Monday, July 6, 2009

Daring Bakers - Bakewell Tart…er…Pudding

The June Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar. 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.
Bakewell tarts…er…puddings combine a number of dessert elements but still let you show off your area’s seasonal fruits.

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.

For this challenge, I made three mini tarts. For one of them, I used mango jam (I know you're all shocked that I would slip in mangoes) and for the other two I used homemade caramel apple jam. I think the idea behind the tart .. er.. pudding, was to use a smooth jam, I just couldn't pass on the chunky apple jam. The result? Fantastic! I actually liked the apple version better than the mango version and plan on making this again when fall rolls around. Here, in Michigan, that could very well be the week after next! :)

The recipe calls for flaked almonds for the top, but I used sliced almonds because I had them in the cupboard. Here is what the inside of the mango tart looked like.

And the caramel apple jam version topped with whipped cream sweetened with brown sugar and a dusting of cinnamon. Yum! I seriously can't stop eating the tartlettes!

Please check out the Daring Bakers Blogroll to see other versions of the Bakewell Tart .. err .. Pudding. Here is the recipe I use for the Caramel Apple Jam.


Anonymous said...

Two questions for you:
1. are there any left?
2. will there be any left in 9 hours? (the time it will take me to drive from my office to yours)


Audax said...

Mangoes and then caramel/apple tarts... er....puddings. Wow they look lovely and nice work on this late late late DBers challenge. Though they only check on the 7th so might of squeezed in the deadline. Cheers from Audax in Australia

Anonymous said...

Your tart looks perfect!

TeaLady said...

That looks just perfect. And with mango. Very tropical.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I wish I could eat almonds solely so I could eat this version- the caramel apple with whipped cream and cinnamon would actually make a superb thanksgiving dessert. I'll have to try out something similar!

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Snooky doodle said...

oh these look so good! I m drooling. I really like the chai cupcakes above. I d like to try the chai and banana combo. Really nice blog :)

Annette said...

OMG I don't know how I got to your blog but I am so glad that I did!! I have been searching for a recipe for this tart for so many years you would not believe it and I never knew what it was called.....LOL Thank you so much!!!!