They chose a Traditional (UK) Bakewell Tart... er... pudding that was inspired by a rich baking history dating back to the 1800's in England.
Like many regional dishes there’s no “one way” to make a Bakewell Tart…er…Pudding, but most of today’s versions fall within one of two types. The first is the “pudding” where a layer of jam is covered by an almondy pastry cream and baked in puff pastry. The second is the “tart” where a rich shortcrust pastry holds jam and an almondy sponge cake-like filling.
We were challenged to make a combination of the two: a sweet almond-flavoured shortcrust pastry, frangipane and jam.
Some fun facts -
The name is believed to have come from a customer who decided that the tart was "baked well" thus the inn called it their "Bakewell" tart, a pun on the town of Bakewell and a well baked tart.
> Mix together the flour, butter, sugar,soda and salt. Rub between your fingers till the mixture resembles large breadcrumbs. > Add the water, continue mixing, then knead into a ball. Place in the fridge for 1 hour. > Grease a flan/tart tin (approx 22cm). Preheat oven to 400F. > Roll out the pasty thinly and transfer to the tin. Trim the edges.
Prep time: 10-15 minutes
1/2 cup Butter 1/2 cup sugar 2 tsp Cornflour 4 tbsp APF 1/2 cup ground almonds
2 drops vanilla essence
Cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Beat in the cornflour and stir in the flour, almonds and cream. I added some milk since it was too thick - just to make it a bit thicker than cake batter.
Assembling the tart :
Preheat oven to 200C/400F.Remove shell from freezer, pierce with fork all over and blind bake for 10 mins .
Now, remove it , let it cool and spread as even a layer as you can of jam onto the pastry base. Top with frangipane, spreading to cover the entire surface of the tart.
Smooth the top and pop into the oven for 40 minutes. Five minutes before the tart is done, the top will be poofy and brownish.
Remove from oven and strew flaked almonds on top and return to the heat for the last five minutes of baking.[I missed this step, the almonds on top wouldve been nice touch]