British Recipes > Gloucestershire Tarts

This recipe is part of the May 2010 Recipes Menu

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

How to make Gloucestershire Tarts:
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.


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)


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