Queen of Hearts Tart

Sainsbury’s magazine  published a recipe for Queen of Hearts Tarts which we have listed below:-

Get ahead
Make up to 1 day ahead; store in an airtight container. They can also be frozen.

You will need:

    Plain flour, for dusting
    ½ x 500g block dessert pastry
    25g softened butter
    25g caster sugar
    1 medium egg, beaten
    40g ground almonds
    ¼ tsp Taste the Difference French almond extract
    100g seedless raspberry jam (we used Hartley’s)

  1.  Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour. Roll out the pastry until about 3mm thick. Using a 7.5cm fluted round cutter, stamp out 12 circles of pastry and use to line a 12-hole nonstick patty tin. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2.  Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Meanwhile, scrape up the pastry trimmings and re-roll. Then stamp out 12 hearts with a 4cm heart cutter. Put onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake in the oven for5-8 minutes until golden.
  3. To make the filling, beat together the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Then stir in 25g beaten egg (use the rest for glazing the scones if making), ground almonds and almond extract until combined.
  4.  Divide the almond mixture equally between the pastry cases, smooth level with the back of a teaspoon, then bake in the oven for 15 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and, using the back of a teaspoon, press down the tops of the almond mixture to flatten slightly. Heat the jam in a small pan until melted and spoon a little over the top of each one to cover the top completely. Return to the oven for 5 minutes. Then remove and top each with a pastry heart. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then enjoy warm or cold.