2011-11-18

Greek Jam Tart - Pasta Flora





This is a very popular dessert in Greece although it's an Argentinian - Uruguay - Paraguay recipe..
Seriously I have no idea how this tart recipe came to Greece so many years ago..
In Europe it is known as the "Greek Jam Tart". I think that It's so famous because of the need to use all this jam that Greeks had in their homes.. You see, from the ancient times Greeks used to make various fruit jams (besides spoon sweets) all year round using summer and winter fruits. My grandmother use to make this recipe to make use of  these fruit jams.. in a simple yet delicious way..


Ingredients 

250 g cold butter cut into cubes
3 tablespoons cointreau or triple sec, or brandy
1 egg
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
a pinch of salt
1 cup Jam of your choice

How to make

Pulse the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a food processor. Add half the butter and brandy and pulse until the mixture looks like breadcrumps. Add the remaining butter and egg and pulse again. Remove from the food processor (If the dough doesnt hold together add a tablespoon of cold water and pulse again). Divide the dough 1/3 and 2/3, wrap and chill for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Roll out the largest piece of dough to fit the baking tart pan.Spread the jam of your choice.
Roll out the smallest piece and cut it into strips. Place the strips in a criss-cross patern and bake the tart for 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

PS You can add orange zest in the dough if you like and you can brush the tart with some egg and water before baking..

7 comments:

  1. A bet this is wonderful with a cup of tea! Wish you were my neighbor, we could sit and chat together and enjoy this! YUM!

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  2. That lovely tart would be good with tea or coffee, thanks for sharing!

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  3. This tart looks just beautiful!! It's rainy at the moment and I'd love a slice to go with my coffee :-)

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  4. It must be very delicious making with your homemade jam! I've never made jam or tart... I guess I'm missing a huge fun and deliciousness I think! There are so much to learn in baking - well in my case, most of baked goods.=P Lovely tart and perfect for this holiday season (in the US). :-)

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  5. I concur! I'll take this tart will my morning coffee,

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  6. This tart looks amazing! Dessert for breakfast! Yum. Also just wanted to send you a big thank for your cookies that I got in the mail yesterday - they were delicious!

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  7. This is so adorable. I love the way you did this tart.

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