Iced Bakewell Tart


I adore Bakewell Tart. Especially the layers of pastry, raspberry jam and almond sponge combined, taste utterly delicious to me. Because I love the flavours so much I have a few ‘Bakewell’ recipes on here. Usually I am content to leave the top of the sponge covered in almond flakes. While following Mary Berry’s pretty iced tart last week, on the Great British Bake Off programme, I decided to try it out. Resulting in this Iced Bakewell Tart.

FF Iced Bakewell Tart

Everything you see on and in this tart is homemade, including the raspberry jam. Which, just happens to be my favourite and is incredibly easy to make, for the recipe please see HERE . I’ll put that into a separate post, otherwise this ones going to be miles too long, we just want to get to the part where we can eat this Iced Bakewell Tart!

Adding Fresh Flowers To Enhance The Photography

Having spotted a couple of open blooms open on my rose bush, I couldn’t resist cutting them and placing the vase next to the tart. They give the photos a romantic, afternoon tea look, echoing the pink icing on the top of the tart.

As much as I enjoy coming up with new recipes and testing them to ensure they will work as well for you as they do me, I’ve also grown to enjoy the photography side of my blog. Sometimes adding a single item can transform the ‘feel’ of a photograph. My slightly wind ravaged rose has added an element of beauty, but also imperfection, which I really like. Especially as I feathered the icing all in the same direction, more on that later!!!

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Iced Bakewell Tart a delicious raspberry and almond treat for any special occasion.

The Importance Of Sharing A Meal

With Feasting is Fun, my aim is to make each meal, recipe or bake a feast. What I mean by that is this; when time is taken to prepare good, homemade food, it should be enjoyed and the atmosphere as we feast together should be fun. Conversation across the dinner table can be one of the most important parts of the day. People relax, enjoy their meal and open up about their day.

Sitting together as a family, at least one day a week, I believe is incredibly important for the health and well being of us all. Sharing a meal more regularly is preferable, however, my hubby doesn’t get in until late some nights and I realise we are not unique in that aspect of family life.

I honestly believe, that from sharing family time, over a meal, our 3 children have grown to enjoy the same foods and meals as us, their parents. Of course they all have their preferences and  there are certain ingredients they do not eat. What we enjoy is sitting with a curry, or a couple of pizza’s and some homemade coleslaw, at the weekend, feasting both on the food and each other’s company.

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Iced Bakewell Tart skimping on the raspberry jam simply shouldn’t happen!

Weekend Baking And Afternoon Tea

That’s why I love the idea of afternoon tea. Usually at the weekends when we tend to eat our evening meal a bit later. Mid afternoon the kettle will go on, teapot filled and we’ll feast on whatever ‘mum’s’ been making that morning. Truthfully, most of what I make on those occasions doesn’t make it to this blog. I want to enjoy the company of my family. That said on occasions when I am taking photos, once I’ve said that it’s ok for everyone to help themselves it still amazes me how quickly a cake can disappear!

I take this as a good sign that it tastes great 😉.

This tart was baked in an 25cm/10″ x 5cm/2″ deep loose bottom tart tin, the same one I use for my quiches, see here.

Recipe: Iced Bakewell Tart serves 10-12

400g Shortcrust Pastry – in my opinion the Iced Bakewell Tart is sweet enough without using sweetened shortcrust pastry, see my pastry recipe here

3-4 heaped tablespoons Raspberry  Jam

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter

150g/5.5oz Caster Sugar

1/8th tsp Salt – I use Maldon

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I always use Nielsen-Massey extracts

1/2tsp Almond Extract

3 Large Free Range Eggs

100g/4oz Ground Almonds

75g/3oz Plain White Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

For the icing:

350g White Icing Sugar

1/2 tsp Almond Extract

Alternatively for an un-iced finish you will need 25g flaked almonds

Method : Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan, gas mark 7, 425F

Just a quick note about the pastry case – usually I trim any excess pastry from the tin, chill for 30 minutes in the fridge and then bake. When I baked this tart I was really pushed for time, so baked with an overlapping of pastry which was them trimmed after baking. I would thoroughly recommend trimming the pastry prior to baking for a neater edge. I also had a couple of problems with the pastry sticking right near the top.

