Vegan Jam Tarts
These vegan jam tarts are cute, dainty and perfect for Summer time. They are super easy to make, with just 4 ingredients, and would make a lovely addition to any afternoon tea!
Does anyone else just LOVE miniature desserts?
A while ago, I shared a recipe for mini lemon tarts in my monthly newsletter. It was a super simple recipe made up of short crust pastry and homemade vegan lemon curd.
Because they were so cute and dainty, I wanted to share another variation on the blog itself and I came up with the idea of strawberry jam tarts. In my opinion, anything flavoured with strawberries is just perfect for summer!
I love these because they contain just 4 ingredients, or if you use store-bought pastry instead of homemade, there are only 2 ingredients! You can’t get much easier than that, can you?
Aside from the pastry, you’ll need some strawberry jam for the filling. It doesn’t really matter which type of jam you use here, just use whichever one is your favourite. Do be sure to check the ingredients though- it’s rare, but I have seen jams made with non-vegan ingredients before. You can never be too certain!
I tested this recipe with Tesco’s own strawberry jam and then again with strawberry conserve, which was a little more on the pricey side. To be honest, I would just go with the cheaper option in the future because both were equally delicious!
So whichever filling you decide to use, I know you will love these mini tarts! If you’re ready to bake, let me show you how to make them…
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How to make vegan jam tarts
Before you begin, preheat your oven to 200°C / 400°F. If you’re using a fan or convection oven, set the temperature to 180°C / 350°F instead.
You’ll also need to have a 12-hole cupcake tin to hand, as this is what you’ll use to bake the short crust pastry in.
Add 200g of plain flour to a large bowl. Next, add 120g of vegan margarine or butter and rub it into the flour, until you have a mixture that resembles breadcrumbs.
Add 2 tablespoons of cold water to the breadcrumb mixture and stir it in. Use your hands to press everything together to make a firm dough.
Cover the dough in plastic wrap or put it into an airtight container and place it in the fridge for 20 minutes. This will help it hold its shape while it’s baking.
After the 20 minutes are up, unwrap the dough and very lightly knead the dough in your hands to soften it and get rid of any cracks. Be careful not to do this too much or the pastry will end up tough.
Roll the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface until it’s around 1/4-1/2 of an inch thick. Using a round cookie cutter that is around the same size as the cupcake tin holes, cut out 12 circles. You’ll need to re-roll the leftover pieces a few times in order to get 12.
Place the pastry circles into the cupcake tin holes and use your fingers to set it into place. Make sure it goes up the sides, so that it’s deep enough to hold the jam filling.
If your tin isn’t a non-stick one, you’ll need to give it a light spray of cooking oil before you put the pastry in.
Loosen your strawberry jam by giving it a good mix in the jar or in a small bowl. Then place 1-2 teaspoons into the middle of each tart case. Spread it out evenly into the tart.
Bake for 20 minutes then remove them from the oven. Be very careful not to touch them as the hot jam can cause serious burns!
Once the tarts have cooled completely, remove them from the tin and enjoy!
Yes! If you don’t feel up to making your own pastry, you can buy a ready-made one. Most of them are accidentally vegan-friendly but do check that there’s no butter or milk added just to be on the safe side. The one that I typically like to use is JusRol.
Anything goes for this recipe! I’ve made this recipe using a supermarket own-brand, super cheap jam and again using a fancy strawberry conserve. Both were equally delicious.
You can also use homemade lemon curd, marmalade, raspberry jam or any other type of jam/conserve that you like.
These are best enjoyed on the day of baking but will last for 2-3 days if stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place such as a kitchen cupboard.
Yes! These mini tarts freeze really well and it’s great to just take one when you fancy it, rather than having to defrost a whole dessert for one small piece.
Just pop them into an airtight container, using a sheet of baking paper in between layers if you’re stacking them. Then you can freeze them for up to 2 months.
When you’re ready to defrost them, transfer them to a wire rack or plate and let them sit at room temperature for an hour or two until completely thawed. I would advise against refreezing after you’ve defrosted them.
That’s all for now! I really hope you enjoy the recipe. If you make the jam tarts at home, please let me know how you get on by leaving a rating and/or a comment below. Happy baking! xo
Vegan Jam Tarts
Mini shortcrust pastry tarts filled with strawberry jam.
- 200 g Plain flour (1+⅔ cups)
- 2 Tablespoons Cold water
- 120 g Vegan butter or margarine (½ cup)
- 8 Tablespoons Jam of choice (I used strawberry)
Preheat your oven to 200°C/400°F (or 180°C/350°F if you're using a fan or convection oven). Have a 12-hole cupcake tray to hand.
Add the flour to a large bowl and rub the butter in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the water to the mixture and stir until it starts to stick together. Then use your hands to press it into a firm dough.
Cover the dough and place it in the fridge for 20 minutes.
After the 20 minutes are up, remove the dough from the fridge and GENTLY knead it in your hands to soften it up and get rid of any cracks. Do not overdo it otherwise the pastry will be tough.
Roll the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface, until it's ½-¼ of an inch thick. Use a round cookie cutter to cut out circles that are the same size as the cupcake tin holes, re-rolling leftover pieces as required.
Place a circle of dough into each cupcake hole and use your fingers to set it into place.
Mix the jam thoroughly to loosen it up. Then place 1-2 teaspoons into each pastry tart.
Bake for 20 minutes. Be careful not to touch the hot jam.
Leave the tarts to cool completely in the tin before enjoying.
- If the dough is too dry, add more water. If it’s too dry, add more flour.
- Use ready-made short crust pastry for an easy, 2-ingredient recipe!
- Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.