One of my family’s favourite bakes are jam tarts. My grandma used to make them for me when I was a little girl, and now I make them for my two little ones (and my hubby)! The only difference is that my kids especially love my pastry so I make the tarts quite thick, and we call them jam bakes.
My kids don’t particularly like mince pies, so I thought it would be nice to make some jam bakes with a festive twist this weekend!
Festive Jam bakes recipe – 350g (12 oz) plain flour, 3 tsp caster sugar, 1 tsp salt, 175g (6 oz) butter, 120ml COLD water and jam of your choice (Makes 12 bakes).
Begin by putting the flour, salt, sugar and butter into a bowl and mix until you have something similar to breadcrumbs.
Next, add the water slowly and mix until it forms a ball. (I always use my hands for this part). Then chill for 30 minutes in the fridge.
Once chilled, preheat your oven to 180c and grease a cake tray. Roll out the pastry then use cutters to cut out rounds. Place the rounds into your tray and cook for 10 minutes. Whilst they are cooking, use the remaining pastry to cut out some shapes for your toppers. I used a star cutter to give the bakes a more festive feel!
When the bake bases have cooked for the 10 minutes, take them from the oven and add some jam into the centre of the bases.
Add your topper to each of your bakes.
Cook for a further 10 minutes, until golden brown.
We ate our jam bakes with cream whilst watching a Christmas movie. A very yummy sweet treat!