Saturday, June 27, 2009

June Daring Bakers - Bakewell Tart - er- Pudding

June 27th is here and it is time to post another challenge!

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.

Considering how much I read British writers, you would think I'd have heard of it. Alas, no such luck. But it looked good! I chose to use Strawberry Jam and I ground my own almond flour. The recipe calls for icing sugar, and I almost goofed and put in regular sugar before I realized it was confectioner's sugar that was being called for.



I used comments from other people to make some changes. I blindbaked the crust, and instead of bringing it to room tempature, I used the heat of the crust to warm the jam, making it easier to spread. Looking at other pictures, I slightly increased the amount of jam called for, as I really like the jam layer. I was concerned that I would not get the lift I was looking for as the frangipane layer started to melt in the heat before I put it in the over, but that was not the case.



I loved the frangipane layer and the strawberry layer, but the cookie crust was a little tough. I don't know whether I did not measure the flour correctly or if the blind baking made it tougher. Overall this is a keeper and looks really impressive!

7 comments:

Melissa said...

Great job! I had never heard of a Bakewell Tart either, but it turns out they're pretty good, aren't they?

Claire said...

Glad you enjoyed it. I hadn't heard of this either. I'm afraid to think of what my crust would have looked like if I had blind baked it!

lisamichele said...

I wish I had used more jam, but next time I'll know better! Lovely job on the tart, as it looks lovely and delicious!

raistlinette said...

I think that this is definitely my favourite recipe from DB so far, it's so versatile. Your frangipane has a texture to die for!

Also, thanks for your comment on my blog!

DJM said...

You know, I'm not sure I've come across them in British mysteries either, and I also read a lot. Great job on the tart -- maybe I'll try blind baking next time.

isa said...

Looks delicious! I never hear of Bakewell tarts before. Lovely pictures. Great job on this challenge!

ice tea: sugar high said...

Yup, it's a first time for me too. It's one of my favourite tart now =). Your tart looks fabulous. Well done!