Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cherry Bakewell Tart

June' 09 Daring Bakers Challenge:

Another month another new challenge from DB,

This month challenge was making Bakewell/pudding tarts, Hosted/co-hosted by: Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar.
A sweet Short-crust pastry and Frangipane was mandatory in this challenge to make, while homemade jam or curd was optional.

Cherry & Mango Bakewell Tart

I like tarts a lot and had a Bakewell tart…pudding in London at a road side café on oxford I liked it and made a mental note to try making one.
The pastry was not hard to make as I have made shortcrust pastry before the main thing for me was the jam and then baking the whole thing. As I never made jam before or never saw anyone making it either.
So I decided to make cherry jam and followed the recipe/instruction from
Jasmine’s Blackberry Pan Jam.

I made the pastry dough and let it to rest, then went off to make the jam, i was very excited about the cherry jam and was really trying to get it right knowing well that I can’t leave it alone so I started with the cherry pitting and then put them to cook as they were cooking it was time for prayers I lowered the heat and went for prayers, when I got back there wasn’t much juices left it had reduced and while I was away was a bit sticy other than that it was very good & tasty! So i still decided to use it, left it to cool.
while I rolled the pastry dough on a large tart pan as quickly as I could cause the dough kept on getting soft & sticky due to heat, left it in the freezer while I made the frangipane.
Assembled the whole thing and popped it in the oven, went off to make the other tart with mango topping =) checked it after 30 minutes it looked like it need a bit more baking so I gave it 5 more minutes.
Turned out quite good, didn’t have more almonds for topping so left it as it is….The mangos ones came out quite good too
My mom didn’t wanted to wait for it to cool down so she had the cherry jam frangipane right out of the oven hot with some fresh cream and she loved it, everyone was watching my mom enjoying it they all grabbed a piece each....loved it and so did I by making it. Thanks for the challenge ladies.

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.

Bakewell Tart…er…pudding

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 flour
250ml (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.

Jasmine’s notes:• If you cannot have nuts, you can try substituting Victoria sponge for the frangipane. It's a pretty popular popular cake, so you shouldn't have any troubles finding one in one of your cookbooks or through a Google search. That said, our dear Natalie at Gluten a Go Go has sourced some recipes and linked to them in the related alt.db thread.• You can use whichever jam you wish, but if you choose something with a lot of seeds, such as raspberry or blackberry, you should sieve them out.• The jam quantity can be anywhere from 60ml (1/4 cup) to 250ml (1cup), depending upon how “damp” and strongly flavoured your preserves are. I made it with the lesser quantity of home made strawberry jam, while Annemarie made it with the greater quantity of cherry jam; we both had fabulous results. If in doubt, just split the difference and spread 150ml (2/3cup) on the crust.

Annemarie’s notes:• The excess shortcrust can be rolled out and cut into cookie-shapes (heck, it’s pretty darned close to a shortbread dough).

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

Jasmine’s notes:• I make this using vanilla salt and vanilla sugar.• If you wish, you can substitute the seeds of one vanilla bean, one teaspoon of vanilla paste or one teaspoon of vanilla extract for the almond extract

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.
Annemarie’s notes:• Add another five minutes or more if you're grinding your own almonds or if you're mixing by hand (Heaven help you).


lisamichele said...

Beatifully done, and your cherry jam sounds wonderful! I also LOVE your super long, rectangular mango Bakewell! Gorgeous!

Sylvia said...

Interesting recipe and delicious for sure

Anula said...

Great idea with the cherry jam :) I'm sure it was delicious!

singinghorse said...

Beautiful tarts! I love both flavors. Well done!

DJM said...

Gorgeous tarts -- I really love those long, rectangular tart pans! Someday, maybe I'll own one.

isa said...

Both tarts look great but the mango one looks delicious! Nicely done!

Lauren said...

Yum!! All of your tarts look amazing =D. I love the idea of putting mango on top!

Sue Sparks said...

Good job! Congrats on making jam for the first time too! Love your photos:) YUM!

Dragon said...

Great job on this month’s challenge.

rahyan said...

Cherries! love em and the rectangular pans should really be on my shopping list. =)

raquel said...

i love the mango topping! and is that a long tart pan? i've always wanted to get one of those. awesome job!!!!

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Your tart looks SO GOOD...can imagine everyone grabbing a slice warm! Well done indeed! Love the mango on top! WOW...

Connie Weiss said...

Great job! I'm so impressed that you made your own jam!

ice tea: sugar high said...

cherry and mango.. yuuuuummmm!!! great idea. all the tarts looked stunning. great job.

nikki said...

Both your cherry and mango tarts are crave-worthy. Marvelous!

MAHIMA said...

mango my fav!! n cherry to go with it!! awesome!! :)

bittersweetblog said...

Looks perfect, and what great flavors, too! :)

Vera said...

Great flavors and very pretty tarts!

evanescencia said...

Great JOB!! It looks delicious and yummy with cherry jam and mango...uummm..

Eva from Spain

sweetakery said...

Thank you'all for your lovely comments! =)

Jill said...

I love mango and your tarts looked wonderful! Thank you for your comment on my blog--sorry it took me so long to respond. I've been out of town and I wasn't near any computers. I look forward to following your blog. :)