First on the list of Weekly Bakes this week is my version of the world famous (in England) Bakewell Tart. In fact, the Bakewell Tart is so well known in England that it’s town of origin, the Derbyshire town of Bakewell, has built up an entire tourist industry around this delicious pastry. Originally eaten as a pudding, we now tend to eat this more with Afternoon Tea. This little beauty is really a cross between an tart and a cake made with a layer of raspberry jam, frangipane and flaked almonds (I also add a few fresh raspberries to the jam layer), all encased in a sweet crust pastry.
As ever, this goes really well with a cup of tea, but why not have it as a dessert with a big blob of ice-cream, cream or (if you want to go really English) smothered in hot thick custard.
Second on the list, are Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Mini Loaves. These large crusty rolls are practically a meal in themselves made with a little wholemeal flour, bacon and Cheddar cheese. Best eaten warmed through in the oven, great for a Sunday night supper in autumn with a bowl of hot soup, add butter if you want, or dunk in a little olive oil if feeling a bit Mediterranean.
Fresh Raspberry Bakewell Tart:
15€ – serves 6-8 (or maybe just 1!)
Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Loaves: €12 for 2 loaves (2 medium servings per loaf)
How to order:
By email email@example.com any time today (Wed 26th Sept) or tomorrow (Thursday, 27th Sept) before 12 o’clock for collection by appointment from The English Baker in Merode on Friday, 28th September.