Friday, 11 May 2012

Jam tarts

Food Fun Friday! Jam tarts are so easy to do and the kids can really get involved.

Putting in the ingredients for the pastry.




Ready for the oven.

All ready for four hungry tums!



  • 8 oz/250g plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4oz/ 100g butter, cubed
  • 2-3 tbsp cold water
  • Strawberry or any fruit jam or lemon curd
  • A little extra butter for greasing
Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas 4. Lightly grease a 12 hole tart mould with a little butter.
         Make the Pastry
  • Place the flour, butter and salt into a large clean bowl.
  • Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, working as quickly as possible to prevent the dough becoming warm.
  • Add the water to the mixture and using a cold knife stir until the dough binds together, add more cold water a teaspoon at a time if the mixture is too dry.
  • Wrap the dough in Saran wrap/Clingfilm and chill for a minimum of 15 minutes, up to 30 minutes.

    Assemble the Tarts
  • Unwrap the pastry onto a lightly floured work surface and roll to a ¼" /0.5cm thickness. Using a tart cutter or cup, cut circles from the pastry just slightly bigger than the holes in the prepared tart mould. Gently press one disc into each hole.
  • Place a heaped teaspoon of jam or lemon curd into the pastry lined tins. Be careful not to overfill as the jam will spill out when hot and burn.
  • Repeat until all the pastry is used up - you can squish the pastry trimmings back together and reroll several times, so don't worry, just make sure you rest the pastry circles before cooking.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 mins or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely, do not eat while hot or you may burn your your mouth, the jam stays hot for a long time.

1 comment:

  1. They look so yummy!! Shame I couldn't just pop over fora cuppa & a snack!!