Pieday Friday recipe – Love heart jam tart

I have a feeling that jam tart is cockney-rhyming-slang for heart – or did I just make that up? Anyway, I’ve baked a batch of classic jam tarts and have added pastry love hearts lids to the top. Maybe you’ll have a go at making your own love-tarts for Valentines day, and if you do, I’d love to see the photos 🙂

Ingredients: 500 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting, 100 g sifted icing sugar, 250 g cubed butter, 2 large beaten egg, 1 splash milk, jam.

pieday friday jam tarts recipe jam baking for valentines day cooking

Method: Sieve the flour from a height into a large bowl and sieve the icing sugar on the top. Rub the cubes of butter into the flour and sugar to make a “breadcrumbs” texture. Add the beaten eggs and milk to the mixture and work it together till you have a ball of dough, flour it lightly and wrap it in clingfilm before putting it into the fridge to rest for half an hour. Flour your work surface and use a rolling-pin to roll out the pastry to the thickness of a pound coin, then cut into rounds with a fluted pastry cutter (or use the edge of a glass!).  Put into the pie tin and fill each case with the jam of your choice then top with a heart-shaped piece of pastry – use a cutter, or cut it free-hand with a knife as I did!

You can use this recipe to create lemon tarts too by adding lemon zest to the dry mixture and using lemon curd instead of jam! Let me know how you get on and tweet me your photos @CassiefairyTutu!

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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