Bakewell tart

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time80 mins
  • Serves10
  • DifficultyEasy

For the sweet pastry

225g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
Pinch of salt
150g butter
75g caster sugar
1 free-range egg yolk
1 free-range egg

For the filling

400g wild blueberry jam
5 eggs beaten
150g caster sugar
175g soft butter
140g ground almonds
75g plain flour
3 to 4 drops of almond eseence
Caster sugar & toasted almond flakes for dusting
1) Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 3.

2) For the pastry, mix together the flour and sugar, then rub together the flour, sugar, salt and butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Then beat together the egg yolk and whole egg and slowly add these, mixing until the pastry forms a ball.

3) Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to 2mm thickness. Use to line a 28cm/4cm tart ring placed on a baking sheet. When rolled and lined, rest the lined tart ring in the fridge for 20 mins.

3) For the filling, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs in 3 lots adding the ground almonds between each egg, then sift in the flour and gently fold with the almond essence.

3) Spoon the jam into the base and gently spread.

4) Fill the pastry case with the sponge filling, taking care not to let the jam come up through the filling. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 45-55 minutes or until the sponge is firm.

5) Sprinkle with sugar & toasted almonds before serving.

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