Making And Blind Baking The Shortcrust Pastry Tart Shell

  • Roll the pastry fairly thinly, about the depth of a £1 coin and line the tart tin – note when using homemade pastry I never grease the tart tin, however if you are unsure of how non stick your tin is brush lightly with some cooled melted butter.
  • Dock the bottom of the pastry case with a fork to keep it flat during baking.
  • Cut a large piece of baking parchment, screw it into a ball and then line your pastry tart case with it and fill with baking/ceramic beans.
  • Place in the middle of the oven and ‘blind bake’ for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes baking has elapsed, remove the tart from the oven. Lift out the baking beans using the baking parchment and place the tart back into the oven for a further 10 minutes, until it is golden and cooked on the base.

Making The Almond Cake Layer

  • In a large bowl whisk/beat together the butter, sugar and salt until it is very pale and creamy.
  • Add in the almond and vanilla extract and whisk/beat until incorporated.
  • Next add all 3 eggs and whisk/beat for a minute.
  • Remove the whisk, add in the flour, baking powder and ground almonds. Using a large spoon fold these ingredients into the mix until they are just combined.

Assembling And Baking The Bakewell Tart

  • Once the baked tart case has cooled slightly, spoon the raspberry jam into the centre and spread it, using the back of the spoon, so that it almost reaches the rim.
  • Now spoon over the almond sponge, starting from the outside and working towards the centre. The almond sponge will cover and seal the jam in. Thus stopping the jam from leeching out the side and on to the top of the sponge.
  • If you are baking an un-iced tart sprinkle the top with flaked almonds.
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Lining, baking and filling the baked tart case.
  • Reduce the oven heat to 190C/170C fan, gas mark 5, 375F.
  • Place the jam and almond sponge filled tart back into the middle of the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, until the sponge is golden and firm to the touch, without wobbling in the centre – mine took 45 minutes.
  • As soon as the tart is baked remove from the oven and allow to cool.
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Beautifully Golden this cooked Tart was quickly snapped with the #GBBOTwitterBake Along in case I ran out of time!


An in-iced Bakewell tart finished with flaked almonds.
Baked un-iced Bakewell Tart topped with flaked almonds.

Icing The Bakewell Tart

  • Sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Add the almond extract and enough water, I used approximately 30mls, to form a thick but pourable paste, once stirred together.
  • Remove 2tbsp of icing to a small bowl, add the tip of a cocktail stick, that has been dipped in pink gel icing and stir. Aim for a pale pink colour, however if you’d like a deeper pink, go for it! Place your coloured glacé icing into a small piping bag.
  • Keeping the 2 icings very separate, pour the pure white icing over the tart. Start in the centre use an offset spatula to push it to the edges.
  • Snip the end off of the small icing bag and pipe horizontal lines of pink icing across the white icing, separated by 5cm/2″, from edge to edge. Work fairly quickly as you want both icings to still be unset when you drag through, with a cocktail stick.

Feathering Piping Effect

  • Using a cocktail stick, again with a spacing of 5cm/2″, place the tip of the skewer at the top of the icing and drag it through to the bottom. Reversing from bottom to top next time. You can see, during the rush to complete my tart on time, I pulled my icing all in the same direction. Oh the pressure!
  • Below is a photo of my tart with my one directional feathering (if it can be called that) compare with the accurate feathering of my Cherry Almond Sandwich Cake.
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You can see hire effective proper 2 directional feathering is here.
  • As the glacé icing is quite thick, leave for a good 2-3 hours before serving.

Place your Iced Bakewell Tart on a pretty plate or stand and serve with a drink of your choice. Mid morning with a steaming mug of coffee or a pot of tea mid afternoon.

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Iced Bakewell Tart perfect at anytime.

If you enjoy the flavour of almonds and raspberry together, this Iced Bakewell Tart is really worth making.

