Iced Bakewell Tart

Ever since I visited Bakewell a couple of months ago and tasted the most delicious Bakewell tart at The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, I have wanted to have a go at baking one for myself. The classic Bakewell tart is a tasty combination of golden shortcrust pastry, light and fluffy almond cake and sweet strawberry jam. Pair this with a generous layer of icing and a few glac√© cherries for the perfect tea time treat. I found the iced Bakewell tart fairly simple to make and I was so impressed by how well it turned out; it's definitely one of my favourite things I have ever baked! I can imagine I will make this time and time again. This iced Bakewell tart is great for all occasions whether that be for a summer picnic, enjoyed with afternoon tea or served at a party and it is sure to be a showstopper that everyone will love.

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. 
2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out 300g of shortcrust pastry, making sure it is rolled out evenly and will fit the base and sides of the baking tray.
3. Next, carefully spread 3 tbsp of jam over the pasty base, any flavour jam will do!
4. Once you have spread the jam over the base, put to one side and place 100g of softened butter and 100g of caster sugar into a bowl and mix together until smooth and creamy. 
5. Next, beat in the 2 eggs one at a time, adding 1 tbsp of ground almonds after each one. 
6. Once the eggs have been stirred into the mixture, pour in the remaining 50g of ground almonds as well as 50g of self-raising flour and 1 tsp of almond extract and stir well.
7. Spoon the mixture over the jam, spreading to make an even layer.
8. Bake for around 35 minutes or until golden in colour.
9. Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tray.
10. Whilst the tart is cooling, mix together 200g of icing sugar into a small bow with three tablespoons of water to create a fairly thick icing to go on to the top.
11. Carefully remove the tart from the tray and evenly spread the icing across the top.
12. Decorate withglacé cherries for the tastiest iced Bakewell tart.

Top tips.
1. Spread a generous amount of sweet icing across the top of the Bakewell tart as this makes it more neat and tidy as well as making it tastier too.
2. You can make the pastry yourself, however, if you don't have enough time or you want to avoid any pastry disasters, then buying it ready made is just as good.
3. Experiment with different jams to find your perfect combination - I used strawberry which tasted great, but I think cherry jam could possibly be the perfect match.
4. Make sure you roll out the pastry bigger than you need it as you can trim it size.
5. If you're not baking for that many people then you could half the recipe and make bite sized cherry Bakewells, Mr. Kipling style.

Will you try making this tasty iced Bakewell tart? Let me know what your favourite things to bake are. Iced Bakewell tarts are my new favourite!

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