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Downton Abbey inspired tea tarts

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If you are a fan of Downton Abbey or the Edwardian era, then you must check out Pamela's blog. Pamela is a historian with a love of food, especially Downton Abbey during the Edwardian Period. Food during this period wasn't the healthiest, but Pamela has not only recreated dishes, she makes healthy versions to enjoy without the guilt. This recipe in particular is for Treacle tarts, a rather sweet tart, but delicious in moderation.

Ingredients

(Recipe Courtesy of Downton Abbey Cooks)

Shortcrust pastry

1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
2 tbsp. sugar (or sugar substitute)
½ tsp. salt
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
2 large egg yolks (I freeze the whites for future baking)
½ tsp. vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons cold water

Filling

1½ cups golden syrup
1 large lemon, finely grated zest
1 tbsp. lemon juice
½ tsp ground ginger
1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

Makes one 9 inch tart or 12 smaller tarts

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Combine the flour, salt, sugar. Work in butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs (if you must you may use a food processor). Add the egg yolks, vanilla and water until a smooth dough is formed. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for half an hour.
3. Unwrap the chilled pastry and roll out as thin as you can (cuts the calories) to fit a 9 inch fluted pan, or you can cut into circles and press into muffin tins. Work the dough into the crevices of the pan.
4. Line with tin foil, fill with baking beans, and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and bake for 5 minutes.
5. Heat the Golden Syrup with the lemon. Add the ginger. Sprinkle the bread crumbs in the tart shell or distribute amongst the muffin tins. Pour in the syrup. Note, the syrup bubbles when cooking so the mixture should be not fill more than half way up the sides of your container…unless you are like me and love a crispy toffee crust from the overflow. Not great for your teeth, but yummy.
6. Use the dough trimmings to make a lattice top on the large tart if you like.
7. Bake the larger tart for 20–30 minutes, individual sized tarts for 10 – 15 minutes.

Thinking of throwing a Downton Abbey tea party, British themed party, or just simply enjoy some tea and tarts then the treacle tart is the perfect tart for your sweet tooth.

For more recipes Check out Pamela's Blog: http://downtonabbeycooks.com/

And for even more recipes you can purchase her Cookbook: Abbey Cooks Entertain

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