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How To Make A Bakewell Tart - Simple And Easy!

Updated on September 28, 2014
Bakewell Tart - elegant, yet simple to make, and incredibly delicious!
Bakewell Tart - elegant, yet simple to make, and incredibly delicious! | Source

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I still remember the bakery down the road from our house, in the suburb of London. Everyday we would take a walk to the Bakery to get goodies for Teatime. My favorite sweet at the bakery was these little tarts with jam, topped with almond flavored cake, then drizzled with icing, called Bakewell Tart.

After moving back to the States, I started making them at home. There are few variation of this recipe, and the one that I have adapted is pretty simple and easy to make. Some people do not use flour in the filling, but I prefer the flour with the ground almonds as it gives it a slight cake texture. I have also seen Bakewell Tarts made with Marzipan instead of ground almonds. Anyway, the recipe below is the one that I love to make, and my friends and family loves to eat!

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: Can easily serve eight people.
Some of the ingredients you will need.
Some of the ingredients you will need. | Source
The Pastry in progress
The Pastry in progress | Source

Ingredients

  • For The Pastry :
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Stick Butter, 8 tbsp
  • 1 Large Egg
  • Pinch Salt
  • Filling :
  • 2 Cups Ground Almonds
  • 1 Cup Flpur
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Almond Essence
  • 2/3 Cup Oil or Butter
  • Extra :
  • 2/3 Cup Strawberry Jam
  • 2 tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • Few Slices of Almond
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Pressed tart shell - no need to roll it outSpread the jam at the bottom of the tartPour in the almond mixer in the pie tart shell
Pressed tart shell - no need to roll it out
Pressed tart shell - no need to roll it out | Source
Spread the jam at the bottom of the tart
Spread the jam at the bottom of the tart | Source
Pour in the almond mixer in the pie tart shell
Pour in the almond mixer in the pie tart shell | Source

Basically, we need a shortcrust pastry dough. You can use your own favorite recipe, or buy a ready made one, or use my recipe which is quite easy to make. For those who know me, would know that I always like to use recipes that are simple and easy.
Here are the steps for the shortcrust pastry, my style:

Preparing the Pastry for the tart:

Put all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Cut in the butter and rub it into the flour with your fingers. It should resemble crumbs.
Add the egg and mix it in. (Pic. 3)
Take a tart pan with a removable bottom. Grease it.
Put the dough into the tart pan and press it all around and to the bottom with your fingers. (see pic.4).
Place the tart pan in the middle of the preheated oven set at 315 F for 15 min.

After it's done take it out of the oven and spread the jam gently on it. I prefer to put the jam when the pastry is still hot, as it melts the jam a little. Set it aside. (Pic. 5)

Preparing the Filling:

If you are using butter then melt it first. Put all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat it with a spatula. You can use a hand mixer if you want, but I prefer to use the spatula, and you don't need to mix it that much. When everything is wet at there aren't any dry spots, spoon it out over the tart taking care not to mix the jam into it. Gently spread it out to cover completely (see the pic. 6).
Sprinkle the almond slices on top and put it in the open, middle rack, at 350 F for 35 min.
After 35 min. Insert a knife in the middle of the tart. The knife should come out almost clean. The tart is supposed to be slightly soft in the middle.....
Take it out, and let it cool. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the tart if you desire. I find the tart pretty sweet so I skip the powdered sugar. You may serve it warm or cold, both ways it's absolutely delicious!

Final product
Final product | Source

Some Background:


As history goes, Bakewell Tart was first introduce in the town of Bakewell, in England. The video below shows the history of this desert along with the controversies that still exist about this wonderful Tart! Enjoy......

Town Of Bakewell

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Great recipe inspired by a UK bakery. I would skip too much sweet, but this one is hard to let go. Thanks for sharing!

