A super simple Jam Tart Recipe that even kids can bake – with or without you!
I love that cooking with kids provides them with practical, hands-on opportunities to develop so many different skills and understanding of a range of concepts – cooking and baking can assist learning about everything from measurement to scientific change to safety.
Cooking can also assist the development of fine motor skills – that is, strengthening and improving the dexterity of the muscles of the arm, hand and fingers; muscles essential for learning to control a pencil to draw and write. Many of the processes involved in food preparation provide opportunities for children to use these same muscles – activities such as slicing, stirring, whisking, peeling, mashing, kneading, grating, squeezing juice, crushing with a garlic press and pounding with a mortar and pestle.
Like our Cheese Puffs and 3 Ingredient Lemonade Scones, this jam tart recipe is super easy for children of all ages to bake, albeit with varying levels of adult support depending upon their age and baking experience, and provides them with plenty of opportunities to use their very important fine motor skills.
Jam Tart Recipe for Baking with Kids
You’ll find the full recipe below but a few tips and a walk through of the recipe with images can be helpful for children to refer to as they cook.
This recipe is great as it requires just four ingredients – plain/all purpose flour, butter, water and jam. That’s it!
After preheating the oven to 180˚C, grease a muffin tray with a little softened, extra butter aonnd a piece of kitchen paper towel.
Next, sieve the flour into a mixing bowl and add the cubed butter.
Rub the flour and butter together with your hands until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the water a little at a time and gently knead with your hands until a firm dough forms.
Then sprinkle a little flour onto your work surface. Flatten and roll out the dough to 5mm thickness.
Cut circles out of the dough with a glass or large, round cookie cutter and press them into the muffin tray.
Place jam into a clean, empty squeeze bottle and drop approximately one tablespoon of jam into the middle of each tart.
If you like, cut decorative shapes with a cookie cutter from the remaining dough and place onto the top of the jam.
Bake the tarts for 15-18 minutes until the tarts are lightly golden.
Cool before eating.
- 250gm plain flour
- 125gm butter, diced
- 3-4 tablespoons water
- Strawberry jam
- Preheat oven to 180˚C. Grease a muffin tray.
- Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl and add the diced butter.
- Rub the flour and butter together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Add the water a little at a time and gently knead until a firm dough forms.
- Sprinkle a little flour onto your work surface. Flatten and roll out the dough to 5mm thickness.
- Cut circles out of the dough with a glass or cookie cutter and press them into the muffin tray.
- Place jam into an empty squeeze bottle and drop approximately one tablespoon of jam into the middle of each tart.
- Optional: Cut decorative shapes from the remaining dough and place onto the top of the jam.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes until the tarts are lightly golden.
- Cool before eating.
- Store baked tarts in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- Baked tarts can also be stored in the freezer in an airtight container.
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