We can all be taken back to our childhood by certain smells, tastes or sights; things that bounce us back to a time gone by in a second. Where tastes are concerned, for me it is lavender, Rhurbard and Custard and Marmite. I can have any of them and I can feel like i am in a different place.
So when I was asked to have a taste of the brand new range of homebaking jams that Duerr’s has created. I jumped at the chance, as the first of the flavour combinations to launch is Rhubarb & Custard, a real blast from mine and many others’ childhoods. Now, I have to be honest even though this is a home baking jam I had to have my first taste straight from the spoon and then because it tasted so good, I had to have some on toast. You can really taste the Rhubard and Custard flavour and it is takes you back in an instant to a time of traditional sweetshops and buying sweets in a small white paper bag!
The added bonus is of course how delicious it is – I couldn’t wait to try and bake with it.
I am not the most adventurous baker, I tend to stick to what I know. However, for this I thought I would try something new, so I searched the internet and found a recipe for Jam Tarts – my first ever attempt.
The recipe I found was ‘Paul’s Mum’s Jam Tarts’ (Paul being Paul Hollywood of Great British Bake Off Fame), it started with a two ingredient pastry which seemed a lot simpler to make than I always thought pastry was and then simply cut them into circles and pop them in your tray. The next step is to add the taste by placing a teaspoon of the jam on each pastry circle! Now be careful not to lick the spoon until the end – I give you a warning though, it will be tempting. Here I added some decoration to the top and put in the oven.
It is the first jam in the UK to to be made specifically for home bakers. It’s formulated specifically for domestic ovens, making burnt bottoms and chewy tarts a thing of the past and ensuring a professional finish that Mary Berry would be proud of!
The tarts were really easy to make and the Jam is fab. Although, I think I need a little more practice before I impress Mary or Paul’s Mum. I will definite use the jam again though whilst I am practising. It is brilliant.