Winter is upon us and the dark nights are starting to draw in. This time of the year is perfect for cosy fires, delicious homemade treats and snuggly blankets. To make winter a little less miserable, why not invite your friends and family round for a selection of Mulled Plum Jam Tarts. One of our suppliers, Fruits of the Forage, make a wonderfully warming heritage plum jam with hogweed spices, which is the perfect ingredient for these homemade tarts.
- 250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 125g butter, chilled and diced, plus extra for the tin
- 1 medium egg
- 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped (optional)
- 100g of Mulled Plum Jam from Fruits of the Forage (or your preserve of choice)
Recipe Put the flour, butter and a pinch of salt in a bowl and rub them together with your fingertips. When the mixture looks and feels like fresh breadcrumbs, stir in the egg and vanilla seeds. Then add 1 tablespoon of cold water and start to bring the dough together in one lump with your hands – try not to knead it too much. Add 1 more tablespoon of water if it’s not coming together, but try not to add too much. Then wrap it up in cling film and let it chill in the fridge for 30 mins.
Meanwhile, heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Next, you will need to butter a 12-hole tart tin, then dust your work surface with flour. Unwrap and roll out the chilled pastry so it’s about the thickness of a £1 coin, then use a straight or fluted round cutter to cut out 12 circles, big enough to line the holes in the tin. Finish by dolloping 1-2 tablespoon of your chosen filling into each one and, if you like, cut out little pastry hearts and pop them on top.
Bake for 15-18 mins or until golden. Leave to cool in the tin for a few mins then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
It’s as easy as that! View more of Fruits of Forage’s recipes on their website.