We love jam tarts of just about any description in our home so when a special occasion pops up like Valentine’s Day I don’t mind baking up a few batches for my family and friends. This Queen of hearts jam tarts recipe boasts a beautiful pastry filled with either raspberry or strawberry jam followed by a light dusting of icing-sugar.
If you’ve ever wanted to create your own jam tarts, today I will show you how easily I was able to make my recipe and how you can do the same in your kitchen. Most men and women are scrambling at the last-minute to get a Valentine’s Day card and treats but with a bit of planning you can make these Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts for Valentine’s Day and your loved one will love you even more…if that is even possible.
Other simple Valentine’s Day recipes for him or her which you can make and add to a Valentine’s Day Gourmet Basket, Bake Sale or for guests.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
- Cherry Cheesecake
- Blueberry Cheesecake
- 5 minute Hazelnut Chocolate Fudge
- Cherry Pie Minis
- Coconut Custard Tarts
- Cinnamon Buns
- Cherry Pie Bars
- Date Squares
To keep the jam tarts recipe simple I thought it would be a great idea to use my go-to pastry but with the addition of heart shapes, jam and icing sugar. You may remember my Mincemeat Pie recipe from back in 2014 and just how amazing that was so we will use that recipe to make pastry for the jam tarts. I had no heart-shaped cookie cutter handy so I had to free-hand the heart shape. If you have a cutter it will be much easier and you can pick them up at the Bulk Barn for about $0.79 each.
Store-bought Valentine’s Day heart-shaped Jam tarts and cookies may be flying off the shelves at the grocery store because of convenience but they will never taste as good as your house will smell once these jam tarts go in the oven. I think many people are put off by making pastry but don’t be, it’s simple and you can change it up to create other recipes like I’m doing today. Every smart baker has a few recipes up their sleeves that they can use over and over multiple times to create different recipes. This is one of them.
If you want to bring some pretty amazing jam tarts to work for Valentine’s Day these are the tarts you’ll want to make or enjoy them by yourself. Not only are the jam tarts fairly simple to make but they won’t send your budget into overdrive like some homemade pastries will. If you make homemade jam it would be perfect for this recipe and cut costs even further.
How long to bake jam tarts?
The best bit is it takes about 30 minutes start to finish to make these Jam tarts for Valentine’s Day.
I love a challenge and thought butter is a bit expensive at the moment, let’s try margarine instead and see how it turns out. Big mistake I made thinking a recipe substitution would work just to cut back on the costs. It was a disaster, not only did it turn into a ball of dough straight away without a few key ingredients added, it wouldn’t even stay together when I cut it and tried to make the tarts.
We learn from our mistakes and that his how a pastry chef learns to become an expert. Fear not though as the dough did not go to waste (I hate waste). I took out one of my newer cookie trays with a higher ridge around it, molded the dough into it then spread jam onto it. It turned out great and I added heart shaped dough on top before baking and ended with Valentine’s sprinkles.
Tip: My advice, don’t even attempt to use margarine in this recipe or it will be a huge disappointment and extra time if you have to make another batch.
How to make Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts
- Prep time 15mins
- Cook Time 15mins
- Oven Temp 200oC/400oF
- Yield: 12 heart-shaped jam tarts
- 8oz flour
- 6oz butter
- 3oz caster sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ cup water (you just need to add a little at a time not the whole thing to make it a soft dough)
- 1 small jar of your favourite jam
- ⅓ cup icing sugar
- Mix together the flour and butter until it resemble bread crumbs.
- Then add the sugar and mix well.
- Add the egg and a little water and mix. You are best to add a little water at a time until the dough comes together.
- Put plenty of flour on your surface before rolling out. It needs to be thin but not too thick. Slightly thicker than a quarter.
- Cut into your desired shape. If you are using them as a tart shell grease your muffin pan and gently slide a large cut out circle into the pan.
- Then place a teaspoon of the jam into the tart shell.
- If you are doing the heart shapes, cut out two large heart and in one do a smaller one. Place the one without the other heart on a baking tray with parchment paper, then spread a little of the jam and put the other one on the top. Fill in the little heart with jam.
- Please in the oven for 15-20 minute (depends on your oven)
- Let cool as jam will be hot.
- When cooled sprinkle with icing sugar to decorate or you can leave it plain.
Whether you make these jam tarts for Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Anniversary or just to say, “I Love You” the recipient will be smiling and filled with love knowing that someone cared so much to bake homemade treats for them.
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