Gloucestershire Tarts Recipe

Gloucestershire tarts
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 Updated 14/03/2017

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These delicious little tarts are specific to Gloucestershire. Most counties have their own version of this sweet - a pastry with jam or fruit on the bottom, filled with a sponge mixture (with or without almond flavouring). Some versions are iced and some are left plain.

You may be interested to try this suggested menu:

Starter - Lancashire Cheese Savoury
Main Course - Traditional Chicken and Mushroom Pudding from Kent
Dessert - Gloucestershire Tarts


  • 8oz shortcrust pastry
  • 2oz butter
  • 2oz caster sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1oz ground rice
  • 2oz ground almonds
  • a few drops almond essence
  • raspberry jam
  • water icing
(see measure conversions for more information on quantites)


  1. Roll out the pastry.
  2. Using a pastry cutter, cut out 12 circles.
  3. Use these to line a well-greased 12-bun baking tin.
  4. Put a small amount of raspberry jam on the base of each pastry case.
  5. Cream together the butter and sugar until light in colour and fluffy in texture.
  6. Mix in the egg a little at a time.
  7. Add the ground rice, almonds and almond essence.
  8. Put roughly 2 teaspoonfuls of the mixture into each pastry case.
  9. Bake at 180 degrees C. for about 25 minutes or until lightly brown and risen.
  10. Remove from tin.
  11. Allow to cool.
  12. Top with a little water icing.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12 tarts


Really tasty tarts. Will be making these again.
#0 - tim - 05/21/2010 - 17:39
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