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History Cookbook: Coronation Tarts

This recipe is in categories Edwardians and WW1, Baking, Desserts, Party food
About this recipe
Healthiness : (396 votes)
Difficulty:  3 out of 5 difficulty
Comments: If you use ready-made pastry this makes these tarts easier and quicker to make.
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Serving suggestions: Serve warm with custard

Bakewell and Coronation Tarts were made and eaten at the Coronation of King George V in 1911. Coronation Tarts are very similar to Bakewell Tarts but ground rice replaces ground almonds - possibly because it was a cheaper ingredient.
  • 4 oz ground rice
  • 4 oz caster sugar
  • 2 oz butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp almond essence or flavouring
  • 1 packet shortcrust pastry
  • Weighing scales
  • Teaspoon
  • Muffin tin
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Fork or whisk
  • Large cutter
  • Large bowl
  • Spoon
  • Wire rack
Making and cooking it
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  1. Pre-heat oven to 325F
  2. Grease a muffin or bun tin with butter
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter to a cream
  4. Gently beat the egg and add to the butter
  5. Stir in the ground rice, sugar and almond essence
  6. Lightly flour a work surface, and roll out your pastry to about 4 mm thick
  7. Use a large cutter to cut out disks of pastry and place into the greased tin
  8. Spoon a generous spoonful of jam into each pastry base
  9. Then add the ground rice mixture on top of the jam
  10. Sprinkle with a a few flaked almonds (optional)
  11. Bake in the oven for 35 - 40 minutes
  12. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before taking out of the tin, then remove from tin and allow to cool on a wire rack
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Name: Joan 25th May 2019
I am delighted to find such enthusiasm for ground rice tarts. My grandchildren are coming up tomorrow for the half term and ground rice taqrts are one of their favourites so I am just going to make them.
Our mum now gone always made them for us and I have continued to the delight of the whole family.
Oh by the way I'm a yorkshire (old) lass in Wakefield.
Enjoy and pass the delight onwards.
Name: Linda Jencius 9th December 2018
I had ground rice tarts in Keighley, Yorkshire - I hope these taste the same as I will try out this recipe
Name: Carmine 31st October 2018
Good and cool
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