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The Queen’s Jubilee – Bakewell Tart

Now then, this recipe is not for the beginner as it is a little more difficult to produce but well worth the effort. Ladies and Gentleman, I give you the Bakewell Tart. I am not to hot on the history this confectionary but I did manage to find out that the receipe was created in the mid 1800s in the area of the Derbyshire Dales. This recipe is not to be confused with a Cherry Bakewell (which may I add, is also very yummy!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the pastry

170g plain flour
pinch salt
75g unsalted butter

For the filling and topping

170g strawberry orraspberry jam
110g unsalted butter
110g vanilla sugar
110g ground almonds
3 eggs, plus one additional egg yolk
1 tsp almond extract
handfuls blanched flaked almonds
cream, to serve

1. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
2. Stir in enough iced water to bring the mixture together into a smooth dough. Roll the pastry out to line a 23cm tart tin and chill for 30 minutes, or until required.
3. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Spread a layer of jam generously over the tart base.
4. Melt the butter and continue to heat until it smells nutty.
5. Whisk together the sugar, ground almonds, egg yolks, egg whites and almond extract.
6. Pour in the hot butter and whisk until smooth.
7. Spoon the mixture over the jam.
8. Transfer the tart to the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, until lightly browned and just set, scattering the flaked almonds over the tart after 25 minutes so that they get a chance to brown slightly.
9. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for about 20 minutes. Serve warm with fresh cream.

 

Make sure you save a slice! If you forget, at least send me a photo over Twitter @SamfarLattay

 

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