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      Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

      This recipe looks so good. Lovely photos! Voted up and Awesome!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Joseph! Thanks for stopping by. I do hope you try this recipe, it's bit on the sweet side, but really good!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey there, Sinea Pie! Love your pen name :) Thanks for the comment, and the votes! I hope you do get to try it :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Oh dear, this looks scrumptious! I loved the video as well. We have a similar fruit tart but I'll have to try these.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting +++

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      I love tarts and would certainly give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing. The recipe is easy to follow and understand. Voted up!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This looks really good and not too difficult to prepare. Thank's for sharing...

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I love bakewell tarts but never attempted to make one. Your recipe looks so easy that it inspires me to make my own.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Mary! Thanks for leaving a dilicious comment :) Yeah, I have tried the peach tart with the almond paste. That is also pretty good.

      Thanks for all the votes, hugs from here! Be well.....

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      I love the photo at the top of this hub. Bakwell is not a taste I like but your recipe looks good. Thank you.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for he great recipe and background. My daughter bakes me tarts.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi there, Lena! Welcome to my corner..... I hope you like the tart, and thanks you for all your support :) See you soon!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hello, Ruby! Appreciate your stopping by. Hope you do give it a try. Thanks for your comment and sharing :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      LOL, I hope you do give it a try. It's simple but delicious! Thanks for all your help...... Take care!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Lizam...... I am glad you stopped by even if you don't like the taste of this tart, LOL! It does have a strong almond taste, which is, actually my favorite...... I appreciate your dropping in, anyway :)

      Have a good weekend.....

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey, MH, good to see you..... Hope your daughter will try this out, and I hope you like it :)

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Now this is a recipe i could sink my teeth into ! Awesome recipe and easy to make .

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted UAIB and shared. 5 stars also. Shared also. This is an awesome recipe! Great work on the pics, directions, ect. I haven't heard of them before, but boy do they look delicious. It also sounds great. Love all the ingredients so this is something I will be sure to try:) Awesome hub.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow...with all of those almonds in it...how could it not be delicious! Thanks for your recipe. Up votes!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      The picture looks good enough to eat. I can smell the tart and it is luscious!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have never made bakewell tart and it's one of my favourites, looking forward to trying your recipe - fabulous thank you and voted up

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks Kashmir, for everything! It's always good to see you :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi Ricky, thanks for stopping by...... This is one of my favorite dessert. I hope you do get to try it. Thanks for all the votes and sharing, really appreciate it!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Peggy! LOL..... I love almonds and over the years I have changed the recipe a lot, and the increase in the quantity of almond was one of the first thing I changed :) You can adjust to your liking. Thanks for the vote!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      LOL, POPS! Great to see you here..... Maybe, we can serve the at one of your breakfast meets, :)

      See you soon!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey Lesley, wonderful to see you here! This is from your part of the world :) Hope you do try it out, AND like it! Appreciate your votes.....

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      looks extra yummy.. but how did I miss this hub? didn't show up on my feed..:( nevertheless voted up and rated a high five!!!!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey Frank, glad you stopped by! I am not getting lot of the notifications too. Wonder what is going on?!

      Thanks for all the votes and the High Five :))

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      OH my this sounds so good!!! I'm going to have to make this, thank you ^_^ Voting this up, useful, awesome and beautiful... I'd pin it too but pinterest isn't letting me pin from hubpages today.. :/

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Mama Kim! Good to see you here! Hope you like it..... Appreciate all your votes, and thanks for 'trying' to share it :))

      Have a good one!

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      Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

      Sounds like a pretty easy and promising recipe for a new dessert.....I also enjoyed the video and found it interesting to see the friendly competition in the town....I will have to give the recipe a try to let you know how the kids like it....voted up and useful.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi Cogerson! Thanks for dropping in and hope you do try the recipe. It's easy but looks like you have worked on it all day :)

      Appreciate your votes! See you around, Bruce!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi LaThing, your Recipe sounds Delicious, and I have such a Sweet Tooth... this could fill the bill! I will try it! Thanks for sharing.

