Bakewell Tart


 love a traditionally made bakewell tart but its seems that those who don’t agree seem to have a tainted opinion founded into their childhood from thier experiences of Mr Kipling’s overly sweet and synthetic offerings. Found overdosed with grainy icing in your packed lunch that should ideally inspire and energise!? That said, on baking this tart over the weekend for my family his holy name was referenced three times without provoking! But I assure you that a homemade bake well is a good way to convince those haunted by Mr.K’s recipe and being such a traditional recipe I felt it needed a proud place on my blog archive.

I do already have a Rhubarb bake well tart recipe but this arguably this is not ‘traditional’ as is my style. And in fact this one is in my style also using some leftover homemade blackcurrant jam from the summer. But feel free to use a jam of choice here, traditional raspberry or strawberry, apricot or even marmalade!

Makes 1 tart

  • 1 pastry case (see here)
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 75g ground almonds
  • 50g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Splash almond extract (optional)
  • 100g jam (raspberry, blackcurrant, strawberry etc)
  • Handful of flaked almonds
  • 6 tbsp icing sugar
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  1. Make the pastry case – instructions here
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together
  4. Then gradually beat in the eggs and the almond extract until the mixture is combined
  5. Gently fold in the ground almonds and flour until well combined.
  6. Spoon the jam evenly over the base of the pastry case.
  7. Cover with the almond frangipani mixture and use a palate knife or spatula to smooth out the surface until even and the jam is completely covered.
  8. Scatter over the flaked almonds
  9. Bake for 30 minutes until golden and the middle is set. Leave to cool completely.
  10. Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl. Add the lemon juice drop by drop being careful you don’t add to much to fast. You’re aiming for a really thick paste consistency that you can pipe.
  11. Spoon into a piping bag and snip a small end off. Pipe the icing in your desired pattern over the top.
  12. Serve with creme fraiche!