Maids of Honour Tarts I

    50 minutes

    These individual tarts have a raspberry surprise in the bottom. Vanilla essence may be substituted for the almond essence.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 2-3 sheets ready prepared frozen short crust pastry, thawed enough to cut
    • ¼ cup raspberry jam
    • 60g butter, softened
    • ¼ cup white sugar
    • 1 egg
    • ½ cup plain flour
    • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon almond essence
    • 2 teaspoons icing sugar for dusting

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Move oven rack to bottom position and preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Lightly grease 12, 5cm tart pans.
    2. Cut 12, 8cm circles from the pastry sheets. Fit one pastry circle into each tart pan.
    3. Spread one teaspoon of raspberry jam into the bottom of each tart shell.
    4. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together softened butter and white sugar until light and fluffy.
    5. Mix in egg. Add flour, baking powder, and almond essence. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of mixture into each tart shell.
    6. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until risen and firm. Dust tarts with icing sugar.

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    I needed to bake something for my son's Elizabethan social studies class project. We found a reference that these tarts were named for the maids of honour of Queen Elizabeth I. These tarts were delicious and a big hit with the kids and teacher in my son's class. I used mini-muffin tins, kept the oven rack at the regular position, and had good results using 10-12 minutes baking time. Also, since I used the mini-muffin tins, I reduced the amount of jam in each tart, probably to about 1/4 teaspoon. Wonderful taste and yummy combination!  -  29 Apr 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I made these for a church bake sale and they were a fabulous hit! Amazing taste, I used raspberry jam, blueberry jam, and even lemon curd. All versions were just great.  -  18 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I made these for christmas, they are delicious and added icing to each tartlet a cherry and angelica to make them look a bit christmassy.  -  22 Dec 2011  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)