Today I have a lovely little recipe for you - a vintage recipe from a cookbook
called The Farmer's Wife Comfort Food Cookbook. I've been wanting to
try this recipe for a long time. Over the weekend I was looking through some
recipe printouts that I have from the days before Pinterest, and found this
recipe. I used to print recipes that I wanted to try - I still have several stacks
of recipes waiting to be made! So glad I have Pinterest now! It's my online
recipe book! (It's also a lot cheaper because now I don't have to buy so
many ink refills!!)
I made these tarts a little different from the original recipe. The recipe
actually calls for Ritz Crackers as a base but I used ready made
tart shells. Though I bet that the saltiness of the buttery cracker would
be good too! The recipe also calls for chopped nuts which I had on
hand but just forgot to add! After I made the meringue topping, it
just wasn't as sweet as I like so I added an additional 2 tbsp of jam
and 3 tbsp powdered sugar. I also thought a bit of jam on the bottom
would be lovely, so I added 1/2 tsp seedless raspberry jam to each
tart shell before I piped the meringue topping. (I used a plain round
piping tip for this.)
Unfortunately the meringue wasn't as pretty after baking as before,
and it quickly deflated. Perhaps if I had stuck to the original recipe
they would've been prettier. However, they were delicious and
were quickly eaten up by my kids (my daughter is holding the tart.)
Another bonus was that my house smelled wonderfully of
If you'd like to try the recipe, pop over to the English Kitchen.
For my version, just use ready made tart shells (leave out the nuts
if desired) add additional jam/powdered sugar as desired and
add 1/2 tsp jam to shells before adding the meringue topping!
I used one of the vintage tablecloths from my collection in the shoot today
along with a vintage plate that I thought went well with the recipe.
Yum!! A plate of lovely tarts and a pot of Earl Grey! Perfect weekend treat!!
These tarts may not be pretty, but they taste delicious!! xo