Congress tarts

This recipe for bakewell tarts is a great tart recipe to try at home.  Also known as congress tarts, this congress / bakewell tart recipe makes around 14 tarts for you to enjoy.

Ingredients – 12 to 14 tarts

  • Shortcrust pastry: 350g
  • Raspberry jam: 2tbs
  • Soft butter: 60g
  • Caster sugar: 60g
  • Egg (large): 1
  • Ground almonds: 30g
  • Self-raising flour: 30g
  • Almond essence: few drops
  • Flaked almonds: a few

Getting everything ready

  • Make the shortcrust pastry and allow it to rest for about 30 minutes.
  • Lightly grease a bun tin with a touch of butter.
  • Break an egg into a small jug or cup and beat well.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 175°C (Gas Mark 3).

Method

  1. Lightly dust your work surface and rolling pin with a touch of flour and gently roll out the pastry until it’s nice and thin.  Take a pastry cutter and cut out 8cm circles.
  2. Neatly line the bun tin with the circles of pastry.  In the centre of each one, spoon in a small amount of jam.  Place aside to rest while you make the filling.
  3. Place the butter and caster sugar into a clean mixing bowl.  Using a handheld electric whisk, cream together until light and fluffy and pale in colour.  While still whisking, slowly add the beaten egg a little at a time.  When all the egg has been incorporated, add a few drops of almond essence for a little extra flavour.  Remove the whisk.
  4. Sieve the flour and ground almonds into the mixture in the bowl and fold in using a metal spoon or spatula.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tart cases (about 1 well-heaped teaspoon in each, ensuring the jam is covered).
  6. Sprinkle a few flaked almonds on the top of each congress / bakewell tart.
  7. Place the congress / bakewell tarts in the centre of the pre-heated oven and bake for about 25 minutes until the tarts are just firm to touch and the pastry is a light golden brown and crispy.
  8. Remove the congress / bakewell tarts from the oven and allow to cool slightly, then transfer the congress tarts on to a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.

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Watch congress tarts being made

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