Valentines Jam Tarts (from a single mum)
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!