How to Make The Queen's Tarts

The way to the heart to our jam-tastic Queen of Hearts is through her Jam Tarts. 

Use this recipe to make 12 delicious Jam Tarts fit for a queen - they might even help you keep your head!

Stuff you’ll need:

  • A grown up to help, especially when you use the oven, and cooking your jam!

  • A 12-hole tin (like the ones you might make fairy cakes in)

  • Fluted cookie cutters (8 – 10cm are ideal, but just use what you have at home)

  • Rolling pin

  • Saucepan and wooden spoon

  • An oven, preheated to 190°C (170°C fan oven) Gas Mark 5

Food you’ll need:

  • 1 x 320g ready rolled sheet of Shortcrust pastry e.g. Jus-rol (Or to make your own Sweet Crust Pastry click here).

  • A little flour, to stop your surface getting sticky

  • 200g strawberry jam

  • 200g of chopped Rhubard

  • Clotted cream, to serve (an optional extra if you really want to impress the Queen!)

How to make the Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts

  1. Unroll the pastry and use your cutter to cut out 12 circles – re-roll the trimmings if you need to. Press into the holes of a fairy cake tin, then chill in the fridge.

  2. Put the rhubarb and jam in a pan, cover and cook over a very low heat, stirring occasionally until the rhubarb has begun to soften and let out water.

  3. Take off the lid and cook on a higher heat, stirring constantly, until the rhubarb has softened and the mix is back to a jammy consistency. Make sure you ask a grown up to either help you with this bit or do it for you.

  4. Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan oven), or Gas Mark 5.

  5. Now spoon a little jam into each tart. If you have some spare pastry you could decorate the top maybe with hearts or crowns! Whatever you think our most jammy Queen would love.

  6. Ask your grown up to put your Jam Tarts in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. 

  7. Leave to cool completely before popping a bit of clotted cream on top and gobbling them up! 

But make sure you leave some for the Queen… or HEADS WILL ROLL!