinary Jumble in March 2016. The recipe (and images) remain unchanged. 

This simple pie was an absolute staple of canteens in the UK, especially in the 70’s and 80’s. Every child at school during those decades remember it well, most with fond nostalgia.


School Dinner Cornflake and Jam Tart (gluten free)


With a crumbly, coconut, pastry base, a liberal covering of sweet jam, and topping of crunchy, syrupy cornflakes, this school dinner cornflake and jam tart will have your floating down memory lane in no time. If you’ve never had the fortune to get this served up by your resident dinner lady, don’t that let you stop you trying it. It’s divine. And then some


School Dinner Cornflake and Jam Tart (gluten free)


I first made this nearly five years ago when I was on a fairly strict gluten free diet. Since then, as you know, I’ve moved away from totally gluten free towards spelt flour.

I haven’t made this with spelt. I would say, 99.9% of the time, you just straight swap spelt with whatever flour is in the recipe. However, the original recipe uses coconut flour and as this has rather particular properties, I would not recommend you attempting to use something else in its place. If you would like to use spelt (or regular flour), follow the recipe for my basic spelt pastry instead.

Make the recipe as simple (or complicated) as you like. Use a fancy, homemade jam like my Maple Syrup Berry Jam with Lemon and Chia Seeds. Or, if you want to be more authentic to the true dessert dished up many moons ago, simple jam straight from a jar works just as well. 

If you like the wander down memory lane with this cornflake and jam tart, check out my other sweet treats.


Cornflake and Jam Tart (gluten free)

Course Dessert
Servings 8 slices


Pastry (see note 1):

  • 100g (⅔ cup) coconut flour (see note 1)
  • 2 eggs (medium)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (see note 2)
  • 75g butter (melted)


  • 20g raw brown cane sugar (see note 2)
  • 55g (¼ cup) butter
  • 120g (¼ cup + 1 tbsp) golden syrup (or any light-coloured syrup)
  • 100g (4½ cups) cornflakes
  • 100g (3½ oz) jam



  • Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (400℉).
  • Melt the butter and allow to cool for several minutes.
  • In a food processor or large bowl, mix the flour, eggs, sugar and melted butter until a crumbly dough forms.
  • Grease a pie dish - mine was 27cm (10½").
  • Push the dough evenly into the dish (and a little up the sides) using your hands or the back of spoon. The dough is very pliable, so it should be easy to mould it into the dish.
  • Place in the fridge for around 10 minutes, just to firm up a little.
  • Bake for around 10-15 minutes, until golden at the edges, then remove and allow to cool for around five minutes.


  • While the pastry is baking, prepare the cornflake topping. Melt the sugar, butter and syrup in a pan until just slightly bubbling. Remove from the heat.
  • Gently stir in cornflakes (you want to retain their shape and not crush them).
  • Spread the jam over the pastry while it is still warm.
  • Top with the cornflake mixture, making sure it is evenly distributed and covers all the jam.
  • Return to the oven and bake for an additional 5-8 minutes, until the topping is crispy and feels "set".
  • Remove from the oven and either eat straight away (perhaps with its classic companion - custard?) or leave to cool. Enjoy!


  1. This recipe was made with coconut flour, which is naturally gluten free. If you would like a pastry using spelt or regular flour, follow the recipe instructions here. Then, just prepare the topping as per my recipe above.
  2. Use any kind of sugar you like: white, brown, coconut or granulated sweeteners. 
I have converted grams to cups/ounces/tablespoons using online converters. Although I have no reason to believe they are inaccurate, please be aware that I have not made the recipe with imperial measurements.
In addition, many ingredients are different in Europe compared to North America (and the rest of the world). I do all I can to offer possible alternatives and to ensure the best possible outcomes for everyone. However, results cannot always be guaranteed if you have not used the same ingredients, measurements or methods as me.
Lastly, I do everything I can to ensure that my recipes (and instructions) are accurate and easy to follow. However, I am human, and don't always get it right. If you notice anything strange, a mistake, or even a typo, please let me know in the comments. 





School Dinner Cornflake and Jam Tart (gluten free)School Dinner Cornflake and Jam Tart (gluten free)

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