Maids of Honour
I had forgotten this old recipe until someone mentioned them. A simple recipe and yes, unfortunately, not Cornish, old fashioned, especially with the cherry on the top, but I like old fashioned. But let’s be honest here - they are raspberry jam tarts with a sponge topping and some icing! The combination is absolutely delicious. But I wonder why Maids of Honour?
You will need a shallow 12 hole bun bin and shortcrust pasty to line the holes.
Pre heat your fan oven to 190C
My shortcrust is 8 oz plain flour, 5 oz cold butter, a little caster sugar, 1 egg yolk and 1-2 tablespoons cold water. Blitz the flour, sugar and butter in a food processor or rub in. Add the egg and water and mix. Chill for 10-15 mins before using. [you will only need half this quantity for the buns]
Roll out your shortcrust quite thinly, then using a cutter [3”], line the bun tin holes, pop into the fridge again while you make the sponge.
2 oz caster sugar
2 oz softened butter
2 oz SR flour
1 large egg, beaten with a small amount of milk
In a small bowl, cream the butter and sugar, then add the beaten egg alternatively with the flour.
You want a nice soft mixture, so you might need a tad more milk.
Place a small teaspoonful of Raspberry Jam in the bottoms of your pastry cases then gently spoon over the sponge mix, making sure the jam is covered, but take care not to overfill.
Bake for about 19-20 mins and leave in the tin for a few minutes after removing from the oven, then leave to cool on a rack.
Meanwhile make up a little water icing and halve some glacé cherries, then when the tarts are cold, finish the toppings.
Old fashioned baking at its best.
Note: I wash, then dry the cherries first.