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.
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What Are Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts?
You can either make them into a heart-shaped jam tart that resembles a cookie or as a tart, as you will see down below.
If you’ve ever wanted to create your own jam tarts, today I will show you how easily I could make my recipe and how you can do the same in your kitchen.
Most couples are scrambling at the last minute to get a Valentine’s Day card and treat however with a bit of planning, you can make these Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts for Valentine’s Day.
Your loved one will love you even more, if that is even possible.
Valentine’s Day Gourmet Basket Recipe Ideas
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
Easy Pastry for Jam Tarts
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 popular Mincemeat Pie recipe, so we will use that recipe to make pastry for the jam tarts.
For this jam tarts recipe, I had no heart-shaped cookie cutter handy so I had to free-hand the heart shape.
If you have a heart cookie cutter, it will be much easier, and you can pick them up at the Bulk Barn for about $0.79 each.
Forget Convenience For Valentine’s Day
Store-bought Valentine’s Day heart-shaped Jam tarts and cookies may be flying off the shelves at the grocery store for convenience but will never taste as good as your house will smell once these jam tarts go in the oven.
I think 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 fantastic jam tarts to work for Valentine’s Day these are the tarts you’ll want to make or enjoy by yourself.
Not only are the jam tarts fairly simple to make but they won’t send your budget into overdrive as some homemade pastries will.
If you make homemade jam it would be perfect for this recipe and cut costs even further.
Baking Tips For Valentine Jam Tarts
How long does it take to bake jam tarts?
The best bit is it takes about 30 minutes from 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.
A 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 critical ingredients added, but it also 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 food 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: Don’t attempt to use margarine in this recipe or it will be a colossal disappointment and extra time if you have to make another batch.
How To Make Queen Of Hearts Jam Tarts
Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts for Valentine’s Day
- Recipe Type: Dessert
- Cuisine: Dessert
- Author: Mr.CBB
- Prep time: 15 mins
- Cook time: 15 mins
- Total time: 30 mins
- Serves: 12
If you are looking for a homemade dessert to bring to work for Valentine’s Day or a potluck, this is your go-to recipe because it’s simple and it should work with any budget.
- 8oz flour
- 6oz butter
- 3oz caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup water (you 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 or homemade jam
- 1/3 cup icing sugar
Instructions To Make Jam Tarts
Mix together the flour and butter until it resembles 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 it 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 hearts 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 top. Fill in the little heart with jam.
Please in the oven for 15-20 minutes (depending on your oven)
Let cool as the jam will be hot.
When cooled sprinkle it with icing sugar to decorate or you can leave it plain.
Whether you make these jam tarts for Valentine’s Day, or just to say, “I Love You,” the recipient is filled with love knowing that someone cared to bake homemade treats for them.