Monday, 27 July 2009

Jam Tarts: Mk I

So the apple cinnamon jelly went wrong! Those of you who follow my antics on twitter, facebook, LJ or even in real life (whatever that is!) will already have heard of my woes with the jelly. The chutney, various pickles, ketchups, marmalade and jams all came out beautifully. But that darn apple jelly, a recipe mum has made without a hitch for decade upon decade, went wrong.

But the thick, sticky accidental concoction tasted far too good to throw away so we've been racking our brains to think of a way to utilise it's wonderfully caramelised texture and flavour. My clever colleague, Jill, came up with my favourite solution: jam tarts!

Here's the first experimentation and I'm pleased to say that the caramelised apple cinnamon jelly is an absolutely perfect filling!



The pastry recipe we used needs work - more butter and more liquid to make it moister and more pliable. But I did really like the inclusion of orange zest, which adds a real zing to the tart case, so will be keeping that element of the recipe. (I happen to have about 6 tiny bags of orange zest in the freezer from oranges I zested before eating some months ago, and for which I've been seeking uses, so double happiness).

No recipe to share as the filling was an accident and the pastry needs reworking!

10 comments:

Joy said...

They look just wonderful! A happy accident! Good luck with the next lot of pastry.

Heavenly Housewife said...

Looking good! I will try your advice with the silicone. Just have to buy one (I ruined mine...oops) :)

TheFastestIndian said...

Ooo- those look nice. I don't think I've had a jam tart for years!

goodshoeday said...

Wow like Mr Kipling only a zillion times better :)

Mamta said...

They do look sooooooooooo inviting Kav, I don't feel so bad now about the jelly disaster. It had never, ever gone wrong on me in all my cooking life! I was so upset about the jelly that won't set, that I had to re-cook it at 5 am next morning, while you were all asleep. Now I am happy that yopu are getting something good out of it. Just don't eat too many of them while experimenting with the pastry ;-)!

pei: teanamu eat.drink.tea said...

seriously. they ARE good!

Anne said...

Apple cinnamon jam tarts sound wonderful to me! Glad you managed to salvage the jelly :)

The Ginger Gourmand said...

A perfect use for that jelly! My husband loves jam tarts. When I make mincepies around Christmas time I always make him some and the apple and cinnamon would be the perfect 'Christmas' style filling...

Are you going to sell some on the stall?

Kavey said...

Yes, indeed, that's the plan!
:)

Madalene said...

They look scrummy yummy!