Bakewell tart recipe

This traditional English dessert from Mary Berry makes for the perfect afternoon snack with a cuppa

Makes 12


  • 125g butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 125g cornflour or semolina
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp raspberry jam
  • Icing sugar for sprinkling

For the pastry

  • 175g plain flour
  • 45g chilled butter, cubed
  • 45g chilled white vegetable fat, cubed
  • About 2 tbsp cold water
  • Milk for glazing


  1. Make the pastry: put the flour into a large bowl. Rub in the butter and vegetable fat until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in enough water to make a soft, pliable dough. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured work surface and use to line a 19cm loose-bottomed fluted flan tin. Reserve the trimmings for decorating the tart and chill the tart in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the caster sugar, and cook for about 1 minute. Remove from the heat, leave to cool a little, then gradually stir in the egg, cornflour or semolina, and almond extract.

  3. Spread the jam evenly over the bottom of the pastry case, and pour the almond mixture on top.

  4. Roll out the reserved pastry trimmings, and cut into strips that will fit across the tart. Arrange the strips on top of the almond filling to form a lattice, attaching them to the pastry case with a little milk.

  5. Bake on a hot baking tray in a preheated oven at 200°C/gas mark 6 for 45–50 minutes until the filling is well risen and golden and springs back when lightly pressed with a finger. If the pastry is browning too much, cover the tart loosely with foil.

  6. Remove the tart from the oven. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve the tart warm or cold.

Traditional puddings book cover

Recipe from Traditional Puddings and Desserts by Mary Berry, DK. Available from 1st July 2011


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Wednesday 22 June 2011
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