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Queen of Hearts Tarts
Learn how to make Queen of Heart tarts for a fun heart themed food! These heart shaped jam tarts are perfect if you want a sweet treat for an Alice in Wonderland party, a Valentine's Day surprise or simply for someone you love,
Heart jam tarts are really easy to make, whether you use ready-to-roll shortcrust pastry or choose to make your own. Here you'll find an easy Queen of Hearts Tarts recipe, along with ideas for presentation and other heart jam tart recipes.
Serve these for your loved one on Valentine's Day, make them a centerpiece sweet treat at your Alice in Wonderland party (or other heart-themed party) or make them as a fun surprise for the family!
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The Queen of Hearts, She Made Some Tarts
Originally published in 1782
"The Queen of Hearts
She made some tarts,
All on a summer's day;
The Knave of Hearts
He stole those tarts,
And took them clean away.
The King of Hearts
Called for the tarts,
And beat the knave full sore;
The Knave of Hearts
Brought back the tarts,
And vowed he'd steal no more."
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- Prep time: 5 min
- Cook time: 25 min
- Ready in: 30 min
- Yields: 3-6
- 16 oz Ready-to-roll shortcrust pastry
- 15 -18 tsp Strawberry or raspberry jam
- A sprinkle of icing sugar
- 1 large and 1 small heart-shaped cookie cutter (ideally 2 sizes that have about 1cm of space between them when placed one inside the other)
- This is the recipe I use to make mine at home. We only want a few at a time and with a small toddler I don't have much time, so this is the super quick and easy version using ready-made pastry. However, if you would like to make yours from scratch, check out the recipe links further down the page. This makes about 6 large tarts depending on the size of your cookie cutters, so if you're making these for a party, double/triple etc the ingredients to make the amount you need.
- 1, Preheat the oven to 230C (Gas mark 8)
- 2. Roll out your shortcrust pastry on a floured board. Using your large cookie cutter, cut out 6 large hearts
- 3. Place them on a greased baking tray and spread your jam reasonably thickly in the center of each one, leaving approximately 1cm around the edge free from jam. Wet the edges slightly with some water
- 4. Roll your pastry out again. Cut out a heart shape by using both cookie cutters this time - press down with your large cutter, then place the smaller cutter inside (aim to be as central as possible) and press that one down too. Repeat 5 times. Carefully remove the outer large heart outlines and place them on top of your 6 large hearts
- 5. Pinch them down around the edges to seal and prevent any jam from leaking
- 6. Bake the tarts for about 25 minutes
- 7. Cool on a wire wrack and sprinkle with icing sugar to serve
- TOP TIP: Use your leftover heart centers to make jammy parcels by putting some jam on three of them and using the other three as tops (remember to pinch down the edges!). You can bake them at the same time as your tarts.
Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters
Cookie cutters are a staple of the home baker's kitchen and hearts are a staple of your cutter collection! They are great for parties, special events, Valentine's Day. romantic surprises, kids - it is a very versatile shape!
I have a set very similar to this one and use the largest and third largest cutters for the tarts. This is a lovely set with pretty packaging that would make an ideal gift, too, and comes with 5 sizes of heart, so perfect for all kinds of biscuits, cookies, sandwiches, pastry shapes and more.
Serving your Queen of Hearts Tarts
The Queen of Hearts and her tarts were first made famous by the poem written by an anonymous author, that was published in 1782. It later became more famous due to its inclusion in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, in Chapter XI: Who Stole the Tarts?
The rhyme is given as evidence in the trial of the Knave of Hearts, who stands accused of stealing the queen's tarts.
Photo Credit: Jam Tarts by Wiccked,
courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
You can make these fun tarts anytime as a treat for the kids or a romantic gesture for your other half, but they make a superb special treat for a heart-themed occasion, such as Valentine's Day or a party.
You could serve these on a heart-shaped platter, or with other heart-shaped food on Valentine's Day, such as chocolates and cookies. Or present a complete course of heart-shaped food! There are lots of heart-shaped molds and cutters available including those suitable for chocolates, eggs, pancakes, sandwiches and more. You can also buy heart-shaped pasta, so perhaps a creamy Valentine pasta followed by these sweet tarts is on the menu?
If you are making these with an Alice in Wonderland theme in mind, here are some ideas to combine with your tarts!
Serve your Tarts as the Queen of Hearts!
What better way to serve your heart tarts than by wearing a Queen of Hearts' very own crown? This red and black finery features fleur de lis, heart, gems and a marabou trim. It has a velcro fixing so the size can be adjusted to fit both children and adults.
Bring out your delicious tarts and warn your party throng that they had better enjoy them or else you may declare "Off with their heads!"
Queen of Hearts Costume Ideas and Accessories
More Heart Jam Tarts Recipes
- Jam Tart Hearts
Make scrumptious heart jam tarts from scratch as well as jammy parcels and mincemeat hearts with this lovely recipe blog
- Queen of Hearts Valentine Jam Tarts
Another terrific "from scratch" recipe with some alternative user suggestions too.
- Alice in Wonderland Jam Tarts
Ok, not heart shaped, but Alice in Wonderland inspired jam tarts from Icons - A Portrait of England
Alice in Wonderland Party Supplies
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