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 Easy Jam Tarts Recipe


These jam tarts are easy to make and taste homemade.

They can be covered completely with pastry or latticed as in our picture above. 

KEY POINTS

 Preparation Time: 30 minutes  Cooking Time:   25 minutes
 How Difficult  Easy  Freeze?   No
 Servings

10 cakes

Remember to supervise your children whilst they are cooking.

INGREDIENTS
55g / 2oz Cooking margarine (e.g. Stork)

55g / 2oz refined vegetable fat (e.g. Cookeen)

110g / 8oz plain flour

Any flavour jam

Cake baking tray and pastry cutter(see pics below).

NOTE: You can use all cooking margarine (e.g. Stork) instead of Stork and Cookeen. Using both however gives a slightly lighter shortcrust pastry.

COOKING METHOD

YOUR CHILD

  THE ADULT
Jam tarts ingredients   You will need to measure out the ingredients or at least help your child to do so.

It's a bit easier if the Sork and Cookeen have been taken from the fridge half an hour ealier.


YOUR CHILD - Place the Cookeen, Stork and flour in a mixing bowl and mix them all together with your fingers until you have a mainly crumbly mixture. The odd lump or two will not spoil the pastry. Click the picture to enlarge it.  


Mixing shortcrust pastry


YOUR CHILD -Add 3 tablespoons of water to the pastry mix and "cut" it in with a blunt knife.  


Cut water into shortcrust pastry mixture


YOUR CHILD - With your hands form the pastry mix into a ball shape, This will take a minute or so. Add a tablespoons or so more water to the mix if it won't form a ball easily. Most of the bits from the side of the bowl can be cleaned off into the ball when the mixture is correct.  


Shortcrust pastry ball


YOUR CHILD -Wrap the pastry mix in cling film and place in the fridge for thirty minutes.

Dust the work surface with flour, take the pastry mix from the fridge and flatten it slightly with your hands.

 


Shortcrust pastry from the fridge

You - Pre-heat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4
YOUR CHILD - Use a rolling pin to flatten out the pastry to approximately cm (one tenth inch)

Keep turning the pastry round every few rolls to stop it sticking to the work surface.

 


Rolling out shortcrust pastry


YOUR CHILD - Use the pastry cutter to cut out pastry circles which are just larger than the holes in the baking tray. Firm each pastry circle into a hole in the baking tray.
Fill each pastry with a teaspoon of jam.
 


Jam into jam tarts

 
YOUR CHILD - Cut some strips from the remaining pastry and lay them on the tarts as shown in the picture on the right.  


Jam tarts cooked

YOU - Place the tarts in the pre-heated oven and cook for twenty minutes at 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4. Have a look at them and put them back in the oven for another five minutes or until they are light golden brown.

Eat up these tarts very fast
you can be sure they won't last!

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