Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

A buttery mixture, flavoured with ground almonds and baked in a light flaky pastry case, is the basis of this traditional Derbyshire recipe, sometimes known as Bakewell tart, the origin of which is secret to this day.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 8 ounces puff pastry
  • 4 tablespoons raspberry jam or 4 tablespoons strawberry jam
  • 14 lb ground almonds
  • 14 lb caster sugar
  • 2 ounces butter, softened
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 14 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C/ 400°F/ Gas Mark 6.
  2. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and use to line a 900 ml (30 fluid ounces) shallow pie dish.
  3. Knock up the edge of the pastry with the back of a knife.
  4. Mark the rim with the prongs of a fork.
  5. Brush the jam over the base; chill in the refrigerator while making the filling.
  6. Beat the almonds with the sugar, butter, eggs and almond extract.
  7. Pour the filling over the jam and spread it evenly.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until the filling is set.
  9. Serve warm or cold with fresh cream or custard.
Most Helpful

This dessert was really good! I used strawberry preserves and baked it a little longer than specified to make sure the filling was set. We ate it warm from the oven and really enjoyed! Made in honor of Chef CoolMonday 11/07.

loof November 27, 2007

Love that almond and raspberry flavor, and so easy to make! Filling was softer and more eggy-tasting than the Bakewell tarts I recall. Liked it and will try again with one egg fewer. Thanks for posting this hard-to-find recipe.

fluffernutter October 10, 2005