The Daring Bakers’ Challenge: Bakewell Cluster …er Tart…er…pudding

The June Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar. They chose a Traditional (UK) Bakewell Tart… er… pudding that was inspired by a rich baking history dating back to the 1800’s in England.

A Bakewell Tart consists of three parts: a shortbread-crust, a jam layer, and a sponge-like frangipane.

I had high hopes for this challenge. The shortbread crust came together nicely and the scraps baked up into lovely cookies when topped with a bit of jam. I made the jam with strawberries I bought from my CSA; it, too, was delicious.

And then there’s the frangipane. I don’t know where I went wrong, but I began to suspect a problem when the frangipane starting poofing up on oneside and staying flat on the other. By the time it came out of the oven, the top of the tart looked like a mountain range. A mountain range oozing butter. Once it cooled, the rough-terrain flattened out a bit, but still: atop it sat a buttery Lake Titicaca. I poured off the liquid and let the tart cool fully.

Sure, it looks normal but the taste … well, let’s just say I can see where the dessert was supposed to go, but am keenly aware of what its lacking.

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