Mary Berry’s Bakewell Tart Recipe with a twist! (2024)

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Bakewell tart is such a British classic, and Mary Berry’s got the best recipe, but I’ve made a few changes for those of us in the US. Thanks to a friend’s suggestion, I’ve also discovered that using up leftover mincemeat instead of jam, makes a fabulous treat!

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For those of you in the UK, Mary Berry is a household name, but this is not the case in the US.

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EDIT: This post was written before the Great British Bakeoff made it BIG in the USA!

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If you live outside the UK, you may not know who Mary Berry is. She is an extremely accomplished baker, cookbook author, and celebrity in the UK, as she is a judge in a highly popular TV show called The Great British Bakeoff, and she just happens to have been born exactly one year, to the day, before my Dad! You needed that piece of information, right?

Updated: I met Mary Berry and “hung out” with her, Paul Hollywood and James Martin in the VIP room at the BBC Good Food Show Scotland! I even rode in the same taxi with them when we went out for dinner!

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I love Mary’s English style and classic British recipes, like her Bakewell tart. Most of you in the US have probably never even heard of a Bakewell tart, let alone have tried one, so this is the recipe I decided to share with you.

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Bakewell tart begins with a homemade crust which is partially baked, then the bottom is covered in jam (please see below for a very delicious alternative filling to use up your Christmas mincemeat).

Bakewell tart is very simple almond flavored, cake-like filled (frangipane) tart, which is topped with sliced almonds and drizzled with icing. Mary Berry’s Bakewell tart recipe is fantastic. When the tart has cooled, it’s drizzled with a plain sugar icing. Need I say more?

Mary Berry’s Bakewell Tart Recipe

adapted for US kitchens (and to my taste) and to make a larger, 9″ tart serves 10

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Tart Shell

  • flour
  • salt
  • butter
  • sugar

Filling

  • jam or mincemeat
  • butter
  • sugar
  • ground almonds
  • eggs
  • almond extract (optional)

Topping

  • flaked almonds
  • confectioner’s sugar
  • water or milk

Special equipment: tart dish(I like this one as it’s made in France, but I have a less expensive option in above)

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 (180C fan).

Making the pastry

Placethe flour and salt into a bowl and rub in the butter with your fingers until the mixture looks likefine breadcrumbs.

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Add the sugar, then add the water and mix gently to make asoft dough. (Or you can make it in a food processor,like this.)

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, then line a 9″in tart tin. Using a fork, press the tines into the bottom and sides of the pastry in the tin.

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Refrigeratefor 30 minutes.

Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, until cooked, but not completely (it’s going back in the oven.) Remove and set aside.

Spread the jam or mincemeat on the bottom of the crust then make the frangipane filling.

Making the filling and baking the Bakewell tart

Melt the butter in a pot,remove fromheat and stir in the sugar, ground almonds, egg and almond extract (if using.) Pour the mixture over the jam or mincemeat andsprinklethe flaked almonds on top.

Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F(180°C) and bake forabout 30 minutes, until golden-brown and a skewer pushed into the middlecomes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completelyin the pan. Drizzle with icing and allow to set.

Finally, cut the Bakewell tart into slices and enjoy! If you enjoy Mary Berry’s Bakewell tart recipe in it’s original form, then give my mincemeat version a try, too!

Mincemeat Bakewell Tart

Here is a photo of the mincemeat Bakewell Tart. The homemade mincemeat combined with the other flavors works really well, and it was perfect in January to use up some leftover mincemeat from the holidays.

In the meantime, I am flying to Scotland today, so I hope you’ll understand I won’t be posting much here on my site whilst traveling, but I’ll be much more active on Facebook, and Instagram.

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Mary Berry's Bakewell Tart

Yield: one 9" tart

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

A classic British tart which has a jam base, cake like frangipane filling and almonds and icing on top. Delicious!

Ingredients

Tart Shell

  • 2 cups (9 oz) all purpose flour
  • (pinch of salt -my addition)
  • one stick (4 oz) good quality butter (I use Kerrygold)
  • (1 1/2 tsp sugar -my addition)
  • 4 to 5 tbsp ice-cold water

Filling

  • 3 to 4 tbsp raspberry jam, or any other flavor (you can also use mincemeat for a delicious twist)
  • 1 1/2 stick (6 oz) butter
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz) ground almonds
  • 2 eggs (preferably organic), beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract (I omitted this as it's not my favorite flavor)
  • 1/2 cup (3 oz) flaked almonds

Icing

  • 2/3 cup (3 oz) confectioner's sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water or milk

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F

PASTRY-

  1. Place the flour and salt into a bowl and rub in the butter with your fingers until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, then the water and mix gently to make a soft dough. (Or you can make it in a food processor, like this.)
  2. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, then line a 9"in tart tin. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Using a fork, press the tines into the bottom and sides of the pastry in the tin, then bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, until cooked, but not completely (it's going back in the oven.) Remove and set aside.

FILLING

  1. Spread the jam or mincemeat on the bottom of the crust then make the frangipane filling.
  2. Melt the butter in a pot, remove from heat and stir in the sugar, ground almonds, egg and almond extract (if using.) Pour the mixture over the jam or mincemeat and sprinkle the flaked almonds on top.
  3. Bake for about 35 minutes. If the almonds begin to brown too quickly, cover the tart loosely with aluminum foil.

