I found this recipe in Lorraine Pascale's Baking Made Easy and made it for my boyfriend's birthday, mainly to prove that I do listen to his baking requests!
This was the first time I have ever made Bakewell Tart never mind pastry and, having heard many pastry horror stories, I followed the recipes suggestion and bought pre-made pastry. I hear all of your jaws dropping and I am not ashamed (I must repeat this to myself), this honestly saved me a whole lot of time and took a load of stress from the pressure of providing the only birthday 'cake' for the party. I must say at this point, however, that a recipe for Lemon and Almond pastry was also provided, I just took the cheat's way out...
I don't like Bakewell Tart, or more to the point I don't like almonds so this may appear a pointless venture but it's my boyfriend's favourite and it was a big birthday! I decided to make two tarts (the best one going to my Grandfather to fatten him up) and by the time I made the second tart, I felt like a pro.
This of course is all down to Lorraine Pascale and her brilliant 'baking made easy' which allowed me to bung all the ingredients into the mixer and concentrate on my shop bought pastry. It was a bit of a faff mind and took a good 3 hours to make the two tarts, this was not helped by my refusal to taste the tart but I tried and it was very good indeed!
-Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F/Gas Mark 4