Recipe revival: Cherry Bakewell tarts

Box of chocolates... Sooo last year, a teddy bear holding a heart... A little bit naff and a dozen red roses... Lovely, but a bit of a cliche. Want something quirky to present your loved one/s with this Valentine's day? How about a tasty batch of Cherry Bakewells (yum!) See our vintage inspired recipe for you to revive below...

                                                                          Another vintage woman baking      
500g pack dessert pastry
flour, for dusting 
For the filling...
125g/4oz butter, softened
125g/4oz caster sugar
100g/3½oz ground almonds
1tsp almond extract
1 egg, lightly beaten
50g/2oz self-raising flour
about 2-3tbsp cherry jam 
For the topping...
175g/6oz icing sugar
12 fresh or glacé cherries
What you will need...
10-12 lightly greased small deep tartlet tins
  1. Preheat oven to gas mark 5/190°C (170°C in a fan oven). Roll pastry out and cut out rounds, line tins, then line with parchment paper and beans. Bake for 10 mins, remove beans and paper.
  2. Add butter and sugar to bowl and beat until creamy. Add ground almond and almond extract, egg and flour, and beat.
  3. Add 1tsp jam to each pastry, top with almond mixture and bake for 15-20 mins. Remove from oven and leave to cool. Mix icing sugar with 1tbsp warm water, spread over each tart, top with heart shape cherries and leave to set.
  4. And voila you are now ready to add to a heart shaped tin and decorate as you wish!


Cherry bakwells - v day

Serving Suggestion... Your person or people of choice to spend Valentine's day with, a glass of fizz and our beautiful Bordeaux Dress!
 For more Valentine's day style ideas, see here
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