ICING

  1. Place the confectioner's sugar into a bowl. Stir in cold water or milk. Using a knife or spoon (any kitchen cutlery would probably work), drizzle the icing all over the cooled tart (make sure it isn't warm or the icing will not look as pretty as it should.) Allow the icing to set before serving.
  2. Cut into slices and enjoy!

Notes

Leave off the icing if you prefer a less sweet tart (my mum prefers it this way).

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 10Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 197Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information is only estimated.

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FAQs

What is the original Bakewell tart? ›

The Bakewell Tart, on the other hand, was developed as a variant of the Pudding later in the 20th century. The Tart's base is made from sweet shortcrust pastry, which is then layered with seedless strawberry jam and finished with a pale, fluffy frangipane sponge filling of eggs, almonds and sugar.

Why is my Bakewell tart soggy in the middle? ›

Richard's solution: Soggy bottoms can be a right nuisance, even though they don't really alter the taste of your bake. They are usually the result of either a filling that's too wet in your bake or an under-cooked or thin pastry base. These are easily remedied though using a few simple tips.

What is the difference between frangipane and Bakewell tart? ›

Frangipane is not an alternative to Bakewell tart, but instead one of the ingredients in a Bakewell tart, used for the filling. Frangipane is an Italian word, recorded in a confectioners dictionary as far back as 1732 and is thought to have come from Marquis Muzio Frangipani or Cesare Frangipani.

What's the difference between Bakewell pudding and Bakewell tart? ›

A Bakewell Tart has a shortcrust pastry case, followed by strawberry jam and topped with almond sponge. This means it's much more cake-like and not nearly as sweet to taste as a Bakewell Pudding. Purists probably wouldn't add icing to a Bakewell Tart, which does make it sweeter, but it's just as delicious.

What is the difference between Bakewell and Cherry Bakewell? ›

When topped with half a candied cherry, the Bakewell Tart is then known as a Cherry Bakewell. Cherry Bakewells are usually small, designed as individual portions. Bakewell Tarts, on the other hand, are generally 8-9 inches across and designed to be shared in slices.

What is the best tart in the world? ›

favorite tart? agree more! Yes, pastel de nata is the Best in the world!

What was the mistake in the Bakewell tart? ›

It is thought it was baked by mistake, when she asked her cook to create a jam tart, but instead of incorporating the almond paste and jam into the pastry, the cook spread the mixture on top. This created an egg custard resembling a pudding. The mistake proved so successful, that the recipe stuck.

Why is my Bakewell tart not setting? ›

If the filling still feels very liquid after 40 mins baking, cover the top with foil to stop it from browning and return to the oven for another 5-10 mins or until the filling is just set.

What is the Flavour of Bakewell tart? ›

The mass-marketed cross between a cake and a tart, pictured above, consists of a spongy layer of frangipane baked in a tartlet case over a layer of raspberry jam, the whole lot smothered in thick white icing – sometimes striped with chocolate – and topped with a candied cherry.

What is a Harrogate tart? ›

Harrogate Tart is a very old Yorkshire recipe and is traditional served cold in a pre-cooked pastry case. The filling, however, can be served as a dessert in individual serving glasses, with cream and ratafia biscuits or macaroons. Either way, it's delicious!

Do you eat Bakewell tart hot or cold? ›

We would recommend the tart to anyone who would prefer to eat a cold dessert, but if you prefer a hot dessert, go for the pudding. However, despite what some people might say, there is no wrong way to enjoy either of them and the best way is whatever way that you enjoy them the most.

Why is it called Bakewell? ›

The town was originally called Baedeca's wella, which meant Baedeca's Springs. The name was first mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 924, it is thought that there must have been a Saxon who settled by the warm springs which rose at Bakewell and the town was named after them.

What is a trifle Bakewell? ›

Mr Kipling Trifle Bakewells are a new twist on an old favourite. These cakes have all the familiar elements of a classic Bakewell tart. There's a melt-in-the-mouth pastry case and light vanilla sponge with a layer of rich plum and raspberry jam, as usual.

Why is Bakewell so popular? ›

About. Perhaps best known for its unique and delicious Pudding, Bakewell has many more tempting treats to offer - ranging from shopping and specialist markets to relaxing strolls and special events.

Is frangipane the same as marzipan? ›

In essence, frangipane is an almond filling, sometimes called frangipane cream. It isn't the same as marzipan, which is an almond-sugar paste that's so dense it can be formed into decorative shapes and painted in bright colors.

Who made the first Bakewell tart? ›

The Bakewell tart is an English classic of shortcrust pastry with layers of jam, frangipane, chopped almonds and icing. It dates back to the 19th century when a woman named Mrs Greaves, who was the landlady of the White Horse Inn in Derbyshire, created the Bakewell pudding.

What is the flavor of Bakewell? ›

A Bakewell tart is a sweet pastry that is filled with jam and frangipane, which is a sweet almond cream. The tart is then topped with a layer of icing or glacé cherries.

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