Queen of Tarts

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Do you ever find that traditional Christmas foods can get overdone or tiresome? Try replacing your mince pies for a few of these delightful strawberry tarts and add a bit of originality to your Christmas do. Although pastry is notoriously a bit of a pain in the bottom, these are quick and easy to make and are always a real winner!

The recipe makes around 12 depending on how big your cutter is.

Ingredients:

12 tsp strawberry jam (it can be any flavour that tickles your taste buds, or if you don’t like jam you could try Nutella and have chocolate tarts however I haven’t tried this!)

170g/6oz plain white flour, extra for dusting

85g/3oz butter, cubed

2-4 tbsp cold water (depending on how well the mixture binds together)

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 200°c/400F/Gas 6 (beware some ovens are hotter than others so remember to keep an eye on your tarts!)

2. Add the flour and butter cubes into a food processor and blend until they resemble breadcrumbs (you can do it without a food processor but I don’t like handling the pastry too much).

3. Slowly add the water, one tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is wet enough to hold together. Don’t add all of the water if you think it is wet enough already.

4. Lightly dust a surface with flour and roll out your pastry.

5. Cut out as many circle shapes as possible using a cutter. I used a cutter with a diameter of 7.5cm.

6. Grease a shallow cupcake tray and put your pastry cases in. Prick the base of them with a fork to prevent them puffing up.

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Ready to go in the oven!

7. Put the pastry cases in the oven for around 5-10 minutes until they have crisped up to avoid a soggy bottom!

8. Remove them from the oven and place almost a teaspoon full of jam into each case. Be careful not to overfill them as the jam expands in the oven.

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Add the jam…

9. Bake for around a further 10 minutes but this is up to personal preference really. I like them to be almost golden so I may bake them for 10-15 minutes.

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The finished product!

10. Eat them warm (they are utterly delightful warm) or cool and enjoy!

Lauren x

 

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