Sunday, June 1, 2008

Go the Tahs!!!

We were all cheering for the Waratahs last night as they played in the finals of the Super 14 rugby union. They were playing in Christchurch NZ against the Crusaders. Sadly they lost but we were not down, no! we had a Waratah tart to cheer us.

The waratah is the state flower for New South Wales and is absolutely lovely to look at. It's also the emblem for the state rugby union team.

The tart was based on a Bakewell tart recipe. I know that there may be looks of horror from those in the know about Bakewell Puddings but this was more in the style of a 'Mr Kipling'.

Waratah Tart.

6oz plain flour and a pinch of salt
11/2oz lard
11/2oz butter
cold water
Strawberry jam
4oz self raising flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder
4oz butter
2oz sugar
2oz ground almonds
1 teaspoon almond essence
1 cup icing sugar
1 teaspoon softened butter
1 tablespoon milk

Make the pastry by rubbing the lard and butter into the flour and salt until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add about 6 teaspoons of water and draw the mix together to make a smooth dough. Roll out and line a flan dish, prick the bottom and then put in the fridge for about 30 mins to rest. Bake blind at 180 degreesC for 10 minutes.
Cover the pastry base with strawberry jam.
Make the sponge by putting all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until smooth, adding a little milk if the mixture is too stiff. Pile into the pastry case and return to the oven for about 20 mins. It's done when a skewer comes out clean!
Leave to cool for about 15 mins and make the icing.
Put all the icing ingredients in a small heatproof bowl and blend together. Put the bowl into a basin of hot water and stir until the icing is smooth. Pour over the tart and decorate. I made a template of the Waratah's emblem and used coloured sugar.

Commiserations to the Waratahs but the Bledisloe Cup starts soon!

Now who to cheer for as Daniel Carter is back on form and is rather nice to look at!!


Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

What a cute idea! Looks delicious, I love the buttery, almondy centre of Bakewell tarts! I don't like rugby but wound up watching the end of the game last night...if it's any consolation I was pulling for the Warratahs too, just to be contrary LOL!

JillyB said...

LOL! I have to say that although I was hoping the Tahs would win I didn't have much hope and I DO like watching Daniel Carter. I'll be in a real quandry when we go to watch the Bledisloe Cup in July because if Daniel's playing I'll have to cheer for him. Perhaps if I dress Little One in my Green and Gold and I wear all black we may cover all posts!! Teenboy will wear his England shirt no matter what!

Rosie said...

This is wonderful Jilly and what a great treat for your boys!!

Rosie x

Gillian N said...

Hi Jill

Finally found my way onto the website and your blog - but still can't work out how to change my name - will investigate further. Love the cake!