Well, take a hike cupcakes and cake pops, move over oversized meringues and make room for the Jam Tart because…
- Firstly, Jam tarts are easy to make – comprising of only 4 ingredients
- They’re cheap to make – one of the 4 ingredients is water and another could be any old jam at the back of the cupboard!
- Speedy, too – needing only 15 minutes in the oven!
- and they’re a bit magic – well not actually magic but there’s definitely something very exciting and totally delicious that occurs when jam is baked in pastry
Yes they’re simple, but some of the best things are. You really don’t need to spend all day in the kitchen to bake these and the house will get that wonderful homely smell without so much as a balloon whisk in sight.
Makes 12 small tarts
100g plain flour (plus a little extra for rolling out)
cold water to bind
Jam, marmalade or fruit curd of your choice
1) Rub the butter into the flour until the butter is well incorporated and the texture is sandy or like fresh bread crumbs
2) Mix in enough cold water to bring the mixture together to make a smooth dough which picks up all the flour in the bowl – I used about 3/4 of an espresso cup full of water…if that helps 🙂
3) Leave the dough in the fridge to rest. You can leave it in there for about 30 minutes but I don’t usually time it. Instead, I just leave it in there until I’ve preheated the oven to 180°C, cleaned and floured the surface, found my rolling pin and pastry cutters and greased a 12 hole bun tin.
4) When you’re ready, roll out the dough onto the floured surface til it’s about 2-3mm thick and cut out 12 circles.
5) Line the prepared bun tin with the pastry discs and fill each one with a level teaspoon of jam
6) Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the pastry is cooked through and the jam is bubbling (just enough time to put away the rolling pin and get the coffee on)
7) Once baked, let them cool in the tin before transferring to a wire rack to go completely cold.
If you’re still not convinced that Jam Tarts are snazzy enough for your fanciest of guests, then do go ahead and add an arty drizzle of chocolate, dusting of icing sugar, scatter a few slivers of lemon zest or use any leftover pastry to well, tart up your tarts!