9/25/2018

Salted Caramel and Walnut Tart

This is a nice easy tart to make, but gives the impression it's luxurious. It's one of my family's favourite desserts.
Here I go reminiscing again, but in France my neighbour over the road had a walnut tree, and gave me carrier bags full of them. Ahhh!  No carrier bags full, but a special offer on walnuts in a supermarket was the incentive for making this tart.

For the shortcrust pastry - 250g flour, 130g butter, 2 tspn sugar, pinch salt and water.
Am not going to tell you how to make pastry!

Preheat oven 180C/gas4                Line a tart tin with the pastry.

For the filling - 250g chopped walnuts, 2 eggs, 400ml crème fraîche, 2 tbspn salted caramel and 2 tbspn soft brown sugar

Beat the eggs with the cream and the caramel. Sprinkle the nuts over the pastry, keeping a few back to decorate afterwards. Pour over the cream mixture and sprinkle on the soft brown sugar.
Bake for 35 mins.
Decorate with some walnuts before serving.


I love this tart. It's rich and has a lovely gooey, crunchy filling which contrasts well with the pastry. I bought a jar of salted caramel, but you could make your own!

9/11/2018

Raspberry Bakewell Cake

What to make for a friend coming to tea? I bought some ground and flaked almonds last week so wanted to use them.

I love Bakewell tart, so searched for a recipe with similar flavours and found this one. Couldn't wait to try it as a cake.

It's from the BBC Good Food site
The recipe suggests you blend it in a food processor, but as mine is broken, I used an electric hand mixer and it worked fine.  There's ground almonds in the recipe so it's quite a thick batter. You put a layer of the batter into the tin, spread the raspberries over, then spread the rest of the mixture on top.

It's mentioned in the recipe that it's better to use your fingers to spread the mixture on top of the fruit, and this is good advice, as it's impossible to spread with a spoon or spatula!



It has a lovely almond flavour and the fresh raspberries give another texture and aren't sweet. It does feel and taste like a Bakewell tart. My friend loved it, and took a large piece home!