Saturday, 27 June 2009

Daring Bakers Challenge - Bakewell Tart

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.








A big thank you to Jasmine and Annemarie for hosting this month's challenge. I was delighted to see these little tarts. It was a trip down memory lane for me. My mother made these when I was a child. For some obscure reason they were called cheese cakes. I don't know why as there is no cheese involved in the making. Strangely I had been thinking of them recently and had promised myself I would look up my mother's recipe and make them again when this challenge popped up. Up until this point I had no idea they were Bakewell tarts. I chose to do individual tarts rather than one large one. I used patty tins and an 88mm fluted cutter for the pastry. The recipe made 18. I thoroughly enjoyed making them. I did not use the frangepane. My husband does not do nuts and, as he would be the major eating machine involved in the finished product, I decided to go with a sponge mixture. I used soft brown sugar in the mix to give a little caramel flavour. My Mother was a great jam maker and used all sorts of fillings in these. My favourite is lemon curd. Alas I did not have enough lemons to make my own. Very disappointing as I have a very easy microwave recipe. I did however have some cranberry jam I had made at Christmas. This is what I used. The slight tartness seemed to go very well with the sweet pastry and sponge. I used icing sugar in the pastry as that is what I always use in my sweet pastry.I was a little sorry I hadn't used my own pastry recipe as it is much crisper but 'rules is rules'







Bakewell Tart…er…pudding

Makes one 23cm (9” tart)
Prep time: less than 10 minutes (plus time for the individual elements)
Resting time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes
Equipment needed: 23cm (9”) tart pan or pie tin (preferably with ridged edges), rolling pin

One quantity sweet shortcrust pastry (recipe follows)
Bench flour
250ml (1cup (8 US fl. oz)) jam or curd, warmed for spreadability
One quantity frangipane (recipe follows)
One handful blanched, flaked almonds

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.



Frangipane

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. In the words of Douglas Adams: Don’t panic. Really. It’ll be fine. 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.




18 comments:

LegalAlien said...

They are cute!
:-)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What pretty tartlets! You did a wonderful job!

Cheers,

Rosa

Gloria said...

Brenda I love these little tarts are sooo cute!!! xGloria

Audax said...

Ummm sponge cake I did I version like that it was almost the same I thought. Very cute mimi-tarts and very nice pixs. yours audax

Elissa said...

Your tiny tarts are so cute! The height with the frangipane looks wonderful :)

Junglefrog said...

Very cute tarts you made and love the photo where you stacked them all. Looks great!

vibi said...

Very pretty... love the minis and the beautiful pictures!

Tina said...

Your tarts are so cute! I love the pic of them stacked. I bet you could just keep popping them into your mouth if you aren't careful!
Great job!

isa said...

Your mini tarts looks delicious! Beautiful pictures. Great job!

Jen @ MyKitchenAddiction.com said...

Your tarts look wonderful! I am wishing I had made mini tarts instead of one large tart. Next time!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Those little Bakewell tars look utterly delicious Brenda.

Rhyleysgranny said...

Thank you all for your comments. Welcome to new visitors and thank you for taking the time to comment. I do enjoy the Daring bakers challenges. This one was fun.
xxx

culinography said...

Such cute little tarts! Beautifully done!

jillian said...

I love your little tarts! They look so dainty in your photos.

jasmine said...

So cute...they are adorable

Thanks for participating.

j

Annemarie said...

Cheese cakes..! How funny how that name stuck. glad you enjoyed the trip down memory lane.

Sarah said...

I was So inspired by your blog today, that not only did I make the ragu, but also these mini bakewells! I used a gooseberry and elderflower jam. Very nice they were. Thanks for the tip off!

S x

George said...

A great job Brenda. I love the idea of the cranberry jam.