Christmas Bakewell Tart Recipe

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A Bakewell Tart is such a classic British recipe that I thought I’d try baking with a festive twist using Christmas jam instead of traditional raspberry jam for a lovely festive twist with this Festive Bakewell Tart. I thought this would be a great alternative to mince pies but if you’d rather, you can use normal jam for a classic bake like a traditional bakewell tart from Bakewell or you could even use mincemeat for a real festive taste.

Festive Bakewell Tart Recipe
Festive Bakewell Tart

Do I have to make my own pastry for the Festive Bakewell Tart?

You can make your own pastry case for this Christmas tart but I like to use ready made ones to save time – plus I’m a little bit useless at making pastry! If you have the pastry making skills needed then feel free to make your own tart case using all the classics – plain flour, sugar, butter and a well used tart tin all on a lightly floured surface! You could even make individual festive bakewell tarts if you wanted.

Festive Bakewell Tart Recipe
Festive Bakewell Tart Slice

This is such a classic recipe – and we went all the way to Bakewell to get one. This twist on a traditional bakewell tart recipe is a classic almond topped tart with a frangipane filling but you can also top it with glace icing and decorate it with cherries for an iced tart or festive Cherry Bakewell instead.

When should I have this Festive Bakewell Tart?

We love to enjoy this tart as an afternoon tea treat – and it’s lovely with a cup of tea. But you can also have it for dessert and it’s perfect for taking to a festive gathering, school bake sale or dinner party. It’s a really lovely Christmas pudding.

The festive tart can be enjoyed plain, just as it is with all the flavours of the almonds and jam. But, it could also be enjoyed with custard, ice cream or cream for a more decadent bake, giving it a real dessert feel and flavour.

A classic bakewell pudding is one of my most favourite bakes and it gives a really impressive finish without needing any real skill in the kitchen. It’s easy to bake, smells amazing and it’s something the whole family will enjoy. The Festive Bakewell Tart is a lovely bake for the festive season or a Classic Tart can be enjoyed all year round.

If you’re looking for other festive bakes to make why not try our Mincemeat Bakewell Tarts, Sponge Topped Mince Pies or Mince Pie fudge? You can see all our recipes using up leftover mincemeat here too.

Here’s our Festive Bakewell Tart Recipe:

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
  • Spread the preserve over the base of the pastry case.
  • Cream the margarine and sugar before adding the eggs and mixing well. You can do this by hand or in a food processor.
  • Add the almond extract and ground almonds, folding to add air to the mixture.
  • Pour into the tart shell and sprinkle the flaked almonds over the top.
  • Bake for approx 30 minutes until golden brown.
  • Leave to cool completely and then slice and serve. You can dust with icing sugar too if you like.

If you’d like to print or pin this Festive Bakewell Tart Recipe for later you can do so below. Enjoy!

Festive Bakewell Tart Recipe

A Bakewell Tart is such a classic recipe that I thought I’d try it with a festive twist using Christmas jam. If you’d rather, use normal jam for a classic bake. You can also make your own pastry case but I like to use ready made ones to save time – plus I’m a little bit useless at making pastry!
Course Afternoon Tea, Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword baking, cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 bakewell tart

Ingredients

  • Ready made sweet pastry case
  • 100 g Mackays Christmas Preserve with Mulled Wine
  • 100 g margarine
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 150 g ground almonds
  • 80 g self raising flour
  • 20 g flaked almonds

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4
  • Spread the preserve over the base of the pastry case.
  • Cream the margarine and sugar before adding the eggs and mixing well.
  • Add the almond extract and ground almonds, folding to add air to the mixture.
  • Pour into the pastry case and sprinkle the flaked almonds over the top.
  • Bake for approx 30 minutes until golden brown.

*Note: Nutritional information is estimated, based on publicly available data. Nutrient values may vary from those published.

Christmas Bakewell Tart

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