Saturday, June 27, 2009

BAKEWELL TARTLETTES

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 chose to make tartlettes with my homemade Raspberry Rose Jam. These are great in the morning with coffee (don't ask me how I know), they are not too sweet and would make a nice hostess gift.



SWEET SHORTCRUST PASTRY
Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes (minimum)
Equipment needed: bowls, box grater, cling film

225g (8oz) All Purpose Flour
30g (1oz) Sugar
2.5ml (½ tsp) Salt
110g (4oz) Unsalted Butter, cold (frozen is better)
2 (2) Egg Yolks
2.5ml (½ tsp) Almond Extract (optional)
15-30ml (1-2 Tbsp) Cold Water

Sift together flour, sugar and salt. Grate butter into the flour mixture, using the large hole-side of a box grater. Using your finger tips only, and working very quickly, rub the fat into the flour until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Set aside.
Lightly beat the egg yolks with the almond extract (if using) and quickly mix into the flour mixture. Keep mixing while dribbling in the water, only adding enough to form a cohesive and slightly sticky dough.
Form the dough into a disc, wrap in cling and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes



FRANGIPAN
Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Equipment needed: bowls, hand mixer, rubber spatula
125g (4.5oz) Unsalted Butter, softened
125g (4.5oz) Powdered Sugar
3 (3) Eggs
2.5ml (½ tsp) Almond Extract
125g (4.5oz) Almond Flour (Trader Joes)
30g (1oz) All Purpose Flour

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 almond flour and the flour. Mix well. The mixture will be soft, keep its slightly curdled look (mostly from the almonds) and retain its pallid yellow color.

RASPBERRY ROSE JAM

ASSEMBLING THE TARTLETTES
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, cut out rounds with a biscuit cutter and place into the individual tartlette molds. Chill in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 200C/400F.
Remove tartlettes from the freezer, spread as even a layer as you can of Raspberry Rose Jam onto the pastry base. Top with frangipane, spreading to cover the entire surface of the tartlette. Smooth the top and pop into the oven for 15 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 (optional).
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.

23 comments:

lisamichele said...

Love the raspberry-rose jam, and your presentation is beautiful..perfect for a high tea, so feminine and pretty! Amazing job as always :)

Anula said...

Beautiful little tarts. Very yummy looking :) I like the idea of raspberry-rose jam... bet it was delicious!

isa said...

Looks beautiful! Love the raspberry and rose jam:) Great job!

Vera said...

These are adorable! And I love the sound of the jam!

Candice said...

Those look great! I love the presentation.

jillian said...

Your tarts look like they are ready for a formal tea. Very elegant!

Dips said...

They look awesome ! And the jam sounds great tooo...

Sue Sparks said...

Your tarts are so pretty and Raspberry Rose Jam sounds heavenly!

Jo said...

Raspberry rose sounds wonderful and I love how your tarts came out. Great job

Aran said...

great job pam... raspberry and rose jam... delicious!

sweetakery said...

adorable looking tarts and love the raspberry-rose jam! =)

Tina said...

I also prefer desserts that aren't too sweet, so these are right up my alley.
I love the shape/size of your tarts. They look LOVELY!

Isolated Foodie said...

Your presentation with the mint and berries is gorgeous! Beautiful tarts.

Tartelette said...

I agree, these were good anytime of the day! They look gorgeous and the raspberry rose jam was indeed a great choice for these!

jasmine said...

Oh my! If I tried these for breakfast I'd be on a sugar high all day...buzz buzz buzz.

Yours look lovely. Thanks for participating.

j

Y said...

Your tarts look gorgeous and love the sound of that jam. Presentation reminds me of Christmas somehow.. perfect because we're experiencing cold weather over here :)

Dragon said...

Your tartlettes are lovely! Great job on this month's challenge.

kristenly said...

beautiful preasentation

Lesley said...

Wow, really gorgeous. And raspberry rose jam? Fabulous!

brie said...

your pictures/tarts are so lovely - the dusted sugar is something I didn't see too much of in the db forums and i'm glad you used it here :) i for one would love to have these with tea

ice tea: sugar high said...

that raspberry-rose jam sounds delish! Love your presentation, stunning

Laura said...

Love the idea of raspberry-rose jam!

mary said...

Mmmm... raspberry rose jam sounds delicious!