Monday, 21 October 2013

Mini Jam Tarts

Mini jam tarts

Since I started making my own jam, I've been looking at jam-based recipes in a whole new light. Jam tarts, for instance. While I'm certainly not averse to a jam tart now and then, I've never really sought them out, as commercial jam has a tendency to be too sickly for me except in the smallest quantities. It's quite a different thing when you've made both jam and pastry yourself!

I used three different kinds of homemade jam for my mini tarts: strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry. A solid-set jam works better than a softer texture, for tarts, as it's less likely to bubble up all over your oven - it turned out that my strawberry was a bit too soft, really.

Blackberry jamAre you interested in learning to make your own jam? Or just looking for more yummy recipes with jam as an ingredient? Click here for jam-making tips and a collection of related recipes.

Jam tarts construction

Mini jam tarts

Miniature Jam Tarts
Makes 16

For the pastry:
100g (4oz) butter or margarine
200g (8oz) plain flour
a little cold water

For the filling:
5-6tbsp jam
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (390°F), and prepare a mini muffin tray (grease it if you don't have a good non-stick coating).
  2. Grate the butter (straight from the fridge) into the flour.
  3. Rub the butter into the flour to a fine crumb-like texture (try to keep your hands as cool as possible).
  4. Add a little cold water, and knead to bring the .
  5. Roll out the pastry, and cut circles a little larger than the holes in your muffin tin.
  6. Push each circle of pastry into a the holes of the tin to make the pastry cases.
  7. Spoon a little jam into each case (about 1tsp per tart).
  8. Cut shapes for the tops from the remaining pastry (I used different shaped cutters for each flavour of jam).
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the pastry is becoming golden brown.
  10. Gently remove the tarts from the tray, being careful not to burn yourself on the boiling jam, and leave to cool on a wire rack.


Subha Subramanian said...

Looks delicious.i never tried before.So cute

Rachel said...

And the advantage of mini jam tarts is that you can have two different flavours for the same amount of jam!

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes said...

How cute these are!! Love it!!

rosaria williams said...

Worth the time and energy to get these cuties made!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Look so good

Gloria Baker said...

what lovely and cute little tarts look beauty:)

Anonymous said...

OMG! These are amazing! I have read your posts about making your own jam. It's going on my bucket list...and it just moved up because of these. Yum!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Those look cute and tasty!

Blond Duck said...

So easy and cute!

Becky Jerdee said...

So cute, Rachel! Makes me think of my toasted grilled cheese sandwiches I make for my grandson...I use a cookie cutter to cut the sandwich from the center of the toasted slices.

Blond Duck said...

Happy Tuesday!

Sarah Ebner said...

Gorgeous - they look delicious and very impressive. I think we need to have a go ourselves...thanks!

Khloé Belle Gadson said...

Looks so delicious.I want now!! Yummm....

Keep it Touched,

Tami Marie said...

Looks and sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. :)

Visiting from the #SITSSharefest :)
Have an awesome weekend!
Tami Marie

Miss Foodie Fab said...

How cute are these tarts. Perfect for V-day.

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