Traditional Bakewell Tart Recipe

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    90 min
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Bakewell tart is the famous British tart made in the picturesque town of Bakewell in the Derbyshire Peak District. It is easy to make, is a delicious dessert and also makes a delightful afternoon treat. What is not to like

What You'll Need

  • For the Pastry
  • 150g all purpose/plain flour (see tip below)
  • pinch of salt
  • 85g butter, cubed or an equal mix of butter and lard
  • 2-3 tbsp cold water
  • For the Filling
  • 2 tbsp raspberry jam
  • 150g butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs plus 1 yolk, beaten
  • 150g ground almonds
  • Zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 2 tbsp flaked almonds
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten

How to Make It


  • Heat the oven 170°C/325°F/Gas 3
  • Place the flour, butter, and salt into a large, clean bowl.
  • Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, working as quickly as possible to prevent the dough becoming warm.
  • Add the water to the mixture and using a cold knife stir until the dough binds together, add more cold water a teaspoon at a time if the mixture is too dry.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for a minimum of 15 minutes, up to 30 minutes.


  • Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured board to 5mm thick. Grease and then line an 8 inch- 20cm deep tart tin with the pastry. Prick the base all over with a fork. Chill in the refrigerator for 15 mins.
  • Line the tart case with baking/greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans. Cook for 15 minutes or until the pastry is a pale golden colour. Remove the baking beans, lightly brush the inside of the pastry case with a little egg white, cook for a further 5 minutes. Spread the raspberry jam onto the base of the pastry case. Leave to cool.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until pale in color using an electric hand whisk. Add the beaten eggs and egg yolk a little at a time. Gently fold in the ground almonds and lemon zest.
  • Pour the mixture into the pastry case and gently level the surface to ensure the whole case is filled. Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the flaked almonds on to the surface and bake for a further 20 minutes or until golden and set.
  • Leave to cool and serve with custard sauce or cream.

Make as individual portions if you prefer. For this,  use a 12-hole muffin tin instead of a tart tin and follow the methods as above.

Tip: Use equal quantities of all-purpose flour and cake flour for a lighter pastry.
More Tips for Successful Shortcrust Pastry.

Make the dough in a food processor if you prefer by mixing the flour, butter and salt in the bowl of the processor on a pulse setting. When the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, add the water, slowly, through the funnel until the dough comes together in a ball. Wrap in Saran wrap/ Clingfilm and chill as above.