Easy Jam Tarts for a quick sweet fix

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

In times of stress and tension, the only thing that seems to help Is baking. And as a sweet treat junkie, I am absolutely okay with this! With the arrival of my lactose intolerant nephew, came the challenge of lactose free baking - so my sister could still eat all the goodies but not pass the lactose onto him while feeding. Her favourite sweet treat is a jam tart, so it only seemed natural to have a bash at whipping up a batch.

I've never really done any lactose free baking, so these tarts were somewhat of an experiment. Of course the recipe I'm going to post is standard, using dairy, but I'll also let you know how I edited it to suit us.

You Will Need...

1 Egg
65g Caster Sugar
250g Plain Flour
175g Butter
A dash of water
Jams of your choosing


1. Preheat the oven at 160 degrees and line either a 12 cup muffin tray, or baking tray (or in my case, both)

2. Cream your butter and sugar, until light and fluffy

3. Add the egg and mix. Slowly sift the flour into the mix, to form a dough.

4. sprinkle some flour over a clean surface and roll your dough to be about 5mm think. Using a round cutter, or a mug, cut out your tart cases and line them in the tins. For the square jammy dodger type tarts, simply use 2 squares, using the pad of you fingers, gently press a small dip in the bottom square for your jam to sit in. once you have places your top party on, use a knife or fork to seal the edges to keep the jam nicely tucked in.

5.Spoon a few table spoons of your chosen jam into a bowl and add a dash of water, and mix well. Spoon the jam into the cases so they're around 2/3 full.

6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are golden.

7. Resist temptation and allow too cool. It will be worth it!!

Edited Recipe and Method

1 Egg
65g Caster Sugar
350g Plain Flour
175g Plant Based Butter - I used Flora
A dash of water
Jams of your choosing

Everything about the method is exactly the same. the only read difference is that due to the oil in the butter, more flour is needed. This does give the pastry a slightly more biscuity, but that doesn't take away from the amazing taste!! I also upped the oven to 190 degrees and cooked them for roughly 20 minutes, but its really just about keeping me eye on them and bringing them out when they start to harden.

I hope if you give these little beauties a go, you'll find them as easy as I did, and im so sorry if leads to a minor addiction and they don't become a daily bake... which I'd be lying If I said hadn't happened to me!!

Happy baking, Thank You as always for reading,
Love Rosie xxx

Coronavirus and Me

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

**Disclaimer, I wrote this at 2am in the height of panic. It just proves the fact, writing things down, really does help! Xx

The dreaded C word. It’s everywhere. On the news, on social media, in our WhatsApp chats, in our heads... I for one know it’s been whirling around my little brain like a bee none stop, and no matter what I do to distract myself from it, I always just seem to end up in a little frenzy about it.
I know I don’t have a big following on here but none the less, I wanted to share my thoughts because if there’s one thing I’ve learnt through years of battling with my mental health, it’s writing things down can help solve the tangled web of anxiety that’s getting knotted up in your brain.

I started off this whole ordeal with a very naive mind set. “We’ll all be fine, it’s only the flu” safe to say, I am now terrified. I feel like I’m literally living in a film, and while one of my many aims In my career is to be in a film, this is NOT one I want to star in. To feel utterly helpless, uninformed and constantly worried is a strange feeling. While it gives me peace knowing we’re all in this together, I’m still trying to workout what we’re actually all ‘in’.

Like everyone, I’m trying to put a positive spin on self isolation, but the fact of the matter is, we have to leave the house to get food if nothing else. This in its self is starting to cause an anxiety I have never felt before. I absolutely will go and do the shop instead of letting my parents go, but what if there’s no food?! While I understand the panic brought to the country, not everyone has stock piled meaning people are now without. How far is this going to go? I know toilet roll has been almost a joke, but genuinely what if we just can’t get anymore. It’s blows my mind!

I’m not even going to start on the fact I’m currently out of work, I understand its necessary to stay away from pubs, restaurants and theatres, but without the government officially closing them, we’re all left in an unemployed mess not knowing what to do. I have contacted temp agencies, but do I really want to put myself in office conditions with this in the aircon? It’s making me second guess every decision I have to make. In terrified I’ll bring something home, I’m scared for my older father and my high risk group mother, I’m scared for my baby nephew, my aunt still receiving medical treatment, my friends mother, grandparents, relatives and friends. I’ve never felt so helpless and I hate there’s nothing I can do.

I’m sure, and hope and pray, this will all get easier as we all become more informed and learned about the current situation, and must keep a trust in the government that though we might not agree with every decision, their plan will work. But for now, I, like everyone else, an terrified.

So let’s all stay strong together. Keep updated, don’t overload yourself with media, look after your mental health and wash your hands. If you made it through this mad rambling, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Look after yourself and stay safe.

Thank you as always for reading,
Love Rosie xxx