BAKEWELL TART

“Forget supermarket versions – home-made is the way to go with this popular tart. I’ve included fresh raspberries here for a sharp contrast to the sweetness of the frangipane. A teatime treat, it’s also lovely as a dessert with cream. I usually make it in an oblong tin to slice into fingers, but it works well in a 23-cm round tin too.” – Paul Hollywood

Bakewell Tart
Makes 8 to 10 slices
Bake 45 minutes

Equipment
A 36- x 12-cm rectangular tart tin (or 23-cm round tart tin)

Pastry
200 g plain flour
2 Tablespoons icing sugar
100 g cold unsalted butter, diced
1 medium egg
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2–3 teaspoons ice-cold water

Frangipane filling
100 g unsalted butter
100 g caster sugar
2 large eggs
50 g plain flour
75 g round almonds
A drop of almond extract (optional)
100 g raspberry jam
100 g raspberries
20 g flaked almonds

To finish
Icing sugar, for dusting

1. To make the pastry, mix the flour and icing sugar together in a bowl. Add the butter and rub it in lightly with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix the egg with the lemon juice and 2 teaspoons water. Stir into the mixture with a round-bladed knife, adding another 1 tsp water if necessary. (Alternatively you can make it in a food processor, blitzing the flour, icing sugar and butter together, then adding the liquid.)

2. As the dough comes together, gently knead it into a smooth ball. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 15 minutes.

3. Heat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to a 3 mm thickness and use to line a 36 x 12 cm loose-bottomed tart tin (or a 23 cm round tin), leaving a little excess overhanging the edge.

4. Line the pastry case with baking parchment and fill with baking beans or dried beans. Bake blind for 12 to 15 minutes, until the pastry is dry to the touch. Remove the paper and beans and return the pastry case to the oven for about 5 minutes until very lightly colored. Trim away excess pastry from the edge. Turn the oven down to 180°C/Gas 4.

5. For the frangipane filling, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the flour, ground almonds and the almond extract, if using.

6. Spread the jam over the base of the pastry case and scatter over the raspberries. Top with the frangipane and spread evenly. Bake for 10 minutes, then scatter the flaked almonds on top and cook for a further 15 minutes until the filling is golden. Leave to cool in the tin before slicing. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

Adapted from Paul Hollywood’s British Baking by Paul Hollywood with permission from Bloomsbury Publishing. Text © Paul Hollywood, 2014. Photographs © Peter Cassidy, 2014.

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