      I now look forward to Following your Hubs!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks, b. Malin, for stopping by and for your lovely comment! Hope you enjoy this dessert..... Looking forward to following you too :)

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      My sister absolutely loves making Tarts for the holidays. I think she would like this recipe a lot! I'll send her the link on facebook :) I know I'll be eating this because of my outrageous sweet tooth...haha

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      I guess, tarts are a women thing! Unless you are a chef :) This is a great tart for the holidays, very impressive! Hope she does make it, Kieth, and you do get to try it. Or you can always come over to ours for the holidays :))

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hello LaThing...this is different, but your hub caught my interest as I've always wondered what these delicious little tarts are and how to make them and now I no...I love pastry almost as much as I love chocolate...well nearly... so thank you so much & can't wait to try...voted U U A & shared

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      Matthew Kirk 4 years ago from Liverpool

      So nice! Glad you missed the icing like some people use! Makes it a little more savoury! Next Melton and Mowbray pork pie?

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Carter! I am glad you stopped by. I love these tarts, and it's so much better when you make your own! Chocolate? That's another story, lol....

      Thanks for the votes :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey, Matt, good to see you! I kind of always skip the icing, it makes the tart too sweet..... The Jam is enough! Melton And Mowbray, LOL..... I will leave that for you. After all, you are a better baker than I am :)

      Thanks for the comment....

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Okay, I'll confess that I am not much of a cook but I do enjoy attempts at baking! I believe I even have a tart pan, although again, I don't think I've ever actually used it and I wondered what the difference was between a tart pan and pie pan? It is just the fluting or is it a little shorter also? It looks delicious!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      LOL! Malissa, first of all let me thank you for stopping over even if you don't know the difference between the tart pan and a pie pan :) don't worry, I was the same way, didn't know the difference between a tart and a pie.... Hehe

      And I will let you in on a secret, I have used a pie pan, a cake pan, and a roasting pan for this tart, and they all taste the same :) So, use any pan you want...... I hope you do get to try it. It's actually pretty easy, and delicious.

      See you around :)

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      jmartin1344 4 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      At work we have a weekly thing where someone from our teams makes breakfast on a wednesday (we take turns). Well this recently ended, and switched to comfort foods. I am the only British person ar work so this being a British classic dessert that I love so much I plan to use this recipe! My turn is coming up!!

      I'm not exactly a master chef so hopefully I do your great hub some justice!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      That's a great tradition! Hope your co-workers love it. I am not a master chef either, and I like keeping things simple; you can't go wrong here. This will be a wonderful intro. to British desserts! Now, go get those Yankees! :)

      Thanks for stopping in!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      This looks yummy. I found myself bookmarking it before I even finished reading it. The holidays are a time when I bake lots of goodies and I always try to add a few new ones each year. Bingo...this is one I will try for sure. Thank you for sharing... Sending Angels your way :) ps

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for adding it to your dessert menu for the holidays. I am sure you will not be disappointed! Enjoy it with your family :)

      Have a great day!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fabulous photos, video, history and recipe! I sure hope the town of Bakewell appreciates your shout-out to them :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Linda! I sure hope so :))

      Really appreciate your visit, and comment. Have a wonderful and festive new year. Take care!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Voted up/useful. Looks very delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks, Rajan! Glad you stopped by...... Hope you will try to make it :)

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Nice recipe! Yes, I love these too, they were my favourites in South Africa, growing up.

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      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      La Thing very nicely written recipe and step by step pictures does make it look so easy.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Vickiw! Thanks for stopping by...... So, it's a favorite is South Africa too! Hope you will try them at home :)

      Appreciate your comment......

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi there, sweetie1! Yes, this recipe is pretty easy..... I only make things that are easy, LOL! Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Take care..... :)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      This looks just scrumptious ! Grounded almonds are so good in dessert!

      Voted up and beautiful (because of your picture).... I would also vote as delicious.... but hubpages doesn't have that category!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi there, Joelle! Welcome to my corner...... Glad you liked this hub. I love desserts with ground almonds. Thanks for all the votes, and I will take that delicious category too. :)

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