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How to Make a Delicious Jam Tart

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How to Make a Delicious Jam Tart

When you watch or read Alice in Wonderland, have you ever wondered why the Queen of Hearts made such a fuss about jam tarts? Well, once you’ve tasted them, you can hardly blame her!

When you watch or read Alice in Wonderland, have you ever wondered why the Queen of Hearts made such a fuss about jam tarts? Well, once you’ve tasted them, you can hardly blame her! Jam tarts are a sweet treat adored by millions. Whether it’s for a picnic, packed lunch or a tasty dessert, jam tarts are easy to make and bound to put a smile on your face. But how do you make jam tarts? That’s where we come in. In this article, discover tips on how to make the best jam tart.

This isn’t just any old jam tart recipe… With the combination of jam, cornflakes, and a hint of coconut – this school-dinner classic is bound to make you feel nostalgic. And with the addition of Lyle’s Golden Syrup, you can’t go wrong! With any tart, one of the most important things to get right is the pastry base. Here are some tips on how to make the perfect pastry for your cornflake tart.


Use cold butter

The normal method of making pastry is to rub flour and butter together with your fingers or a stand mixer until it looks like breadcrumbs. Using cold butter at this stage will lead to a delicious flaky pastry when it’s baked. Using room temperature butter could result in a soggy bottom – any Great British Bake Off fans will know that this is never good.


Don’t overmix your pastry

Make sure you don’t overmix your pastry, as it will make it too tough when it’s baked – which isn’t pleasant to eat. Mix your ingredients until they are just combined, don’t be tempted to keep going or you will over-mix them!


Chill your pastry before rolling or baking it Image

Chilling your pastry in the fridge before rolling out or baking allows the gluten in the pastry to relax. This means it’s more likely to keep its shape while baking.


Prick the pastry base with a fork

Use a fork to poke holes across your pastry base. This helps the pastry keep its shape while chilling and baking, and also stops the centre of your base from rising when you bake it.


Don’t add too much liquid to your pastry

The liquid used in most pastry recipes is to bring the mixture together, adding too much liquid will make your pastry mixture very sticky – which will be almost impossible to roll out and place in your tart dish.


Use rice or baking beans to blind bake your pastry

Most tart recipes will want you to blind bake the pastry base. The best way to do this is to completely cover your pastry base in greaseproof paper, then add baking beans on top and bake it in the oven. Baking beads weigh your base down and stop the centre of it from puffing up or shrinking while it’s baking. If you don’t have baking beans, rice works just as well! Now you have these tips in your arsenal, take a look at the recipe for our cornflake tart and get baking!

If you don’t want jam in your tarts, that’s ok, we won’t judge – much! There are plenty of delicious tart recipes you can make without jam, we’ve pulled together some of our favourites…


Easy treacle tart

This British classic features the amazing flavours of our famous Lyle’s Golden Syrup, with a zesty citrus kick.


Hazelnut treacle tart

If you’re looking for a twist on the classic treacle tart, look no further! This recipe features hazelnuts and ginger, taking a treacle tart to a whole new level.


Chocolate and pecan tart

This silky-smooth chocolate tart will leave you, and your loved ones, wanting more.


Apricot caramel tart

This recipe features caramel made with Lyle’s Golden Syrup, adding a rich toffee flavour.


Manchester tart recipe

This recipe features Lyle’s Golden Syrup in the pastry to give that sweet pastry crust we all love

Now you know how to make a delicious jam tart, you just need the ingredients – explore our range of Lyle’s Golden Syrups to get you started!

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