If there’s one thing everybody can bake it’s jam tarts. They are simple, easy and quick to bake and you need hardly any ingredients. They are one of my favourite things to bake with the kids, as you really can’t go wrong. The other thing I love about the good old jam tart is that it combines my love of baking and my little jam obsession. It may be a little crazy but I have a whole shelf of my fridge dedicated to my jam collection and whenever I go to the supermarket, I can’t help but pick up a new flavour.
So this post is part recipe, part celebrating my love of jams. Jam tarts are not just for sweet toothed kids, with the right jam they can be the perfect treat for grown ups too and some of these flavours would be great for a vintage tea party. I make mine with a basic short crust pastry and every flavour of jam I can get my hands on! I’ve including the pastry recipe, but you can also buy it ready-made from the supermarket.
You Will Need: (this recipe makes loads, so you might want to half the recipe if you only want to make a few)
450g plain flour
200g butter, cut into small squares
5 tbsp water
Pinch of salt
Jam, jam and more jam.
How to Make:
1. Pre heat oven to 200c
2. Rub the butter and flour together to form a bread crumb consistency.
3. Add the salt and then add the water a little at a time until the mixture forms into a stiff dough.
4. Roll out the dough on floured surface and use a pastry cutter to cut out large circles.
5. Push the circles into a muffin or cake tray.
6. Add a spoonful of jam to each one.
7. Bake in the oven for 20 – 30 mins until the pastry looks golden brown.
8. Allow them to cool completely on a wire rack before eating jam gets VERY hot!
All the flavours I tried tasted absolutely delicious but my favourite is the Wilkin and Son’s Rhubarb with Ginger, it has a lovely fiery kick to it, the girls however prefer lemon curd ones. I pick up jam all over the place, some of the ones I used I picked up while on holiday in the Isle of Wight, Farm shops are also a great place to pick up unusual flavours. If you’re feeling brave you could also try making your own.