Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Kentish Tart Memories

Do you have a favorite food that is a childhood memory of Thanksgiving and Christmas family dinners? Well, I do. My mother's family was from Liverpool, England, and she always made a special dessert for family gatherings that she called Kentish Tart.

The original recipe was given in terms of the weight of an egg, so no telling how old the recipe was!

She always made it without measuring anything ... but I'm not into cooking and didn't have the good sense to learn how to make it anyway. Then she developed Alzheimer's Disease and finally passed away, so the recipe is lost to us.

It was made with a pie crust bottom, a layer of raspberry preserves, and then a layer of spongy yellow cake. It cooked up with a dark "skin" on the top.

If this recipe sounds familiar to anyone, our whole family would really appreciate your help in re-creating it. Putting this special dessert on our Christmas family table would be so meaningful!



Nancyrowina said...

I should be able to find it as my relatives are from Stockton which is further north in England, but they all eat similar recipes.
Thanks for your interect in wicca (from your comment on my blog) I'll try and find some more extensive info for tomorrow.

Dirty Butter said...

I appreciate your help, and yes, I would be very interested in learning more about your beliefs.

The Exile said...

I'm from Manchester and I have nver heard of this item - for the record Manchester and Liverpool are about 25 miles apart. The name suggests that it is a southern dish.

Dirty Butter said...

Thank you for taking the time to add this piece of information, Exile.

It may be that my English Grandmother, who died before I was born, was from southern England, but I don't know.

Dirty Butter said...

I posted my search for this recipe on a brand new blog, chef69 and, based on his information, I think this must be some variation on Bakewell Pudding / Tart. I just don't remember the almond taste.