Monday, June 3, 2013

Jamming Deliciously

"It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam."
Gilbert K. Chesterton

Jam sandwiches are thought to have originated at around the 19th century in the United Kingdom. In Scotland they are known as pieces and jam or jelly pieces. The jam sandwich was an affordable food which was a major part of the diets of the lower/working-class people of cities such as London and Glasgow.

One plausible reason for this was that the ingredients that the jam sandwiches were made from cost little to manufacture and due to taxes being lifted on sugar in 1880, it became widely available as a cheap foodstuff.

Today, jam sandwiches are mainly consumed by children. Shops do not often sell individual jam sandwiches.

Rustic Fall Fruit Tart Recipe

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Servings:  8


1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup (1/2 of 250-g tub) Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread
4 fresh plums (9-1/2 oz./264 g), thinly sliced
2 nectarines, thinly sliced
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/3 cup apricot jam

 - USE pulsing action to process flour, butter and cream cheese spread in food processor until mixture is well blended and starts to pull away from side of container. Shape into ball; wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.

 - HEAT oven to 400°F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 12-inch circle. Place on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Combine fruit, sugar, cornstarch and ginger. Arrange fruit decoratively over crust to within 2 inches of edge; fold over edge to partially cover fruit.

 - BAKE 30 min. or until golden brown. Spread fruit with jam. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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