Bakewell tart

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Bakewell Tart
Bakewell tart on a plate.jpg
A slice of Bakewell Tart
Course Dessert
Place of origin England
Region or state Derbyshire Dales
Serving temperature Warm (freshly baked) or cold
Main ingredients Ground almond, jam, shortcrust, sponge cake
Variations Cherry Bakewell
Cookbook:Bakewell Tart  Bakewell Tart

The Bakewell Tart is an English confection consisting of a shortcrust pastry with a layer of jam and a sponge using ground almonds.[1] The Bakewell Tart is distinct from the Bakewell Pudding, which is a dessert made using flaky pastry, with a layer of jam covered by an egg and almond filling. Some versions of the tart are covered with a layer of fondant.


A commercially produced Cherry Bakewell.

The tart consists of a shortcrust pastry shell, spread with jam or jelly and covered with a sponge-like filling enriched with ground almonds (known as frangipane).

A Cherry Bakewell is a variation of the tart where the frangipane is covered with a top layer of almond-flavoured fondant and a single half glacé cherry.

Recipes abound, for example those given by Eliza Acton (1845) and Mrs Beeton (1861), and modern commercial examples are to be found in most cake shops and in most supermarket cake departments. The name Bakewell Tart only became common in the 20th century.[2]


The Cherry Bakewell Shot (or Shooter) is an alcoholic beverage made using a base of Amaretto.[3] A skilled bartender is able to layer the ingredients by pouring the respective spirits over the back of a chilled spoon. The name comes from the similarity in taste to the Cherry Bakewell tart.

The Gloucester Tart[edit]

In Gloucester, a similar tart is made using ground rice, raspberry jam and almond essence. Icing is optional. The recipe was rediscovered in 2013 in a book about Gloucester's history.[4][5]

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References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Famous Bakewell Tart & Pudding,, 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013. Archived here.
  2. ^ The History of the Bakewell Pudding
  3. ^ Shooter Recipe > Cherry Bakewell cocktail:uk, 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013. Archived here.
  4. ^ "Does tasty tart live up to city's name?" by Laura Enfield in Weekend Citizen, 18 May 2013, p. 17.
  5. ^ Gloucester Tart revived - and it's better than the Bakewell! by Laura Enfield, The Citizen Online, 17 May 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  • Alan Davidson (Ed.) (1999). The Oxford Companion to Food. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-211579-0. 
  • Eliza Acton (1845). Modern Cookery for Private Families. 
  • Isabella Mary Beeton (1861). Beeton's Book of Household Management.