Cherry bakewell tarts

A nostalgic tea-time treat. Source: Getty Images

Indulge your sweet tooth with these delectable cherry bakewell tarts that are sure to impress. Made with buttery shortcrust pastry, a rich almond frangipane filling, and a sweet cherry jam centre, these tarts are a delightful treat for any occasion.

The pastry shells are perfectly baked until golden brown, providing a crisp and buttery base for the luscious filling. Topped with a simple icing glaze and a vibrant glacé cherry, these tarts are as beautiful as they are delicious.

Whether you’re serving them for afternoon tea, a special dessert, or simply to satisfy your cravings, these delectable cherry bakewell tarts are guaranteed to be a hit.

Makes 12.


  • 2 x 320g sheets of all butter shortcrust pastry


  • 120g butter, softened
  • 120g golden caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 110g ground almonds
  • 90g cherry jam


  • 200g icing sugar
  • 12 glacé cherries


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan-forced. Lightly butter a 12-hole muffin tin. Unroll the sheet of pastry and use a 10cm circular pastry cutter to cut 12 circles out of the pastry sheet. Press the cut circles into the holes of the tin, making sure they come all the way up and slightly over the top — pushing out any creases.
  2. Chill pastry in the fridge for 20 minutes. Scrunch up 10cm x 10cm squares of baking paper and then unscrunch and use to line each of the pastry tarts, then fill with baking beans, rice or dried pulses. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and bake for 10 minutes longer, until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
  3. Make filling by beating together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then whisk in the egg, followed by flour. Fold in ground almonds. Spoon a level teaspoon of cherry jam into each of the pastry shells, followed by a tablespoon of the frangipane mixture. Bake for 20 minutes, until the frangipane is golden and springy. Set aside to cool completely. Neaten the edges of the pastry if you like.
  4. Mix icing sugar with 2 tablespoons water. Spread icing over each of the tarts, top each with a glacé cherry, leave to set for 20 minutes, then serve.

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