Bakewell Tart

"This is a fabulous tart that deserves more recognition. It is positively divine with a steaming cup of tea (or coffee for that matter!). Slightly adapted from a recipe by Jamie Oliver."
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Ready In:
1hr 40mins




  • Make the pastry:

  • Score down the length of the vanilla bean, if using, and remove the seeds by scraping a knife down the inside of each half (keep the pod for making vanilla sugar).
  • Cream together the butter, powdered sugar, and salt and then rub in the flour, vanilla seeds, lemon zest, and egg yolks — you can do all this by hand or in a food processor. When the mixture looks like coarse breadcrumbs, add the cold milk or water. Pat and gently work the mixture together until you have a ball of dough, then flour it lightly and roll it into a large sausage shape — don't work the pastry too much, otherwise it will become too elastic and chewy, not flaky and short as you want it to be.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to rest for at least an hour. Remove it from the fridge, slice it up, and line an 11-inch tart mold with the slivers. Push them together, then tidy up the sides by trimming off any excess. Place the tart mold in the freezer for an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), then take the pastry out of the freezer and bake for around 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven, place to one side, and turn the heat down to 325°F (160°C).
  • Make the frangipane:

  • Blitz the whole almonds in a food processor until you have a fine powder and put this into a bowl.
  • Now blitz the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add this to the almonds with the lightly beaten eggs and fold in until completely mixed and smooth. Place in the fridge to firm up slightly.
  • Smear the jam over the bottom of the pastry shell, pour the chilled frangipane mixture on top, and sprinkle with some sliced blanched almonds. Bake the tart for about 40 minutes, or until the almond mixture has become firm and golden on the outside but is still soft in the middle.
  • Allow to cool for about 30 minutes and serve with crème fraîche or custard.

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  1. Wonderful, superb recipes, just toooo yummy!
  2. A perfect teatime treat. I added 1 teaspoon of almond extract to enhance the frangipane. Also, I spead 5 tablespoons of jam on the bottom of the tart. I melted the remaining tablespoon of jam with a little amaretto, which I swirled on top of the tart with the frangipane to create a lovely marbled effect. It turned out well-take a look at the pic I posted. Thanks for the recipe. This was lovely.
  3. Gorgeous but maybe just a touch sweet - next time I will either reduce the sugar or smear the jam more thinly - but still a huge success . This was made for Zaar World Tour 111 and I chose this recipe as I remember having this as a child .
  4. Excellent! Very easy to make. I didn't know the trick with the freezer but I suppose that why the tart was crispier than the other times. Next time maybe I'll reduce the sugar. Too sweet for my taste, but so tasty. Great with a cup of coffee.


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