Thank you Thermapen for sponsoring this recipe!
The best recipes to share or give as gifts are the ones that people assume took you ages and required a lot of skill but were actually quite easy and fun to make. This is one of those recipes. Yes, even with homemade jam.
The other thing that people won’t suspect from these tarts is that they’re completely vegan but taste just like you remember them as a child!
Jam tarts are a classic British teatime treat. Made with buttery short crust pastry rounds and filled with various fruit jams, marmalades and lemon curd. I chose to use just strawberry jam in this recipe but you can use your favourite or perhaps a variety of jams.
These tarts are a great recipe to make with kids, other than the jam-boiling part. But making the pastry dough and topping the cases with dollops of jam is a lot of fun.
Homemade Strawberry Vanilla Jam
So, as mentioned, I used homemade jam for this recipe (although, please feel free to use shop-bought to make things even easier!) and it’s so much quicker than you might expect. This jam was ready in under an hour.
I decided to make strawberry jam and to make it a tiny bit different, added some vanilla at the end. SO GOOD. Follow my simple recipe below if you want to make it from scratch.
To make the jam-making process even more simple, Thermapen provided me with one of their British-made cooking thermometers. This takes the guesswork out of cooking the jam so you know it’s reached the right temperature and will set perfectly.
For jam, it’s recommended to let the fruit and sugar come to 105C before removing from the heat. See the full recipe below for further instructions.
To make the jam: To make the tart shells: *If you don't have a thermometer, you can use the wrinkle test, outlined here.
Strawberry Vanilla Jam
Shortbread tart crusts
To make the jam:
To make the tart shells:
*If you don't have a thermometer, you can use the wrinkle test, outlined here.