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Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Strawberry Jam Tarts



Somebody was a very good boy today. Well, actually he's a good boy most days. I really can't complain.



He hangs out the laundry most days, when I need it to be hung out. He rubs my toes when they are aching . . . likewise my back. He sometimes makes the bed. He even does the dishes a lot of the time! Yes . . . I am blessed, and I would be the first to say so!!



He loves jam tarts. They are not something that I make very often, coz I love them too, and far too many of them end up in my mouth, which is not a very good thing to happen . . . sigh . . .

Once in while though, I want to treat my Todd to something I know he will really, really enjoy. Homemade jam tarts, tasting of home and hearth, and childhood memories do the trick every time. Simple homely treats for a simple homely man.

Sweet, colourful, sticky and meltingly fruity . . .



Bet you can't eat just one! If you can you're a much better person than I am!!

Hmmm . . . now that I think about it . . . I wonder, who was this treat really for???

*Blush* I'm just sayin is all . . .




*Strawberry Jam Tarts*
Makes 12
Printable Recipe

I don't know of anyone, young or old that doesn't like jam tarts. Crisp buttery pastry, filled with sweet jam, all bubbly and gooey. These are fabulous. This pastry is the best. Turns out perfect every time!

For the pastry:
For the pastry:
140g plain flour (1 cup)
pinch of salt
2 TBS  butter
2 TBS vegetable shortening
2 TBS cold water
For the Tarts:
about half a jar of really good quality strawberry jam

First make the pastry. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Rub together the butter and the shortening and then add this to the flour. Rub this into the flour using the tips of your fingers, lifting it up as you go to aerate the flour somewhat. Rub in lightly until the mixture is crumbly. Don't over mix. Add the cold water all at once and stir with a fork. Blend quickly until the mixture clings together in a ball, leaving the sides of the bowl clean. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a couple of times, lightly, to make a smooth stiff dough. Let rest for 10 minutes before using.

Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/gas mark 6.

Roll thepastry out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into rounds with a sharp 3 inch fluted cutter. Place the pastry rounds into a 12 hole bun tin. Dollop heaped teaspoons of jam into the centres of each.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the pastry has crisped nicely and the jam is bubbling Remove from the oven and allow to cool before eating or serving. (Hot jam is really dangerous and can give you quite a bad burn if you are not careful!!)

Note - you don't have to use strawberry jam only. You can use any kind of jam you want. We happen to like Strawberry the best of all!

13 comments:

Joy said...

We have a great box of good jam my daughter made at school, and I have been wanting to make jam tarts..... Thanks for edging me a big step closer!

Julie said...

Oh, YUMMY!!! Love these sweet, little tarts, Marie! If I make them, though, I'll be the one eating them all!

My husband just walked by and saw your tortilla from last night...looks like we'll be having that soon, according to him! Just his style!

Hope you're having a wonderful day, my friend--much love to you!

Sook said...

I have a great strawberry jam in the fridge. I will have to make these! :)

I see you are LDS. So am I! I had no idea you were LDS. So cool! :)

Chele said...

Must give this recipe a try - I've never had a jam tart before!

Allie and Pattie said...

Marie, these look so good- your pictures always do. I'm quite sure Todd loved them. My Ray is my blessing too :)
xoxo Pattie

Angie said...

Ilove jam tarts and my sis loves them even more. Mum used to bake fresh every Saturday afternoon and there was always jam tarts. But it was best to check who made them because sis used to like to 'bake' with mum's left over pastry!.......after she'd played marbles with it or juggling!

Angie said...

....oh, and they're fabulous with custard on for pudding.

Holly, the Old Western Gal said...

Gosh, those look delicious and they're mighty pretty too!

madrekarin said...

Jam tarts are one of my favorite things! Strawberry, raspberry, blueberry- it doesn't matter as long as it is cozied up in a yummy crust. :)
Thanks for sharing your recipe!

konstantkraver said...

Oh I am soooo excited to have found your site! It has all the recipes from my childhood.MY mum used to makes these and now i finally know her secret cant wait to try it out!!

Anonymous said...

what's the oven temperature supposed to be? cause it says 400 Celsius AND also 400 degree fahrenheit!!!

Marie said...

OOps, sorry about that anonymous! It should read 200*C! Changing it now!

KonstantKraver said...

Hi Mary Alice
I loved the Jam Tarts I made a few changes to the pastry and used Blackberry Jam instead . It was an interesting baking experience..lol I had to put it up with the recipe on my blog to share this great tea time treat with the world!!

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