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Cherry Bakewell Cookies
Cherry Bakewell Cookies

While talking about family time and feasting together, my intention certainly is not to preach. In truth, I eat far too many meals away from my family, in bed, due to my health. Rather what I’m trying to say I say, is, that when you have the opportunity, make the most of it!

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun remembering times spent and times to come feasting with friends and family.

Sammie xx

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Steak Leek and Ale Pie


Hi, this Steak Leek and Ale Pie has a golden pastry crust, under which are chunks of melting steak and leek sitting in a thick ale gravy. Homemade pie has to be at the top of my comfort food list. While the light, fresh salads of summer have now passed. As soon as Autumn arrives, with it’s blustery gales I want proper, nourishing, hearty food.

And I want, I need, this Steak Leek and Ale Pie.

Steak Leek And Ale Pie
Steak Leek And Ale Pie

Take a look at that golden crust. It is so inviting, willing you to cut in and discover the melting chunks of steak and leek beneath, sitting in a pool of thick gravy made with the ale. While I know making pastry completely freaks some people out, it really is worth having a go. Also, you can find a recipe for the pastry here.

As soon as you have a little time, maybe at the weekend, I really encourage you to make your own pastry. While it really isn’t as difficult as some believe, the rewards are very gratifying. Yet, if you cannot bring yourself to make your own pastry, then good quality, shop bought shortcrust or puff pastry will also work very well.

Steak Leek And Ale Pie
Steak Leek And Ale Pie

Celebrating British Leeks

Although I made this Steak Leek and Ale Pie for a mid-week meal, it will be replacing the occaisional roast on a Sunday too. Because, it really is that good.

Likewise, I have to mention the Leek Colcannon a fantastic dish of creamy mashed potatoes, steamed cabbage and sauteed leeks that I made to serve alongside this pie. Amazing!

And, if you are wondering why leeks feature in both dishes, November heralds the start of the British leek growing season. So keen to use seasonal produce, I came up with these two recipes for the British Leek Growers Association.

Recipe : Makes one Steak Leek and Ale Pie, serves 6

450g/1lb Shortcrust Pastry – to make your own you will need 350g/12oz Plain White Flour, 75g/3oz Butter and 75g/3oz Vegetable shortening – I use Trex

1kg/2lb Good Quality Beef Steak – I used rump, chuck or braising steak would work well

2 Tbsp Butter

3 Leeks

500ml/1 pint Light Ale

2 Bay Leaves

1 tsp Fresh Thyme – halve if using dried

1 Clove of Garlic

2 Tbsp Tomato Puree

1/4 tsp Nutmeg – I always use freshly grated

1 Beef Stock Cube – or I used 1 Knorr beef stockpot

2 Tbsp Flour plus extra for rolling out pastry

Sea Salt – I use Maldon

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1 Medium Egg whisked with a little water for the egg wash

Method : Please read through before starting

Making The Pastry

For instructions on how to make the shortcrust pastry please see here.

If making your own pastry, make, cover in cling film and place in the fridge to chill.

Preparing The Steak

First of all, cut the steak into generous, one inch/2.5cm chunks.

Cut the steak into good sized chunks - 1.5"

Mix 2 tablespoons of flour with 1 teaspoon of sea salt and 1 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper.

Toss the steak in seasoned flour.

Toss the steak in the seasoned flour.

Place 2 tablespoons of butter into a large pan and melt over a high heat.

Brown the steak in batches.

Brown the steak in batches in a hot pan.

Place the browned steak onto a plate and set to one side.

Place the browned steak in a bowl and set to one side.


Making The Slow Cooked Pie Filling

First of all, prepare all 3 leeks by cutting off the tough, dark green tops and root. Starting at the top of the leek cut almost through and down two thirds. Wash the leeks under cold, running water to remove any dirt trapped between the leaves. Shake off any excess water.

Tip : I wash the leeks and leave them to drain upside down, before prepping other meat or vegetables.

Take one, large washed leek and finely dice it.

Take one large leek.

Finely dice the leek.

Add the diced leek to the same pan used for browning the steak.

