Daring Bakers: Bakewell tart....er...Pudding

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The June Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar. They chose a Traditional (UK) Bakewell Tart... er... pudding that was inspired by a rich baking history dating back to the 1800's in England.

Bakewell tarts…er…puddings combine a number of dessert elements but still let you show off your area’s seasonal fruits. Like many regional dishes there’s no “one way” to make a Bakewell Tart…er…Pudding, but most of today’s versions fall within one of two types. The first is the “pudding” where a layer of jam is covered by an almondy pastry cream and baked in puff pastry. The second is the “tart” where a rich shortcrust pastry holds jam and an almondy sponge cake-like filling.

Now to the recipe:

Mango Jam:

6 med. mangos
3 c. water
4 c. sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves
1 tsp. vanilla

Peel and cut mangos in chunks.

Combine mangos, cinnamon, cloves, and water and bring to hard boil.

Cook at low heat to medium for 10 minutes. Add sugar and mix well.

Continue cooking in medium heat until mixture registers 220 degrees on candy thermometer.

Remove from heat and skim off foam. Add vanilla, mixing well. Can and store as usual.

Sweet shortcrust pastry

Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes (minimum)
Equipment needed: bowls, box grater, cling film

225g (8oz) all purpose flour
30g (1oz) sugar
2.5ml (½ tsp) salt
110g (4oz) unsalted butter, cold (frozen is better)
2 (2) egg yolks
2.5ml (½ tsp) almond extract (optional)
15-30ml (1-2 Tbsp) cold water

Sift together flour, sugar and salt. Grate butter into the flour mixture, using the large hole-side of a box grater. Using your finger tips only, and working very quickly, rub the fat into the flour until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Set aside.

Lightly beat the egg yolks with the almond extract (if using) and quickly mix into the flour mixture. Keep mixing while dribbling in the water, only adding enough to form a cohesive and slightly sticky dough.

Form the dough into a disc, wrap in cling and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes


Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Equipment needed: bowls, hand mixer, rubber spatula

125g (4.5oz) unsalted butter, softened
125g (4.5oz) icing sugar
3 (3) eggs
2.5ml (½ tsp) almond extract
125g (4.5oz) ground almonds
30g (1oz) all purpose flour

Cream butter and sugar together for about a minute or until the mixture is primrose in colour and very fluffy.

Scrape down the side of the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. The batter may appear to curdle.

After all three are in, pour in the almond extract and mix for about another 30 seconds and scrape down the sides again.

With the beaters on, spoon in the ground nuts and the flour. Mix well. The mixture will be soft, keep its slightly curdled look (mostly from the almonds) and retain its pallid yellow colour.

Assembling the tart:

Place the chilled dough disc on a lightly floured surface. If it's overly cold, you will need to let it become acclimatised for about 15 minutes before you roll it out.

Flour the rolling pin and roll the pastry to 5mm (1/4”) thickness, by rolling in one direction only (start from the centre and roll away from you), and turning the disc a quarter turn after each roll.

When the pastry is to the desired size and thickness, transfer it to the tart pan, press in and trim the excess dough.

Patch any holes, fissures or tears with trimmed bits. Chill in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 200C/400F.

Remove shell from freezer, spread as even a layer as you can of jam onto the pastry base. Top with frangipane, spreading to cover the entire surface of the tart. Smooth the top and pop into the oven for 30 minutes. Five minutes before the tart is done, the top will be poofy and brownish. Remove from oven and strew flaked almonds on top and return to the heat for the last five minutes of baking.

The finished tart will have a golden crust and the frangipane will be tanned, poofy and a bit spongy-looking. Remove from the oven and cool on the counter. Serve warm, with crème fraîche, whipped cream or custard sauce if you wish.

When you slice into the tart, the almond paste will be firm, but slightly squidgy and the crust should be crisp but not tough.

Jasmine’s notes:

If you cannot have nuts, you can try substituting Victoria sponge for the frangipane. It's a pretty popular popular cake, so you shouldn't have any troubles finding one in one of your cookbooks or through a Google search. That said, our dear Natalie at Gluten a Go Go has sourced some recipes and linked to them in the related alt.db thread.

You can use whichever jam you wish, but if you choose something with a lot of seeds, such as raspberry or blackberry, you should sieve them out.

The jam quantity can be anywhere from 60ml (1/4 cup) to 250ml (1cup), depending upon how “damp” and strongly flavoured your preserves are. I made it with the lesser quantity of home made strawberry jam, while Annemarie made it with the greater quantity of cherry jam; we both had fabulous results. If in doubt, just split the difference and spread 150ml (2/3cup) on the crust.

Annemarie’s notes:

The excess shortcrust can be rolled out and cut into cookie-shapes (heck, it’s pretty darned close to a shortbread dough).

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  1. What a beautiful and unique way to present the Bakewell tart! I LOVE your recipe for the mango jam, and your photos are stunning! Phenomenal job all around!

  2. Tart Looks impressive Sathya..and the mango jam makes me drool here.

  3. Mango jam is great! Love your little tarts and very nice photos too :)

  4. Loved the idea of baking them in muffin pans, yummy!

  5. your tarts look gorgeous and love the mango jam.

  6. Wow looking gorgeous ...lovely tart and jam.. wish to have one ..tempting and mouthwatering

  7. hey sathya,
    amazing combo there, loved it the muffin way :) pics sure give the perfect idea how to go about!the mango jam is surely attention grabber :) good one sathya!

  8. Wowo amazing combo, just loved ur muffin way of making tart Sathya, loved the addition of mango jam!

  9. I love your litle tarts and your mango jam sounds delicious! Nicely done!

  10. Great job love the pictures and mango jam, yum

  11. Great idea with the mango jam!! tarts luk beautiful! :) My first visit to ur blog... you are doing a great job :)

  12. this looks reaaalllllllly good

  13. Yummmm.. that mango jam looks DIVINE. Great job on the tart, they look fantastic

  14. mm first time here...

    mmmm i love tarts!

  15. Both of these look lovely and inviting !

  16. wow looks so delicious.... i am drooling over the tarts!

  17. Hats off Sathya! HOMEMADE Pastry, Jam and the Frangipane cream, great work! that's a heavenly treat!

  18. Absolutely gorgeous looking dishes. Looks too yummm..

    First time to your blog and sure your pics will call me here often. :) Keep it going. Love all ur recipes and pics too.

    Take a look at my blog when you find time.

  19. hello..h r u?..ur dish makes me drool and looks too good.

  20. theres jam everywhere..truly jammin looking at this one!!

  21. Yummmm.. that mango jam looks DIVINE. Great job on the tart, they look fantastic



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