Traditional Bakewell Tart


A Bakewell tart is a traditional English dessert consisting of a shortcrust pastry shell layered with jam and frangipane.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
1 8-inch tart


  • ¼ pound pie crust pastry

  • 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons ground almonds

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam

  • 1 large egg

  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ cup superfine sugar

  • 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease an 8-inch pie plate.

  2. Roll pastry into a round shape a little larger than the pie plate. Cut off a 1/2-inch wide strip from the edge of the pastry circle, and line the lower sides of the pie plate with the strip, placing the cut side upwards; the pastry will not reach the rim of the pie plate. Dampen the strip with water, then place the remaining pie pastry circle into the pie plate, pressing to seal the edges of the circle onto the strip where the pastry overlaps. This will create a crust that is slightly thicker around the lower edges.

  3. Whisk flour, ground almonds, and baking powder together in a medium bowl. Whisk egg and lemon zest together in a small bowl.

  4. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add egg mixture, beating well after each addition. Gently fold in flour mixture, a spoonful at a time, until just incorporated.

  5. Spread strawberry jam evenly over the center of the pastry shell, then spread batter over top.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until filling is firmly set and browned, about 30 minutes.

  7. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar just before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

212 Calories
13g Fat
22g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 212
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 55mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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