LIFESTYLE: Mum On The Run Jam Tarts

I don’t know what it is about lazy Sundays and this time of year that makes me want to bake with my little ones. It makes us all so happy and there’s honestly nothing id rather be doing on Sunday.

We decided to make these jam tarts due to a shared loathing for mince pies. I’m no whizz in the kitchen which you will soon realised once you see my method and further pics below but this is probably the simplest and easiest thing we’ve ever made but really gave the kids the chance to get fully involved but with the littlest of mess!

Before you begin:

Christmas songs are essential

What you will need: 

Ready rolled sweet shortcrust pastry sheets


Pastry or cookie cutters

Muffin tray (or similar)

A little beaten egg

Icing sugar to decorate  (optional)



1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°c and unroll pastry according to packet instructions.

2. Using a pastry cutter cut out the circles that will make the Base of your Tarts.  In true mum on the run style I didn’t have a pastry cutter so I improvised and used a champagne flute. This made smaller size Tarts so I would recommend a larger rimmed glass. (I’ve since pinched one of my mum’s pastry cutters). Lay these in your Muffin tin and gently prick them with a fork.

3. Using a teaspoon start filling them with jam.

4. Cut out your chosen shape to place on top. We used stars but hearts or other small cutters work well.

5. Brush with a little beaten egg and pop in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until pastry has browned slightly.

6. Leave to cool, dust with icing sugar if desired.

So you can see how simple they are.

This week we tried them with pie fillings too. We did apple pie which we sprinkled with cinnamon but instead of topping with a pastry shape we topped with crumble mix! It worked really well in puff pastry too.

Let me know if you make any. Would love to see your efforts.



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