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Baking with my Small People is one of my most favourite parenting activities. What luck when it can be combined with a decluttering of the pantry cupboard! I was given jars of lemon curd and marmalade for Christmas that would otherwise go unused,  and jam tarts seemed somewhat inevitable.

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120g plain flour
50g cold butter
A little glass of cold water.

Rub the flour and  butter into fine breadcrumbs. Try to keep your hands cool – you can always stop, rinse them in cold water and return to the mix. Then adding a little water at a time, stir with a cool metal spoon until you for a rough dough. It usually takes me 5 or so tablespoons.

Wrap your dough in clingfilm and pop in the fridge. Preheat your oven to 180°. Lightly grease your fairy cake tin. Get ready your assorted jams and spreads.

After 5-10mins, retrieve your dough. Roll it out with a little flour, until approximately 0.5cm or a little less. Using a cutter, cut your pastry circles to fit snugly in the spaces. Pop them in, and then half fill with whatever spread you fancy. Don’t overfill, the filling will bubble and spread.

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Bake until the pastry is lightly golden. Remove from the oven and let cool (or at least until the jam is not dangerously hot! )

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This was based on the Jack Monroe cookbook, based on her brilliant blog ‘A Girl Called Jack’.

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