These cuties are a real favourite of mine and so easy to make. I am still puzzled by the name. Research tells us that some names for food comes from the place where they originated so they must have come from Wales. Further research would suggest that “cheesecake” in olde English may mean just a tart.
My mother in law Betty always had a tin full of these little tarts and they were simply gorgeous. The recipe she used was her own.
Base: Roll out a block of puff pastry and cut out circles to fit in a muffin pan. Keep left over pastry to decorate the tops.
Drop generous spoonfuls of jam and her homemade Plum jam was the best.
2 oz flour
2 oz butter
2 oz castor sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Cream together the butter and sugar then beat in the egg. Fold in the sieved flour and baking powder until you have a smooth cake batter.
Put 1 teaspoon cake batter on top of the jam.
Using the scraps of pastry cut them into strips or shapes and put on top of the sponge.
Bake in a 200 degree oven for 10 mins until well risen and golden brown.