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.
I've always thought of this delightful dessert as a tart. They are just so popular in England - little Bakewell Tarts are sold in packages in many supermarkets and grocery stores. For us in New York, Myers of Keswick in the Village sometimes sells these small packs. Now I'm wondering if Jane Austen's Elizabeth and Darcy ever ate Bakewell Tart as Pemberley was in Derbyshire, or maybe that was before the tart became popular.
I haven't made this before - it turned out to be enjoyable to make and to eat. A nice almond tart with jam, what more could a British origin food lover want! I'm not sure if it was a hit at work - I didn't hear ravings, only a couple of "goods."
Besides the filling (I love anything with almond),I also loved the pastry. The recipe made a generous amount with plenty to go for a 1/4 inch thick tart base. It was just perfectly sweetened, not too much. I will definitly use this pastry again for a dessert tart.
Way to go, Jasmine and Annemarie! Thank you for a lovely challenge.
Here's the recipe:
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
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.
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.
Here's hoping July's challenge will also be something sweet - please, please, pretty please.