Wednesday 12 December 2018

Messy Jam Tarts

Collaborative Post

Jam tarts are a traditional treat, which plenty of us sample around Christmas time! As I've brought you an alternative to mince pies with my Christmas Star Bites, I thought I'd do an alternative to jam tarts by jazzing up the recipe a little!

Jam tarts with meringue and chocolate toppings

Want to try my Messy Jam Tarts? You will need.........
  • 1 tablespoon of butter or spread
  • Ready made pastry - £1.00
  • Santa Rosa Cherry Jam - £2.30 
  • Mini meringues - £1.59
  • Milk chocolate - £1.00
  • Baking tray
  • Chopping board
  • Pastry cutter
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Bowl
  • Wire rack
  • Greaseproof paper 
Ingredients and utensils listed

Preheat the oven to 180c and grease the baking tray using the butter/spread and greaseproof paper.

greased baking tray

Roll out the pastry on to the chopping board and use the cutter to cut out the pastry, lining the tray as you go. If you don't have a pastry cutter you can use a cup or mug instead.

pastry being cut with the cutter

pastry in the baking tray

Once the tray is full add a spoon full of the jam to each. As these tarts are going to have a sweet meringue topping I wanted to use a good quality jam that wouldn't lose it's flavour when baked. 

Open jar of jam being held

The Santa Rosa range by Ciao Gusto are ideal for these types of bakes and worth paying a little extra for. I used the cherry conserve and it is super tasty and full of fruit.

jam in the pastry case

jam in the pastry cases

Bake for 15-20 minutes on 180c until golden brown. 

baked jam tarts

Use the knife to remove the tarts from the baking tray and place on the wire rack for cooling. 

baked jam tarts

Whilst the jam is still lukewarm add a mini meringue. The warm jam will soften the bottom of it and keep it in place.

jam tarts with meringue tops

Place 9 cubes of the chocolate into a bowl and melt in a microwave or on a hob over a pan of water. Using a spoon or knife drizzle the chocolate over the tarts.

tarts with chocolate being drizzle over them

Leave to cool on the side or in the fridge. Once its set your tasty Messy Jam Tarts are ready for eating!

finished tarts

finished tarts

finished tarts

two tarts on a plate with one cut open


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