Saturday, June 27

Daring Bakers- Bakewell Tart

Man, I did this challenge so long ago (nearly a month!), but I was too lazy to even think about writing it then. So here I am, at 1 in the morning, typing it up. As a result, my lazy butt's gonna post the exact recipe from the challenge, instead of typing it up on my own, like I'd usually do. That's probably for the best anyway, as it'll turn out better :P

Mandatory blog-checking line goes here:
"The June Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar. They chose a Traditional (UK) Bakewell Tart... er... pudding that was inspired by a rich baking history dating back to the 1800's in England."

Now that all of that's out of the way, it's time for my thoughts, pictures, and the recipe, of course.

Firstly, don't cut the tart until it's cooled. If you don't wait, you make a mess, and then the slice is all ugly. (You'll see in the pictures)
Also, if you're not a huge fan of almond, I definitely suggest using a strong flavored filling, like raspberry.

Ummm, also, I'm really tired, so forgive me for this awful post. :)

Messy, cut right out of the oven :D

Raspberry jam layer


Right out of the oven, all bubbly and stuff

Messy space from immediate cut, clean space from cooled cut :P

Nice slice

"Makes one 23cm (9” tart)
Prep time: less than 10 minutes (plus time for the individual elements)
Resting time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes
Equipment needed: 23cm (9”) tart pan or pie tin (preferably with ridged edges), rolling pin

One quantity sweet shortcrust pastry (recipe follows)
Bench flour
250ml (1cup (8 US fl. oz)) jam or curd, warmed for spreadability
One quantity frangipane (recipe follows)
One handful blanched, flaked almonds

Assembling the tart
Place the chilled dough disc on a lightly floured surface. If it's overly cold, you will need to let it become acclimatised for about 15 minutes before you roll it out. Flour the rolling pin and roll the pastry to 5mm (1/4”) thickness, by rolling in one direction only (start from the centre and roll away from you), and turning the disc a quarter turn after each roll. When the pastry is to the desired size and thickness, transfer it to the tart pan, press in and trim the excess dough. Patch any holes, fissures or tears with trimmed bits. Chill in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 200C/400F.

Remove shell from freezer, spread as even a layer as you can of jam onto the pastry base. Top with frangipane, spreading to cover the entire surface of the tart. Smooth the top and pop into the oven for 30 minutes. Five minutes before the tart is done, the top will be poofy and brownish. Remove from oven and strew flaked almonds on top and return to the heat for the last five minutes of baking.

The finished tart will have a golden crust and the frangipane will be tanned, poofy and a bit spongy-looking. Remove from the oven and cool on the counter. Serve warm, with crème fraîche, whipped cream or custard sauce if you wish.

When you slice into the tart, the almond paste will be firm, but slightly squidgy and the crust should be crisp but not tough.

Sweet shortcrust pastry

Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes (minimum)
Equipment needed: bowls, box grater, cling film

225g (8oz) all purpose flour
30g (1oz) sugar
2.5ml (½ tsp) salt
110g (4oz) unsalted butter, cold (frozen is better)
2 (2) egg yolks
2.5ml (½ tsp) almond extract (optional)
15-30ml (1-2 Tbsp) cold water

Sift together flour, sugar and salt. Grate butter into the flour mixture, using the large hole-side of a box grater. Using your finger tips only, and working very quickly, rub the fat into the flour until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Set aside.

Lightly beat the egg yolks with the almond extract (if using) and quickly mix into the flour mixture. Keep mixing while dribbling in the water, only adding enough to form a cohesive and slightly sticky dough.

Form the dough into a disc, wrap in cling and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes

Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Equipment needed: bowls, hand mixer, rubber spatula

125g (4.5oz) unsalted butter, softened
125g (4.5oz) icing sugar
3 (3) eggs
2.5ml (½ tsp) almond extract
125g (4.5oz) ground almonds
30g (1oz) all purpose flour

Cream butter and sugar together for about a minute or until the mixture is primrose in colour and very fluffy. Scrape down the side of the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. The batter may appear to curdle. In the words of Douglas Adams: Don’t panic. Really. It’ll be fine. After all three are in, pour in the almond extract and mix for about another 30 seconds and scrape down the sides again. With the beaters on, spoon in the ground nuts and the flour. Mix well. The mixture will be soft, keep its slightly curdled look (mostly from the almonds) and retain its pallid yellow colour. "

You can tell I didn't write that because everything is in weights and color is spelled colour. XP (Silly Americans, changing everything :wink wink: )



  1. I sort of stuck with the basic recipe myself, but was pretty pleased with the results. However, yours looks so delicious, especially since you used a good amount of jam (I accidentally skimped). So creamy and silky, and I would dig into your pan with it using a spoon. YUM! Gorgeous job!

  2. its looks so tempting when in the pan!..beautiful! nice slice though!

  3. Dispite all the mess, your tart looks super delish :)

  4. Your tart looks delicious! :)

  5. It looks soooo delicious - I could eat straight from the pan :)

  6. Your tart looks beautiful!! The flavours sound wonderful =D.

  7. Your tart turned out wonderful! Great job on this month's challenge.

  8. Fantastic photos! Tart looks delicious ........:-)


  9. Great photos. Love that jam oozing out from the tart.