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A delicious (and large) twist on a classic treat – a giant jam tart. filled with homemade jam, and served with warm custard!

I have ALWAYS been a fan of jam tarts! Straight from primary school where the food was insanely amazing and all, but the desserts were the best – one of my favourites being the jam tart! When my parents used to buy packs of mini jam tarts as snacks, or they’d get baked at home, I would be the culprit that steals them all… no shame.

I was asked by someone to create my version of a jam tart so I thought I would comply, as I love them dearly. I admit, the pictures on this recipe are a bit poor, so I apologise that my photography effort wasn’t 100%, but I wanted to eat it so rushed it!

The lemon zest and vanilla bring out such a delicious flavour in the pastry that I always include it, but they are optional – I just think it compliments the jam well! I also used my homemade summer berry jam to fill it, but you can use your favourite flavour that you desire – my second favourite is strawberry!

This makes a delightful dessert if you want to impress with something simple, or it suits a family dinner perfectly – its entirely up to you! Summers evening or a cosy evening indoors, this recipe really does tick all the boxes!

Giant Jam Tart!

A delicious (and large) twist on a classic treat - a giant jam tart. filled with homemade jam, and served with warm custard!
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Category: Dessert
Type: Tart
Keyword: Jam
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Setting and Cooling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 8 slices
Author: Jane's Patisserie


  • 225 g plain flour plus extra for dusting
  • 110 g cold unsalted butter diced
  • 75 g icing sugar
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 medium egg beaten



  • Rub the plain flour and unsalted butter together until breadcrumbs are formed - try not to let the butter get too warm so use your fingertips
  • Once the breadcrumbs are formed, add the icing sugar and mix together
  • Add in the beaten egg, vanilla extract and lemon zest and combine with your hands until a soft dough is formed - this may take some time but its worth it in the end
  • If you find that the pastry really isn't forming into a dough then add a teaspoon of water at a time until it does
  • Wrap the pastry in cling film and let it rest for 30 minutes in the fridge
  • Once rested, remove the pastry from the fridge
  • Preheat your oven to200C/180CFan and grease and flour an 8" tart case or a long one!
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about the thickness of a £1 coin
  • Line the pastry tin with the dough, patching any gaps
  • Refrigerate the pastry again for 10 minutes
  • Spread the jam across the bottom of the pastry and refrigerate the tart whilst you do the rest
  • If you are using the rest of the pastry to decorate it then cut and shape this now and then add to the top of your jam tart
  • Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or so until it is baked through (the pastry will go golden, and the jam will bubble slightly!)
  • Leave the tart in the tin to cool on the side and for the jam to set
  • ENJOY!


  • I used my homemade summer berry jam for this, but I find any jam is delicious - so its entirely up to you!
  • Serve warm or cold with custard, cream, or even ice-cream! The possibilities are endless!
  • This is best served on the day of baking, but will definitely last overnight for the next day if covered in an airtight container!


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  1. plasterer bristol on June 2, 2016 at 5:25 am

    oh wow, i remember making these as a kid. Old school classic.


  2. abbiosbiston on September 13, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    My husband would go mad for this!

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 14, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      Haha my family did – went so quickly!

  3. Gen on September 10, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Oh that looks amazing! I love that you paired lemon zest with vanilla bean. Two of my faves!

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you! And me too – they work so well together in pastry!

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