Marmalade Bakewell Tart

Image of marmalade and flowersProud of your home-made marmalade? You’ve only got a couple of weeks if you fancy your chances in the annual World Marmalade Awards, due to take place in Cumbria on February 28 and March 1.

With categories like Clergy Marmalade, Peers and Political and Campanologists’ Marmalade, there’s surely an opportunity for everyone from high to low (or both if you’re swinging from a bell rope).

We eat a lot of marmalade in our house and making it is a January ritual. There’s still time, just about, to source some seasonal Sevilles.

Most dedicated marmalade makers have their own favourite recipes. You can find mine here. Delicious though marmalade is when spread on buttered toast, it has other culinary uses. Stirring some into a sauce for duck is the obvious choice, although orange flavours go well with pork, too. But don’t stop at savoury dishes.

My mum used to make a classic Bakewell tart as a teatime treat and I loved it when I was a child. Here I’ve substituted Seville orange marmalade for the usual raspberry jam in the filling and as it turns out it’s a really good combo. The marmalade provides a tangy contrast to the sweet shortcrust base and almond sponge topping.

Marmalade Bakewell Tart

Image of cooked tartIngredients for the sweet shortcrust:

225g (6 oz) plain flour

Pinch of salt

100g (4 oz) butter, cubed

15g (1/2 oz) white cooking fat, cubed

25g (1 oz) caster sugar

3 tbsp cold milk

For the filling:

2-3 tbsp Seville orange marmalade

25g (1 oz) plain flour

1/2 level tspn baking powder

50g (2 oz) ground almonds

50g (2 oz) butter

50g (2 oz) caster sugar

1 egg, beaten

Few drops of almond extract

Flaked almonds for sprinkling on top


Image of cubed butter

To make the pastry, sift the flour and salt together then rub in the cubes of fat using your fingertips (or whizz it all in a food processor) until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir the milk into the sugar and sprinkle over the mixture and cut it in with a knife (or whizz again) until the dough clings together and leaves the sides of the bowl.

Turn onto a floured  work surface and knead a couple of times to remove the cracks. Wrap in cling film and rest in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400f/200C/Gas Mark 6.

Roll out the pastry thinly on a floured board and use to line a loose-bottomed 20cm/8″ flan ring or tart tin set on a baking tray. Don’t trim it yet because it will shrink when you chill it again.

Spread the pastry base with the marmalade and pop it all back in the fridge while you make the topping.

Image of tart base spread with marmalade

Sift the second lot of flour and baking powder into a bowl and add the ground almonds. In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy.

Image of egg going into mix

Stir the almond essence into the egg and beat into the butter and sugar a bit at a time. Fold in the flour and ground almonds and mix until blended, easiest with a metal spoon. Trim the edges of the pastry case and blob spoonfuls of the topping over the marmalade (any small gaps will fill up as the topping spreads during cooking).

Image of topping on tart

Sprinkle with flaked almonds and bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes or until well risen and firm to the touch. Allow to cool before removing from the tin. Eat warm or cold, with cream or custard if you’re feeling indulgent.

Image of a slice of tart

12 thoughts on “Marmalade Bakewell Tart

  1. Yum, looks good. Thanks to Paddington (please don’t mention Clarkson again) marmalade is currently a big favourite here. Except for my marmalade which is thick cut and not much else! Goes well with crumbly sharp cheeses too, like Cheshire or Wensleydale.

  2. Oh, I’d forgotten about the World Marmalade Awards. I’d been going to enter this year, just for fun. But I shan’t. I don’t know what’s happened this season: my marmalade isn’t up to snuff. The flavour is good, which is what counts, but I’ve had some trouble with consistency. I must quickly get more oranges though, for non-marmalade purposes, before the season fizzles out.

      • Just to encourage you. A friend of mine entered last year. She’s a good cook, but she wouldn’t award herself any prizes. However, her marmalade did very well, and she didn’t feel she was up against highly superior opposition. That’s why I thought I might give it a go.

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