Make Homemade Jam Tarts
Edited by Graciela Franchesca Rosario, Lynn, Graeme, Olivia and 1 other
A jam tart is a delightful snack. So aside from egg or other fruit flavors of the tart, you can use jam as a topping as well. To make lemon tarts, you can use lemon curd and sugar, as with jam making. Honey is sweet, but is not applicable to jam making. And sugar of any kind can be expensive. Tarts have been considered somewhat outdated, but they are making a comeback.
- 2-3 tbsp. cold water
- 100 g (4 oz.) butter for greasing, an equal mix or cubed of lard and butter
- 55 g (2 oz.) cooking margarine, like Stork
- 55 g (2 oz.) refined vegetable fat, like Cookeen
- You can use just cooking margarine like Stork instead of Cookeen and Stork. Using both offers a fairly lighter shortcrust pastry.
- 100 g (3 ½ oz.) white caster sugar
- 1 orange, zest only
- Pinch of salt
- 250 g (8 oz.) plain flour/all purpose, for dusting
- 250 g (9 oz.) ready-made shortcrust pastry
For the jam filling
- 1 vanilla pod, split
- 450 g (1 lb.) golden caster sugar
- 450 g (1 lb.) strawberries, hulls removed, or any fruit jam or lemon curd, plus extra to serve
- 1 tbsp. rosewater
- Clotted cream, to serve
- 1 tbsp. orange liqueur
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Pastry resting time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
Yield: Approximately 18 tarts
- 1Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 12-16 hole tart mold with a little butter.Advertisement
- 2Put grease-proof paper on a baking tray and sprinkle on the white caster sugar and orange zest. Place it on the lowest shelf in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the orange zest has been coated and sugar has melted. Remove it from the oven, and then let it cool to harden into a candied peel.Advertisement
- 1Measure the ingredients. It would be much easier if the Cookeen and Stork have been taken out from the fridge 30 minutes beforehand.
Assembling the pies:
- 2Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C.
- 5For the jam filling, put in the strawberries, vanilla pod, golden caster sugar, orange liqueur, and rosewater into a pan and simmer it. Simmer for five to eight minutes, or until the strawberries start to break down. Let it cool slightly.
- 6Once the strawberry filling mixture has slightly cooled, fill every pastry with an equal amount (about a heaping teaspoon) into its center. Be careful to not overfill, as the jam may spill out and burn when heated.
- 8Put the tarts in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry cases are golden brown at 350 degrees F/180 degrees C. Get the tarts from the oven and set aside on a wire rack to let them cool completely. Do not eat while the tart is hot, as it may burn your mouth because the jam takes a long time to cool.
- 9To serve, put one to two strawberry jam tarts into the center of every serving plate. Put a teaspoonful of clotted cream on top of every tart and garnish with raw strawberries. Garnish over the set aside candied peel.
- 1Zest is the outer rind of a citrus fruit. It contains essential oils.
- 2Remove the zest using a grater, potato peeler, or zester. The amount you put will depend on how fine or thick you want the zest to be.
- 3When you remove the zest with a vegetable or potato peeler, slice it into thin, long strips using a sharp knife afterwards.