As I’m writing this I’m watching a childhood favourite; Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and when the door opened to ‘The chocolate room’ my imagination went into overdrive. I would have done anything to go into that room, even for just a few moments.
You may wonder where I’m going with this but stay with me; when I was growing up on occasion we had afternoon tea at my grandparents. This was only reserved for sunny days, I would pedal along in the little toy car they had or roll down the grassy slopes in the garden. We would have sandwiches, fondant fancies, Lyons chocolate cakes and jam tarts.
I’m not sure why jam tarts have fallen out of fashion; they where one of the first things we baked at school and it was always tricky to choose between blackberry jam, lemon curd or strawberry jam.
I won’t try to fool you; these aren’t like the traditional jam tarts, they are much lower in sugar, free from diary, packed with protein and there is no requirement to fuss with pastry (which really intimidates me). But they are simple to whip up, seriously tasty and you can make them raw if that’s to your preference but I think lightly baked gives them a wonderful chew and warm jam tarts? could you resist?[recipe title=”Jam Tart’s” servings=”10-12″ time=”25 minutes” difficulty=”easy”]
16g Ground Flax
18g Protein Powder (I used vanilla)
17g Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon argave or honey
Low Sugar Jam
Pre heat your oven to 160 degrees and put aside some cupcake cases or a silicone baking tray.
Place all your dry ingredients into a food processor (flax,oats,coconut,protein powder and dates) pulse a few times and add in the coconut oil (melted) and argave and pulse until a dough forms.
Now take a teaspoon of the mix and press into cupcake cases (or silicone trays if you have them) then press your thumb in the dough centre ready to be filled with jam.
Once all the dough is used spoon a little jam into each of the tarts, I’ll leave flavour and amount up to you and bake for 12-15 minutes (until the tarts are light golden colour).
Allow to cool and then enjoy, I kept these in a well sealed tupperware box in the fridge for 7 days[/recipe]
Are jam tarts part of your childhood memory? What other sweet treats do you miss?