Another week in the tent of dreams, and another bake that usually wouldn't phase me...but did. Its as if the baking Gods (i.e. Paul) knew I was using shop bought pastry and let me down. This week saw a patchwork of pastry and a leak. Pastry week was a flop.
A flop until I got some treats from the lovely Debenhams gang from their Tala range. My baking armoury is ready Paul, bring on botanical week! There's everything from icing nozzles to pastry making tools - star baker I'm coming for you.
But for now, I tried every which way to ensure that there were no soggy bottoms. With the blind bake, I pricked the base and loaded up with baking beans in a bid to dry out the pastry. My mistake was in chopping surplus pastry off before the blind bake rather than after, and it shrunk down the sides of the tin. I tried to patchwork in some new sides but it didn't work so much. Mary would have called in informal and Paul a mess. And ultimately it sprung a leak!
C H E R R Y B A K E W E L L T A R T
(Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food, serves 8)
1 block of shop bought shortcrust pastry (sorry Mary and Paul!)
2-3tbsp morello cherry jam
125g unsalted butter
125g caster sugar
125g ground almonds
1 egg, beaten
1tsp almond extract
50g flaked almonds
80g icing sugar, sifted
2tsp cold water
- Heat the oven to 180 degrees. Roll out the shortcrust pastry on a well floured surface until its the thickness of about a pound coin. Use the pastry to line an 8 inch tart tin. Prick with a fork to avoid any air bubbles, line with baking paper and baking beans and bake blind for 15 minutes to dry out the base.
- Spread the base evenly with the cherry jam.
- Melt the butter in a small pan over a low heat. Add the sugar, almonds, egg and almond extract and stir well. Pour into the pastry tin and cover with the flaked almonds.
- Bake for 35 minutes until golden and the frangipane is mostly firm.
- Make the icing with the icing sugar and water, pour into a piping bag before drizzling over the top of the tart once slightly cooled.
Thanks to the fab guys at Debenhams for sending over some Tala baking treats. Will certainly keep me going with bake off bake along! Check out their range here.