Traditional Jam Tarts

Traditional Jam Tarts

Cuisine: English

Main Ingredient: Jam

Category: Dessert

Difficulty: 3/10

Recipe by Dave Edwards
2019-08-08 20:07 BST
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Traditional Jam Tarts

Serves: 12
Oven temp: 350°F / 180°C / Fan 160 °C / Gas Mark 4
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins


Pastry Crust
8 ouncesPlain flour
4 ouncesUnsalted butter
pinch Salt
2-3 tablespoonsWater; cold
1/2 jarStrawberry jam


1Put the flour, cubed butter, and the pinch of salt into a mixing bowl.
2Working as quickly as you can, rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
3Add the water 1 tablespoon at a time to the mixture and using a cold knife stir to bind the pastry together. Stop when the pastry comes together so it is not too sticky.
4Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill for a minimum of 15 minutes, up to 30 minutes.
Assembling the tarts
1Preheat the oven to 350 F/180 C Gas 4. Lightly grease a 12-hole tart mold with a little butter.
2The dough can also be made in a food processor by mixing the flour, butter, and salt in the bowl of the processor on a pulse setting. Add water and wrap as above.
3Unwrap the pastry onto a lightly floured work surface and roll to a 1/4-inch thickness.
4Using a tart cutter or cup, cut circles from the pastry just slightly bigger than the holes in the prepared tart mould. Gently press one disc into each hole.
5Place a heaped teaspoon of jam or lemon curd into the pastry-lined tins. Be careful not to overfill as the jam will spill out when hot and burn.
6Repeat until all the pastry is used up—you can squish the pastry trimmings back together and re-roll several times, so don't worry, just make sure you rest the pastry circles before cooking.
7Bake in the preheated oven for 15 mins or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.
8Once cooled, serve and enjoy!


We know it's tempting to take a bite right away, but do NOT eat these while hot or you may burn your mouth. (The jam stays hot for a long time.)
  • Traditional Jam Tarts

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