Vanessa Kimbell’s post suggesting we take part in random acts (bakes) of kindness was compelling. She suggested we think about who deserved a spontaneous thank you, a kind word or some recognition…and that we bake an extra batch of something just for them.
I love a bit of random kindness. My mum always taught me never to arrive at someones house empty-handed and always to consider what other people would appreciate.
She also taught me how to make jam tarts.
My Mum is sadly now stricken with Alzheimer’s disease and is unable to speak or move, let alone make or give gifts. Mum was always so full of life and was always involved in different clubs and organisations and was game for anything. Now she lives in a dementia unit and is looked after full-time by a lovely team of carers.
Today I dropped them off a batch of tarts as a little thank you for looking after my Mum
Tart Pastry – this makes 24+ tarts (or Mince Pies)
- 150g Plain Flour
- 100g SR Flour – you can use all Plain Flour
- 50g Icing Sugar
- 175g Fat – Mainly butter but with a little lard to shorten it
- 1 egg whisked with a dash of milk (you may not need all of it)
- Mix the flours and icing sugar then lightly rub in the butter and lard.
- Add most of the milk/egg mixture and stir with a knife until it starts to come together.
- Pull the dough into a ball and wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes or so.
- Roll out so it’s slightly thicker than a pound coin.
- Cut and place pastry circles in a non-stick bun tin.
- Add a teaspoonful of jam or mincemeat, don’t overfill as the jam bubbles up.
- If you have left over pastry add shapes on top.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes at 190-200 degrees.
- Allow to cool for 2 minutes then lift them out with a butter knife and cool on a rack.