Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bakewell Tart…er…pudding

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.

Thank you both, Jasmine and Annemarie for this lovely challenge and for the recipe below.

This was great pastry to work with and easy to make. Next time I will make double the quantity and freeze half for a quick in the future. I've used sour cherry jam in this one but not my own this time!!!

Bakewell Tart…er…pudding:

You will need a 23cm (9”) tart pan and a rolling pin.

One quantity sweet shortcrust pastry (recipe follows)

Flour for the bench

250ml (1cup) jam, warmed for spreadability (sieved to remove any seeds)

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

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


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.


  1. Beautiful job, Corry, your tart came out picture perfect and it looks delicious! Mine was more a tart than pudding, as the frangipane set up pretty well.

  2. Beautiful tart! Can I have some...? ;) Very nice photos too.

  3. looks great-- almonds and cherries are a perfect combo!!

  4. Very pretty tart! Great job on this month’s challenge.

  5. Sour cherry jam must be my favorite and it must have made this tart extraordinarily good! It came out so pretty!

  6. That's a gorgeous tart & I love the idea of a sour cherry jam. Your platter is beautiful too. Well done on the challenge!

  7. Yum! Your tart looks amazing =D. Love the step by step photos!!

  8. Don't you just love sour cherry jam! What a great flavor choice for this tart, er, pudding. Yours looks scrumptious.

  9. Well done on the Daring Bakers challenge. I was hoping you would do it this month. Your tart looks perfect. Lovely, lovely!