Mini linzer tart with cherry-raspberry jam
Linzer tart is said to be the oldest cake in the world and named after the city of Linz , Austria .
It has a crumbly pastry base , a jam filling and a lattice top .
Now , if only making a lattice top is as easy as a pie ! -__-''
As I seldom make a pie or tart for that matter , handling the pesky tart dough is an arduous heh ! task ....
Kneading a sticky bread dough is much easier than handling a pastry dough ! pfffttt
I had no problem while doing the tart base but making a lattice strips that keeps breaking in several pieces made me sigh ....
Just sigh ! lol
After several broken strips and several re-rolling of dough , I finally gave up and added several dusting of flour and my last attempt produced a respectable lattice top ^___^ ''
It looks cute , isn't it ?! Okay , don't answer that ! lol
That's the only one though , the rest are blah ! tsk tsk !
The recipe that I used is from Good Housekeeping site and baking powder is listed as one of the ingredients in making a pastry dough , which you don't usually see in most tart dough recipes .
The filling is a cranberry and raspberry jam combo but I don't have cranberries so I used some of my frozen cherry stash instead and together with the raspberry jam , I might say , it's really a great combo !
I made eight 2-1/2 inch mini tart and about 20 small cookies .
( Please check original recipe of the pastry dough , the filling and how-to make at the site )
2/3 cup / 100 grams almonds
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup light brown sugar
6 T butter / 84 grams butter , slightly softened
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
about 125 ml of cherry-raspberry jam filling
Cherry-raspberry jam filling : Boil 1 cup frozen cherries , 1/4 cup cherry syrup ( from my Cherry almond ice cream ) and a pinch of salt for 8 minutes , over medium heat , stirring from time to time until cherries are soft and thickens . Add in 5 tablespoons of good quality raspberry jam and cook for 2 minutes more , cool completely before using . Makes 200 ml cherry-raspberry jam .
* In a food processor , blend almonds and 1/4 cup of the flour until nuts are very fine .
* In a large bowl , with mixer at medium speed , beat sugar and butter until blended ; increase to medium-high and beat until creamy , about 3 minutes . Beat in vanilla and egg until smooth , 1 minute . Reduce speed to low and add the ground almond mixture , cinnamon , salt , baking powder and the remaining 1 cup flour and beat until just combined . Gather the dough and form into a disc , wrap in a clingfilm and chill for an hour or until firm .
* On a lightly floured surface , roll about 2/3 of the dough out to a thickness of about 1/8-inch and carefully put dough into each individual tin , spoon out some filling on top . Roll out the remaining dough and cut it into thin strips , and arrange strips in a lattice across each tart shell . Chill for 30 minutes .
* Cut out the remaining dough to make some cookies and spread some jam between each piece , freeze or chill before baking .
* Meanwhile , preheat oven to 190°C . Lower to 180°C and bake tart for 25 minutes or until golden . Let cool in the tin before turning in the wire rack . Bake cookies for 14-15 minutes .
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