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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

June Daring Baker's Challenge

The June Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar. They chose a Traditional (UK) Bakewell Tart... er... pudding that was inspired by a rich baking history dating back to the 1800's in England.

Bakewell tarts…er…puddings combine a number of dessert elements but still let you show off your area’s seasonal fruits.

Like many regional dishes there’s no “one way” to make a Bakewell Tart…er…Pudding, but most of today’s versions fall within one of two types. The first is the “pudding” where a layer of jam is covered by an almondy pastry cream and baked in puff pastry. The second is the “tart” where a rich shortcrust pastry holds jam and an almondy sponge cake-like filling.

The version we’re daring you to make is a combination of the two: a sweet almond-flavoured shortcrust pastry, frangipane and jam.

This was my first challenge with the Daring Baker's and I absolutely enjoyed it. This was very easy to make and didn't take too much time either. I used store brought strawberry jam this go round, but the next time I make it I will do so wth some of my homemade peach jam.

I don't think this desssert lasted but a few days in my house, if even that. My neighbor had one piece and said he thought about it all night and wanted some more. I had to oblige.

ThanksJ asmine of and Anne of for such a great recipe selection. This is a must make for any baker or foodie.


Flourchild said...

The top looks so golden brown and delicious, nice job!

Junglefrog said...

Well done on your first challenge! The tart looks delicious and I love that photo where the jam is oozing out a little! Gorgeous!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Whoa that looks great! :D