, , , ,

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.


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.


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


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