Nov 19 2012

Bakewell Tart

bakewell tart katherines cornerIt’s Thanksgiving holiday week here in the US and I am sharing something from England, go figure, giggle. I have dual citizenship with the US and UK so it is fun to blend yummy foods! In addition to the traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday foods I hope you will give this tart a try. It  is also a lovely treat for afternoon tea. The Bakewell Tart is a simple recipe that originated in the quaint country town of Bakewell in England. Enjoy.



What you need

For the pastry

3/4 Cup flour (sifted)

1/4 Cup almonds (finely ground)

1 Stick ( 4 oz) unsalted cold butter ( cut in bits)

Pinch of salt

2-3 tbsp. cold water

1 Egg white ( beaten)

Raspberry Jam ( or any berry jam)


4 Small tart pans ( or one large one 8”)


Food Processor

Nonstick cooking spray

Rolling pin

Parchment paper

Pastry weight ( see Katies tid bits at the bottom of the recipe if you do not have a pastry weight)

Baking sheet

Basting brush

Before You Start- This recipe requires some refrigeration

Lets Make It! Combine flour, ground almonds and a pinch salt into a food processor and add the butter. Pulse the butter into the flour almond mixture until it looks like coarse sand (and there are no large lumps of butter left.0 Then add one tablespoon of water at a time until in resembles dough. Remove from food processor and bring the pastry together into a ball and place it into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.- Then prepare a flour dusted area for kneading and spray the tart pan/s with nonstick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 325°. Using a rolling pin (remember to lightly flour it before you roll the dough out) roll out the dough to about 1/4″ thick and line your tart pans with the dough and trim off the excess. Prick the bottom all over with a fork, and then place it back in the refrigerator for another 15 minutes. Lay a piece of parchment paper on top of the pastry in the tart pan/s and place your pastry weight on top of the parchment paper ( this will keep the dough from rising in the center while it bakes .)Place tart pan/s onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and remove parchment paper, using a basting brush, brush the inside bottom of the tart with the beaten egg white. Place it back into the oven for another 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and spread jam on the base of the tart and set aside to let cool. Now it’s time to make the filling.

What you need for the filling

1 1/2 Sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)

3/4 Cup super fine sugar (or caster sugar)

3 Medium eggs and 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten

1 1/2 cups ground almonds

Zest of 1 medium lemon

2 tbsp ground almonds

Powdered sugar (for dusting the tops)

Electric Mixer

Mixing bowl

Combine butter and sugar in a bowl and beat on medium speed using an electric mixer until creamy. Add the eggs a little at a time. Using a fork add the ground almonds and lemon zest and gently fold into the mixture. Place the mixture into the prepared tart pan/s. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon ( do not press to hard) Place back onto baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Then sprinkle the sliced almonds onto the tops of the tarts and bake for another 20 minutes. Let cool and dust with powdered sugar.

Serves 4-6

Katie’s Tid Bits- if you do not have a pastry weight use dry beans. 

Do you have a favorite traditional recipe for the holidays?


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  1. Ms. A

    That might go pretty good with coffee, too!

  2. michelle @ this little light

    Oh boy, that looks good. Wish I were more of a baker! Or that I lived next door to YOU! :)

  3. Judy Haughton-James

    This certainly looks delicious Katie! I love pastry. Thanks for sharing on Creative Monday. Have a great week and Thanksgiving.

  4. thisisme

    Yes Katy, we certainly love our bakewell tarts over here in England!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  5. Annie

    Oh, this looks too good! Thank you for the recipe!

  6. Beverly

    I’ll close my eyes and pretend that I am having one with my cup of coffee this morning.♥

  7. jennifer fay

    Yum. Put that on my Dec. List!

  8. Melissa

    Oh my goodness Katherine! These look so good…! =)

  9. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    Not sure how well I’d do making them, but I have had real tarts in England before!

  10. Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods

    Ooooh delicious! The photos make it look so scrumptious! I love to make cookies during the holidays and my family has a cookie exchange. It’s a great way to try out lots of different recipes.

  11. Marla Martenson

    That looks amazing!!!!!

  12. Theresa

    Oh how I need a tart pan so I can make these! Yum! Come by & share on my link up if you wish. & yes I am pinning this.

  13. Grey

    Oh yum! This is a great post–I am not a baker, but your instructions are terrific–I can do this!

  14. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    It looks so delicious.

  15. heather

    Oh yummy! These look SO good!

  16. Kris

    Oh my, those look so yummy! I was just looking at tart pans this weekend and thinking about trying to make some tarts. I’ve never tried to make them and I’m not very good at making pie crusts. I guess the only way to get good at it would be to practice. Ha

  17. shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    I love tarts…yours looks so amazingly delicious!….
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!!

  18. Snoodles

    Oooh, you had me at the almonds and lemon in the filling! Yum!

  19. Jann Olson

    These look yummy Katherine. I love tarts! I have to have Pecan and Coconut Cream pie for Thanksgiving. A sliver of each does me fine. And then again the following day for breakfast. lol! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  20. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Nothing better to share with a good friend over coffee than a bakewell tart.

  21. SallyAnn

    This looks sooooooo yummy Katherine. I posted it on my Pinterest board. Here is the link http://pinterest.com/billsgal/thanksgiving-season/

  22. Jan Tanis

    Oh Katherine, these sound divine! And with tea…I would love it!


  23. claire

    Hi thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays,I love Bakewell tart, my husband and son did a race in Bakewell a few years ago and both won a Bakewell tart each = a very happy me :) have a lovely week ….

  24. Sarah @ Alderberry Hill

    Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill, you are being featured later today!!

  25. Julie Fiato

    Hi Katherine… What a beautiful tart! I find this strange…me commenting on your link up! …I really like it ;) Thank you so much for stopping over. It means so much to me. Have a wonderful night! ~ Julie XOXO

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