Nibbling Recipes

Jam Tarts


  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Caster Sugar
  • 125g Butter
  • 12 tablespoons Jam


  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Oven Temperature: 180 degrees
  • Uses shallow muffin trays
  • Makes 12-15


Shortcrust Pastry is very straightforward to make. Simple tip the flour and sugar into a mixing bowl and stir. Then add the butter. Using your fingers, rub the mixture together to form crumbs. The mixture will be a little dry, so to combine you'll need to add a little water. Say a tablespoon full or two. The pastry is now made!

Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface using a rolling pin. It should be about 3-5mm thick. Using a cutter (about 7.5cm in diameter), cut out the bases for your jam tarts. Place them one by one in the holes of the tray. The final stage is to add the jam. Any flavour of jam is suitable, although I recommend a mixture to vary the flavours a little. For example, Apricot, Blackcurrent and Strawberry are shown in the pictures below. Use about a tablespoon per tart. When all are ready, place in the oven at 180 degrees for 12-15 minutes. The pastry should change colour a little (towards golden brown) when done. To easily remove from the tray, do it while the tarts are still warm. However, be careful of the hot jam.

© Rhodri L T Bevan