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 pastry, frangipane
Variations Cherry Bakewell
Gloucester Tart
Cookbook: Bakewell Tart  Media: Bakewell Tart

The Bakewell Tart is an English confection consisting of a shortcrust pastry shell beneath layers of jam, frangipane, and a topping of flaked almonds. The tart originated in the Derbyshire town of Bakewell.[1][2]


The term Bakewell Tart entered common usage during the 20th century.[3]


In the 20th century, the Bakewell Tart recipe was developed as a variant of the Bakewell pudding.[2][3] Although the terms Bakewell Tart and Bakewell Pudding have been used interchangeably, each name refers to a specific dessert recipe.[1][3][4] The tart is available in cake shops and supermarkets throughout the United Kingdom.[3]


Cherry Bakewell[edit]

A commercially produced Cherry Bakewell.

A Cherry Bakewell, also known as a Bakewell Cake, is a version of the tart where the frangipane is covered with a top layer of almond-flavoured fondant and a single half glacé cherry.[3][4]

Gloucester Tart[edit]

In Gloucester, a similar tart was made using ground rice, raspberry jam and almond essence.[5] In 2013, council leader Paul James discovered a recipe for Gloucester Tart in a Gloucester history book.[5][6] Subsequently, Gloucester museums revived the recipe, serving complimentary Gloucester Tarts to museum patrons.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bakewell Tart & Pudding". Retrieved 2015-12-05. 
  2. ^ a b Davidson, Alan (2014). The Oxford Companion to Food. [S.l.]: Oxford University Press. p. 54. ISBN 0199677336. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "The Bakewell Pudding - Bakewell, Derbyshire". Retrieved 2015-12-05. 
  4. ^ a b "Pudding or Bakewell Tart?". Bakewell. 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  5. ^ a b Enfield, Laura (2013-05-17). "Have you tried the Gloucester Tart yet?". Gloucester Citizen. Retrieved 2015-12-05. 
  6. ^ Enfield, Laura (2013-05-18). "Does tasty tart live up to city's name?". Weekend Citizen: 17. 
  7. ^ kiejo (9 May 2013). "Gloucester’s ‘mystery tart’". Weekend Citizen (Gloucester, UK). Retrieved 1 Jan 2016. 

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