Pasta Flora (Greek Jam Tart)

"Good and easy."
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1 tart


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 13 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or 2 tablespoons cognac
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon, zest of
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 teaspoon lemon extract or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 12 cups sour cherry jam or 1 1/2 cups apricot jam
  • 14 cup blanched slivered almond


  • Sift together the flour and the baking powder into a bowl.
  • Cream the butter with an electric mixer.
  • Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is pale and light-coloured (about 5 minutes), scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula from time to time.
  • Add the egg yolks one by one.
  • Then add the brandy and the flavorings.
  • Stop beating, and fold in the flour a little at a time, with a wooden spoon, blending it evenly into the mixture.
  • When the dough becomes too stiff to stir, mix the flour in by hand until the dough is smooth and elastic (you may need to add a little water or milk to your dough to achieve this consistency - just a little at a time).
  • Avoid overworking the dough.
  • Cover dough in plastic wrap and allow to rest for 20 minutes before proceeding with recipe.
  • On a floured surface roll out 2/3s of the dough into a round and line a buttered 10" pie dish or tart pan.
  • Spread the jam over the dough.
  • Roll out the reserved dough to a thickness of 1/8" and cut it into strips 1/2" wide.
  • Lay them across the filling in a lattice pattern.
  • Decorate with the almonds and bake the tart in a 350F degree oven for 30-35 minutes until light-golden.
  • Store the tart uncovered, in a dry, cool place to prevent it from getting soggy.
  • It can be kept one week at room temperature.

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  1. pepperzek
    I'm from Greece and I have tried several different recipes for Past Flora. This is probably the best one, because of the crust. It's soft and buttery and it melts in your mouth. I also recommend to try this with cherry jam cause it's taste fits perfectly with this crust.
  2. Scots LassCairo
    A lovely very simle to make family-sized jam tart. I have been looking for a recipe for this for years. In Cairo, we hae a very strong Greek influence, and I'd tasted this before and assumed it was time-consuming to make. Evelyn you hae proved me wrong! Melt-in-the-mouth crumbly pastry contrasts beautifully with the Apricot jam. The lemon rind ensured the jam was not too sweet. We omitted the brandy and substituted fresh orange juice. Now all my relatives are after this recipe!! Thank you so much Evelyn!
  3. Chef Kate
    I halved this recipe to make a small tart and had no trouble with the dough--it rolled out beautifully. I used Lemon Apple Marmalade (a recipe by Laurelie41) as the filling and the finished product was quite beautiful and quite delicious.
  4. konekel
    Perfect! I was trying to replicate our favorite pastry from our local Greek Festival and this is just like it. I just pressed the dough into the tart pan rather than roll it out and it looked more rustic but turned out great. Thank you!
  5. Creation In Hope
    I made this for the Zaar World Tour II. I made this with Organic Reduced Sugar Rasberry Fruit Topping. This was really good!! I should of added some sugar to the fruit topping because it was TART!! I like the flavor of the crust and the filling. Thank you for sharing and this is a keeper!! KUDOS!!


<style>body { background: url(""); background-repeat: repeat-y; }</style> OK, here goes. I live in Athens, Greece. I moved out here many, many years ago from Ottawa, Canada - so I am blessed in having two wonderful heritages! I suffer from compulsive obsessive behaviour with regard to food and my psychiatrist thought it would be a good idea to find a 'society' where many have the same problem and try to find a cure. So far, I've copied a couple of thousand recipes from this site and my psychiatrist has thrown the towel in and refuses to answer the phone when I call. What did I do wrong? Got 3 kids that keep me on the go - 10 and under at this point (2008) - I may not get round to updating this for a few years, so you'll have to do your own maths. I teach English full-time and Greek Cookery part-time. I would like to make the cooking part of it full-time and the English Grammar part of it part-time. That's all for now.
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