Saute for 2-3 minutes over a medium heat until softened.

Add the diced leek to the pan used for browning the steak. Sauté for 2-3 minutes over a medium heat.

Pour in the ale and use a wooden spoon to scrape the crusty, tasty brown bits from the bottom of the pan.

Pour in the Ale and then, using a wooden spoon scrape all the crusty, tasty brown bits from the bottom of the pan.

Strip the thyme from its stalk and mince the garlic.

Strip the time from its stalk and mince the garlic.

Add the steak, herbs and garlic back to the pan. Then add an additional 500ml of water.

Add the steak, herbs and garlic back to the pan. Add an additional 500ml of water.

Slice the remains two leeks into one inch/2.5cm chunks and add to the pan.

Slice the other 2 leeks into 1" chunks and add to the pan.

Now add the tomato purée, stock cube and nutmeg.

Now add the tomato purée, stock cube and nutmeg.

Finally, bring everything up to a simmer and leave to cook on a medium/low heat, uncovered for 2-3 hours, stirring occaisionally.

At the end of the cooking time the beef should be meltingly tender and the ale gravy reduced by half. Check the sauce for seasoning and adjust if necessary.

Assembling The Pie

First of all, remove the steak and leeks from the pan, using a slotted spoon. Place into a pie dish.

Remove the steak and leeks, using a slotted spoon and place into a pie dish.

Increase the heat under the pan and boil the ale gravy until it is reduced by half.

Reduce the ale gravy in the pan by half.

Pour the thickened gravy over the pie piffling.

Pour the thickened gravy over the pie filling.

Brush the egg wash around the rim of the pie dish, as this enableS the pastry to stick to the dish.

Roll out the pastry into a circle that is one inch/2.5cm wider than the top of the pie dish. Trim the pastry so that it has a neat edge.

Roll out the pastry so that it is 1" wider that the top of the pie dish. Trim the pastry so it has a neat edge.

Place the pastry on top of the pie dish and crimp.

Steak Leek and Ale Pie place the pastry on top of the pie dish and crimp.

To crimp I simply pinch between my forefinger and thumb all around the pastry edge.

Make 3 slits in the pastry to allow steam to escape.

Brush the pastry with egg wash.

Cut out decorations from the leftover pastry and add place on the pie.

Finally, brush the pie crust again with egg wash.


Steak Leek and Ale Pie brush the pastry with egg wash and cut out decorations from the leftover pastry. Place on the pie and brush with egg wash.

Baking The Steak Leek And Ale Pie

Place the Steak Leek and Ale Pie on a baking sheet and place in a preheated oven, 200C/180C fan, gas mark 6, 400F. Bake for approximately 1 hour. The pie is baked when the pastry is golden brown and little bubbles of hot gravy or steam are bursting through the slits in the pie.

Steak Leek And Ale Pie
Steak Leek And Ale Pie

As soon as the pie is baked remove from the oven. Serve immediately.

Steak Leek And Ale Pie
Steak Leek And Ale Pie

While the leek in this pie lends a delicate onion flavour, it perfectly compliments the steak and ale. And, this Steak Leek and Ale Pie was thoroughly enjoyed by all in our house, including my very good friend and chief taste tester, who lives 2 doors away!

Also it would make perfect sense to double the quantities and make two pies. Since an uncooked pie will freeze beautifully, ensure it is absolutely cool before double wrapping in cling film and freezing for up to 2 months. So, why not pass the second pie onto a busy family, new mum, or friends. Because, the gift of a meal, even if there is no ‘special’ reason shows that you care.

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Amazing Apple Pie

While I enjoy coming up with new recipes and seeing successful results, nothing beats sharing the food I make with others. Seeing the smile on my neighbours face as I pass a slice of cake over the fence fills my heart with joy. Since I know not everyone enjoys baking, it’s rare to find someone who refuses a slice of something tasty. Sharing builds friendships and breaks down boundaries. Also, it can make someone feel thought about and special. And so I will continue to share. Since it brings happiness to both parties.

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie x

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