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.
This month the fabulous Daring Bakers challenged us to make a Bakewell tart. A Bakewell tart is an English dessert made up of a pie crust, jam, and frangipane--an almond custard. I don't think I've ever had a Bakewell tart, but I've seen them in grocery stores and bakeries all over England. I wasn't sure how this tart was going to taste; it sounds so simple and is rather unassuming looking.
This Bakewell tart recipe is very easy--make a shortcrust pastry, and then whip up the frangipane in the mixer. The frangipane does not have to be cooked before being poured into the tart crust. I used an apricot jam, which though not the most traditional choice, work out really well as almonds and apricots are wonderful together. To decorate the tart I used unsweetened whipped cream, sliced fresh apricots, and slivered almonds.
The tart came out of the oven all browned, bubbly and gorgeous. I let it cool overnight before cutting. And the taste? The taste was really nice, a pronounced almond flavor with some apricot in the background. The only thing I would change the next time I make it would be to cut back on the sugar--probably by at least 1/3. The filling was a bit too sweet for my taste. Good, but sweet. Serving the tart with unsweetened whipped cream helped temper the sweetness.
Please see Jasmine's blog, Confessions of a Cardamom Addict http://cardamomaddict.blogspot.com/ and Annemarie's blog, Ambrosia and Nectar http://divineambrosia.blogspot.com/ for the full recipe.
Also, please check-out the Daring Cooks site to find all the other talented bakers. http://thedaringkitchen.com/
Nice touch the apricot.ReplyDelete
Your tart looks perfect! Great job!ReplyDelete
Yum! Your tart looks awesome =D. Great job with this challenge!!ReplyDelete
What a pretty tart! Great job!ReplyDelete
MMMMmmmm apricot and almond must have been very, very nice! Great thinking! Very well done!ReplyDelete
The apricot pinwheel is so pretty. Thanks for participating.ReplyDelete
your tart is beautiful. apricot sounds deliciousReplyDelete
Fantastic looking cake you got there. Nice touch with the apricot decoration. Lovely.ReplyDelete
ah, I love the artful display of apricot on top—what an exquisite presentation! i have to say, nothing i’ve eaten to date has been too sweet for me, but thanks for the honest review! nicely done.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful tart! And beautifully decorated!ReplyDelete
That tart is perfection! Gorgeous job!ReplyDelete
Your tart looks gorgeous and perfect!ReplyDelete
Thank you for all the sweet comments!ReplyDelete