Friday, June 26, 2009

Daring Bakers: Bakewell Tart

Let me start by saying that I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this challenge! These little tarts were so amazing! I will make them over and over again. SO GOOD!

This tart started with a shortbread like crust and then it was topped with jam and frangipane (almond filling). The jam choice was left up to us and whenever that happens, I just can't decide! So, I made mini tarts and had 8 different fillings. I used Nutella, Raspberry Jam, Strawberry Jam, Chocolate Chips, Cinnamon Chips, Crushed Butterfingers (per Nathan's request), Caramel, and Orange Marmalade. Of course the Nutella was my favorite, but there wasn't a bad one in the bunch. I can't wait to make these again!

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.

Don't forget to check out the DB blogroll to see the beautiful tarts!

Bakewell Tart
Makes one 23cm (9” tart)
Prep time: less than 10 minutes (plus time for the individual elements)
Resting time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes

Equipment needed: 23cm (9”) tart pan or pie tin (preferably with ridged edges), rolling pin

One quantity sweet shortcrust pastry (recipe follows)
Bench flour250ml (1cup (8 US fl. oz))
jam or curd, warmed for spreadability
One quantity frangipane (recipe follows)
One handful blanched, flaked almonds

Assembling the tart:

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, transfer it to the tart pan, press in and trim the excess dough. Patch any holes, fissures or tears with trimmed bits. Chill in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 200C/400F.

Remove shell from freezer, spread as even a layer as you can of jam onto the pastry base. Top with frangipane, spreading to cover the entire surface of the tart. Smooth the top and pop into the oven for 30 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.

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.

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


Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Equipment needed: bowls, hand mixer, rubber spatula

125g (4.5oz) unsalted butter, softened
125g (4.5oz) icing sugar
3 (3) eggs
2.5ml (½ tsp) almond extract
125g (4.5oz) ground almonds
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 ground nuts and the flour. Mix well. The mixture will be soft, keep its slightly curdled look (mostly from the almonds) and retain its pallid yellow colour.


Dharm said...

This was a really fun challenge! You made EIGHT Fillings? How inspiring! I love that you tried Nutella...

Katy ~ said...

Cristine, you are amazing!

This tart looks amazing as well!

Leslie said...

wow you were a busy little bee!!!
I have to say my favorite would be Nutella

Megan said...

I knew that Nutella would be in there somewhere!

How creative you were, all those lovely little tarts!

finsmom said...

Just look at your cute little tart slices! These are fantastic! Yum!

Engineer Baker said...

Whoa, 8 different fillings?!? Talk about selection! And so cute and delicious looking too!

Elissa said...

Oh my goodness 8 fillings! I'm with you, I think Nutella would be my favorite :) I also really really liked this challenge and think it's a dessert I could see myself making again. Your little tarts are too cute!

The McBride Family said...

This is why we're friends. Can't decide try 8 different ones!! YUM!!! Makes me think we need some more mini-cheesecakes with 8 different flavors! :)

anchan said...

I love the idea of doing lots of different fillings - will definately try that out myself! Nice job!

Ingrid said...

LOL, wow you really did it up with the filling flavors and even got a little crazy! :)

The first time I saw this tart yesterday I knew I wanted to give it a just convinced that I NEED to try it asap!

Lori said...

Crushed Butterfingers. hmmm. Good thinking. I love all your choices though. And like you Nutella was my favorite. Hazelnut and chocolate is ALWAYS my favorite.

Anonymous said...

YUM! Your tarts look great!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

I've seen that tart on a bunch of Daring Bakers' blogs but your mini's might just be the best looking! I will make that recipe someday...

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