Valentines Jam Tarts (from a single mum)

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Jam Tarts Valentines ( from a single mum)

As I am still and inevitably single (implacably bossy and too comfortable in my own skin perhaps? Plus my face can never lie and if I think someone is an idiot they have a pretty good idea about it immediately…) I try and help my grand-children show their appreciation of their beautiful and wonderful mother at this time of year. What better than with a Jam Tart for Valentines.

I think you could use these little love heart tarts to cheer up even the most curmudgeonly partner or intended though…adding a little humour to the proceedings?

Or just bake them for yourself…no sharing. There are definite upsides to being single.

Valentine Jam tarts (with or without kids help)

For the pastry:

250g plain flour

125g butter, from the fridge and cubed

1 x free range egg, beaten

Splash of cold water if needed.


1 x  340g jar of best quality strawberry/raspberry jam



If you don’t have an Aga pre-heat your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6

When ready bake the tarts in the middle of your oven and place the little hearts above but stick to the suggested baking times.

To make the pastry:

  • Place the flour and cubed butter in a large bowl and rub together with your fingertips until they resemble fine bread crumbs.
  • Add the beaten egg to combine and if necessary a splash of cold water.
  • Roll the pastry out to thickness to the generous side of a pound coin.
  • Cut using a cookie cutter cut out 12 circles and press the discs into a cup cake tray. Place the tray into the fridge for half an hour to allow it to rest.
  • Place your jam jar on the back of the Aga to warm through to soften and loosen it.
  • Using the scraps of pastry cut out some heart shapes and lay these flat on a tray lined with bake-o-glide…also pop into the fridge for a bit to rest.
  • When ready spoon 1-2 tsp of jam into the pastry case…do not over fill as spillages will occur when it bubbles up.
  • Lay the baking tray with heart shapes on the floor of the baking oven if you have one for about 10-15 minutes. If you don’t have a baking oven lay them on the floor of the roasting oven for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • Put the grid shelf on the floor of the roasting oven and place your tray on top and bake for 15-18 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes before carefully removing them to a wire rack to finish cooling completely. At this stage place your heart shapes on top.
  • When completely cool you could ice the little hearts and add a strawberry for decoration…its up to you!