Queen of Hearts Trio of Tarts


Its Great Blogger Bake Off time again and this week we're making pies and tarts! Thanks to the lovely Nicola from Nic Ooh La La blog who suggested that I bake some tarts for the Queen of Hearts, fab idea! Sadly this week I feel a bit like a jack of all trades, master of none. I decided to make a trio of tarts and I ended up not baking any of them as well as I planned. Oh well. thats baking I guess, although they look pretty sweet. I reckon the Queen of Hearts might have my head for these! 


I made Classic Strawberry Jam Tarts with a splash of Port and Black Pepper Crust, Strawberry and Lime Cheesecake Tartlets and my favourite, Strawberry, Rose and Marshmallow Tarts! 


I made all the pastry cases from this 1 mix so it makes plenty of tarts! You'll need:

  • 200g butter, cubed
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • Drop of warm water if mix is too dry


For all the jam fillings I used a basic pot of strawberry jam as a base and added the different flavours once heated up on the hob. This is a great way to make some unique flavoured jams and with Christmas around the corner I think this method makes a great personalised gift idea!


To make the Strawberry, Rose and Marshmallow Tarts filling you'll need:

  • 1 cup of strawberry jam
  • 1/4 teaspoon of rose water (or more to taste)
  • Sprinkle of edible glitter
  • Jar of Marshmallow Fluff 
  • Red gel food colouring
  • Red rose petals
  • 1 egg white
  • Sugar
Bake the pastry heart cases for 8 mins at 190c or until slightly golden. 



Make the strawberry and rose jam by heating up the jam in a pan and add the rose water. Give it a good stir, add the glitter and drop a small amount into each baked heart shaped pastry case. Allow to cool.


To create the sugared petals grab yourself a red rose and pluck all the petals, he loves me, he loves me not.......


Dip each petal into a whisked up an egg white, then into the sugar and leave each petal to dry.


Volia! Tasty, easy and adorable decoration!


To create the red lines in the piping bag simply pull the bag inside out and paint 4 stripes down the tip using your red gel food colouring. Flip the bag back and spoon some of the Marshmallow Fluff into a piping bag.


Ideally I should have made some meringue and piped that but I was feeling pretty lazy so used the "fluff." Pipe onto the cooled jam and place a sugared petal into each tart!


These were my favourite tarts and they look really cute, perfect for a tea party!


To make the Classic Strawberry Jam Tarts with a splash of Port and Black Pepper Crust you'll need:
  • 1 cup of strawberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon of Port
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cracked black pepper for topping


Make the strawberry and port jam the same way you made the strawberry and rose water jam. Spoon a little jam into the pastry hearts (I didn't blind bake them first.)


Use some of the pastry for the heart topping and add the cracked black pepper, trust me, pepper goes really well with strawberries. Cut out little hearts and place on the tarts.


Bake for 10-12 mins at 190c or until golden brown.


I may have overfilled them as some of the jam oozed out while in the oven, tastes nice though!


They look a bit like Alice made them for the Queen but with the splash of port these are defiantly for adults only.


To make the Strawberry and Lime Cheesecake Tartlets you'll need:

  • 250g cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 25g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 25g whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup of plain flour
  • 1 cup of strawberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
For decoration:
  • Gold shimmer spray
  • Red sugar sprinkles
Mix the cream cheese, sugar, butter, egg, whipping cream and flour together to make the cheesecake base. I blind baked the round pastry cases for 8 mins at 190c or until slightly golden. Fill the cases with the cheesecake mix. Make the strawberry and lime jam by heating up the jam in a pan and add the lime juice. Spoon a small amount of the jam into the centre of the tart and using a tooth pick, score a line down the centre to create a heart shape.


Bake the cheesecakes for about 10 mins at 200c but keep an eye on them as they burn really quickly! To decorate I used the gold shimmer spray to cover up any burnt bits and sprinkled on a small amount of the red sugar sprinkles.


The gold and red makes them look pretty regal I think!


 I'll be munching these during tonights episode of The Great British Bake Off and you can follow mine and all the other baking bloggers progress on instgram #thegreatbloggerbakeoff.

Heres some other tremendous tart and pie recipes made by the lovely Great Blogger Bake Off bloggers:

Fancy some more baking? Take a look at my other Great Blogger Bake Off recipes here:

Comments

  1. Oh these are darling, gotta make these :))) xx

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  2. These look delicious! I'd never ever have thought of a port and black pepper crust but yeesh they sound tempting! Lovely theme, too :) xx

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    1. Thanks Hannah! It was fun playing around with all the different flavours this week x

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  3. SO pretty - both the pies and your photos - I wish I could create gorgeous recipe posts like this! And thanks for linking to my recipe, I'll be sure to return the favour :D

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    1. Thanks Cassie! They seem to taste better the day after for some reason! Thanks for joining in :) xxx

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  4. Love these, they look amazing! The photographs are so pretty too! Can anyone take part in the Blogger Bake Off? Im getting ideas for next year already if so! x

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    1. Hi Beth, you can defiantly join in! Next week is European cakes if you fancy baking something? xxx

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  5. Ooh these are some of the prettiest little tarts I've ever seen! I love the idea of adding different flavours to jam to spice it up - gonna have to borrow that one ;) x

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    1. Hi Kirsty, please do! I bet a little ginger in jam would taste great ;) xxx

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  6. This is the cutest!!! Love how you styled everything. :) I just opened a jewelry shop and my first collection is Wonderland, so I'm extra excited about anything Wonderland-related right now!

    <3

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    1. Thanks Kelsea! It was fun to shoot and eat! Good luck with your collection! xxx

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  7. These all look amazing! I can't believe you managed to make 3 different kinds, I barely survived one! I love how you've themed them all and the port and black pepper ones sound like such a unique thing, they'd be perfect for entertaining :)
    Thanks for hosting again, really enjoying seeing everyone's interpretations of the challenges each week :)
    Hannah

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    1. Hi Hannah! Thanks for your recipes, they always look yummy! My tarts were pretty good in the end but it did stress me out :s Did most of the decoration whilst holding my daughter! x

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