Store Cupboard Recipe 5: Jam Tarts

As restrictions are slowly in the process of being removed in most parts of the world, this will be the last of my vegan store cupboard recipe series for a while. It has been an interesting exercise in seeing how long I can eat a varied diet without popping to the shops regularly. However, I do hope we will all be able to return to our usual routines soon!

The ingredients for these tarts are bound to be in anyone‘s store cupboard or refrigerator. And when that craving for something sweet grabs you, why not whisk up a batch of these! They are very quick and easy, and go beautifully with a cup of tea. Just in case you have never made these before, here is the recipe.

Jam Tarts

For approx. 18 tarts you will need:

  • Some muffin or patty tins, greased, and a cookie cutter
  • 250 g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 125 g (1 stick and 1tbsp) very cold margarine or vegan butter, cut into small chunks
  • a little cold water
  • Jam of your choice

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F)

Make shortcrust pastry by rubbing the margarine into the flour with fingertips until fine and crumbly. Add just enough cold water to bring the dough together into a ball. (Tip: shortcrust pastry freezes really well – I only made 12 tarts and froze the remaining pastry for a rainy day. 😃)

Roll out on a floured surface to about 3mm (about 1/8 inch) and, using a cookie cutter that fits your patty tins, cut out shapes and place in the tins. Add a heaped teaspoon of jam to each. I used several different jams – strawberry, apricot and blackcurrant.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the pastry starts turning golden and the jam is bubbling. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely before removing from the tins.



24 thoughts on “Store Cupboard Recipe 5: Jam Tarts

  1. These remind me of a treat my mom used to make when we were young. Pineapple tarts. We thought they were exotic but they were really just puneapple jam or pie filling crimped into pie crust dough. So yummy. Especially the caramelized jam that oozed out the sides! Thanks for the memory!

    • Those simple recipes from years ago are often the best! 😉 My Auntie always made them for my Dad when we visited and she sometimes used lemon curd. 😃 Pineapple jam sounds good. Have never tried it.

  2. Oh jam tarts were a once a week on a Saturday treat when I was a child Cathy 😄 Thanks for your store cupboard series. I’ve certainly planned our shopping and meals with more careful attention over the last couple of months.

  3. So many things missing from the shelves in my town. I will can and freeze this year all I can and stock my pantry as from what I hear this will be around for a long time 😦

    Tomorrow I make a Trifle for the Garden Club meeting at my place fingers crossed no rain 🙂

  4. They look delicious and very easy to make. Cathy, you are a great pastry chef of simple things, I love it. I have not written to you before because I have been very depressed and to top it off one day I got so wet in the rain that when I went home I had to go straight to shower. My throat, ears and whole body ached from the cold. My ears still hurt but I’m better now. I really wanted to read your blogs and write to you. Cathy I hope that you and your family are well. Here in Spain, getting back to normal is much slower, especially in Madrid, but I take it easy. Take care. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita xx🌼

    • Good to hear from you, but sorry you got so cold in the rain. I am sure it will take a long time to get back to normal in Madrid. Wishing you all the best Margarita. Take care! xx

      • Cathy thank you very much for your sincere words of support. Now it is 33ºC and sunny in Madrid and the first heats are fatal although in Summer this is cold in Madrid. We continue the same with the Covid-19 in Madrid, other areas have advanced but Madrid has not. I take it easy with my dear Mother. We have a very nice terrace at home to be taking the air and the sun and seeing only trees that we can catch almost with our hands. I hope everybody is fine. Enjoy your garden. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita xx

  5. Oh, I am drooling! In a more tolerant mood, Judy might have baked some of these. Now she is unreasonably focused on staying healthy.

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