Saturday, 26 September 2015
Posted by janejudy at 11:30 AM
We’ve been watching the Great British Bake Off religiously and one of our favourite weeks is pastry week. We find pastry challenging but ever so rewarding when it all comes out perfect and tastes delicious. And no soggy bottoms! Try our variation of Bakewell Tarts, perfect for afternoon tea.
We’ve been watching the Great British Bake Off religiously and one of our favourite weeks is always pastry week. Challenging but ever so rewarding when it all comes out perfect. And no soggy bottoms!
Here is the recipe to miniature Blueberry and Blackberry Bakewell Tarts, these can be made with other fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or even a mixture…you decide
For the blueberry and blackberry jam
- 75g blueberries (we used fresh, frozen is ok too)
- 75g blackberries
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
For the pastry
- 100g/3½oz butter, chilled and cubed
- 200g/7oz plain flour, sifted
- 40g/1½oz icing sugar, sifted
- 1 free-range egg, beaten
For the frangipane
- 55g/2oz butter or baking spread
- 55g/2oz caster sugar
- 1 free-range egg, beaten
- 40g/1½oz ground almonds
- 1 tbsp plain flour
For the topping
- 85g/3oz icing sugar – I used a little more to make a very thick consistency
- fresh blueberries/blackberries
- For the jam, place all the ingredients in a small saucepan and heat gently until the blueberries and blackberries start to burst. Cook for a few minutes until the mixture thickens, then remove from the heat, strain through a sieve and set aside to cool completely.
- For the pastry, rub the butter into the flour in a medium bowl until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs then stir in the sugar. Use a palette knife to cut in the beaten egg then press together to form a ball. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes.
- Grease a 12-hole muffin tin. Unwrap the pastry, place a large sheet of greaseproof paper on top and roll out the pastry to a thickness of 3mm/⅛ in. Use a 5cm/2in round cutter to cut 12 bases for the mini tarts and place one in each hole of the muffin tin. Make the sides by cutting 12 strips 1cm/½in x 18cm/7in from the remaining pastry and gently press around the sides of each hole of the muffin tin. Chill for 15 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3.
- For the frangipane, place the ingredients in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and thoroughly combined.
- Prick the bases of the pastry cases then place half a teaspoon of the jam in each. Top with the frangipane mixture and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes until the frangipane is risen and golden. Cool in the tin for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack.
- For the topping, mix the icing sugar with a little water to form a thick paste. Spread over the cooled tarts and top each with a mixture of blueberries and blackberries. We used blueberries as we ran out of blackberries