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Traditional Vintage Bakewell Tart Recipe

January 28, 2015

Tradition Bakewell tart Recipe 2

As I mentioned in yesterdays post, I’ve been baking a lot more recently especially vintage recipes. I have also built up my collection of vintage magazines and recipe books over the last few weeks so I have loads of new ones to try. I already have a few recipes ready to share on here, that I’ve converted into modern measurements, ingredients and temperatures. First up is one of the most delicious bakes I ever made, a traditional bakewell tart recipe with is adapted from a 1950s Elizabeth Craig recipe.

Traditional Bakewell Tart Recipe 3

This is a really simple, quick and easy recipe and all the ingredients can be picked up on the baking aisle at the supermarket. I used a 28cm pie dish to make this.

Traditional Bakewell Tart Recipe 1


300g shortcrust pastry. (Can be made from scratch or bought pre rolled)

5 table spoons of jam (any flavour although I used strawberry)

150g Butter

150g caster sugar

4 large egg yolks

1 large egg white

4 drops almond essence

75g ground almonds

Traditional Bakewell Tart Recipe 4


1. Pre heat oven to 220 degrees. Roll out pastry and line your pie dish.

2. Spread your jam all over the pastry.

3. Beat the butter and sugar until creamy.

4. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time.

5. Beat the egg white and almond essence together and add to the mixture along with the ground almonds.

6. Carefully spread the mixture evening over the jam and pastry base.

7. Bake in the centre of the oven for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 150 degrees and bake for a further 10-15 minutes.

Traditional Bakewell Tart Recipe 5

I was so happy with how this one came out and everyone really enjoyed it. You can also try adding some flaked almonds over the top before baking if you prefer but I did’t on this occasion.

Traditional Bakewell Tart Recipe 7

Traditional Bakewell Tart Recipe 6

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and please let me know if you try it. If you have any vintage recipe requests please let me know and I’ll see if I can find and recreate them.

  • Reply
    January 28, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Mmm your tart looks delicious!! Beautiful pictures! 😉

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    January 28, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    I have quite a few “vintage” recipes, I know they’re old because the originals are written on post-war, flour and sugar packets. I only bake at Christmas though otherwise I’d be twice the size I am now.

  • Reply
    Jessica Cangiano
    January 28, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Yum!!! That looks fabulous! Bakewell tart was one of a handful of classic British desserts that I got to experience for the first time when I lived in Ireland (all those years ago now), every last one of which a recipe traveled to Canada with me and has appeared in my kitchen on this side of the Atlantic in the years since then (Victoria Sponge, Millionaire Shortbread, and Summer Pudding/Eve’s Pudding are amongst some of the others).

    ♥ Jessica

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    Nienke Wilting
    January 30, 2015 at 9:26 am

    ooo this looks so yummie!!

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    February 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Yum! I’ll be making this, Bakewell tart is one of my all time favourites

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