Make traditional blackberry - Individual fruit jam tarts
Sweet blackberry jam tarts instantly bring back childhood memories, and summers spent in your grandmother's kitchen or holidays in the south of France. These indulgent desserts take it to an extra level though, with crumbly, buttery shortcrust pastry and a delicious sugar-free fruit jam filling.
Enjoy these on their own, fresh from the oven with a pot of tea – or for an even more indulgent treat, serve for dessert with a scoop of gorgeous, creamy mascarpone cheese.
Variations: try this recipe with different fillings - strawberry jam or peach and apricot - serve with fresh fruit
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Begin to add cold butter to the mixture, either by hand or using a food processor.
Combine egg yolk and double cream, slowly adding the mixture to the dough.
Wrap the dough in cling film or a damp cloth, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or more.
To assemble the tarts, remove the dough and let it settle at room temperature for 10-15 minutes. Roll out the dough into a large circle, at least 12” wide in diameter.
Use individual tart tins to cut tart rounds, leaving at least 1” extra than the size of the tin. Gently press the pastry dough into the tins to flatten, and trim away any excess. Leave tins to cool in the fridge for 30 minutes or so.
Preheat oven to 180C. Remove tins, and spoon blackberry jam into each tart, filling up to ¾ of the way from the top.
Bake tarts for 25 mins, or until the filling begins to bubble lightly, and the crust turns golden.
Remove and allow to cool completely, before serving. Perfect as a dessert dressed up with cream, cheese or ice-cream.
Did you know?
Cultivated blackberries are a known superfood. They have significant amounts of dietary fibre (5 grams per 100g), vitamin C (25% of RDA), and vitamin K.
Blackberries grow wild throughout most Europe. And are a favourite pastime to pick growing wild in the summer - despite the fact that the plants are still deemed to be weeds.
Blackberry fruits are bright red before they ripen, meaning that they are actually red when they are 'green'.
Did you know fruit spread is a 100% pure fruit jam - and typically does not contain any added cane sugar. As a result, not only are fruits spreads healthier, but they also often more flavoursome tasting of freshly picked regionally collected fruit flavours that are not overly sweet.
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