“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ― Julia Child

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New Look, New Game

Okay, so as you can probably see I have been busy revamping the look of the blog. New banner and new background. So in addition to the Name This Food! game, which we will get to in a moment, I present you with a challenge. As you may notice, the new banner is made up of pictures of letters which are part of logos on food packaging. Some are easy, some not so much. If you feel so inclined, try to figure out what products the letters come from. Apart from the 'F's, that is, which have come from obscure products that you'd never get in a million years or from names of food contents (you would not believe how few F's there are in the pantry!). So the other letters, then. Okay.

Now on to Name This Food! What was it? Well, me mum correctly identified it as
Bakewell Tart

A moist, buttery frangipane sponge on a jam base cased in sweet pastry. For an in-depth description, see the Wikipedia entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakewell_tart . All I know is, it's delicious.

Here's a recipe:

Preparation time: 1-2 hours
Cooking time: 30 mins to 1 hour
Serves 8


For the pastry

300g/10½oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
125g/4½oz unsalted butter
30g/1oz sugar
1 free-range egg, plus 1 extra, beaten, to glaze
2 tbsp milk, to bind (if needed)

For the filling

225g/8oz butter, softened
225g/8oz sugar
225g/8oz ground almonds
3 free-range eggs
1 lemon, finely grated zest only
50g/2oz plain flour
jar cherry jam (or any red fruit jam)
flaked almonds, for sprinkling


For the pastry, place the flour, butter, sugar and egg into a food processor and pulse to combine. If necessary, add a little milk to help bring the mixture together.
Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and roll out until large enough to line a 26cm/10in tart tin. Carefully lift into the tin, then place into the fridge to chill for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
Fill the tart case with a sheet of greaseproof paper weighed down with baking beans or rice. Bake the tart case blind in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
Remove the paper and beans and brush the pastry all over with beaten egg. Return to the oven for a further five minutes, until golden-brown. Remove from the oven and turn the oven temperature down to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
For the filling, beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy.
Mix in the ground almonds, then crack in the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition - don't worry if the mixture begins to split, just add a little of the flour.
Fold in the lemon zest and the flour.
Spread some of the jam generously across the base of the pastry, leaving a 2.5cm/1in gap around the edge.
Spread the filling mixture over the jam and sprinkle over the flaked almonds.
Transfer to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until set and golden-brown. Allow to cool in the tin before serving in slices.

Give it a whirl!

Now, what's this?

Name This Food!


  1. I don't know but they appear to be begging to be filled with decadence!

  2. Mmmmmm,looks like some scrummy yorkshire puds just waiting for some gravy to be poured on them!

  3. OK, yeah, it was too easy. Yorkshires it is.


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