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Jam Tarts

Jam tarts. A real local Newfoundland favourite, especially using local berry jams. You can use any jam you like in these gorgeous little mini tarts.

Close up overhead photo of Jam tarts with topped with cream

Jam tart topped with thick cream.

Often, I post recipes at reader request, even though the constituent parts of a recipe have been previously posted.

However, for the sake of search-ability and convenience, I am adding this as a stand alone recipe so that it is easier to find.

This post was actually promoted, like the just published Bakeapple Jam recipe, on social media feedback.

When I posted the photo below on our Facebook Page, as a demonstration of one way to use Shortcrust pastry, it got an immediate reaction. Folks started messaging me for the complete tarts recipe.

Blueberry, Bakeapple and Partridgeberry Jam Tarts

Blueberry, Bakeapple and Partridgeberry Jam Tarts

So I thought, why not put it all in one place. Here, I’ve brought together the pastry recipe with baking tart shells instruction, plus links to local berry jam recipes.

A little cream tops them off.

Traditionally, these tarts have often been topped by a little dollop of thick cream. The canned cream of choice for decades in Newfoundland has been Fussell’s. It is practically iconic here.

Two cans of Fussell's Cream stacked

Fussell’s Cream. A Newfoundland favourite for decades.

Jam Tarts on a white plate

Jam tarts. Using any favourite jam!

Can of Fussell's Cream opened with spoon inside

Fussell’s Cream. The perfect topper for pies, tarts and many desserts.

However, a few years back, I discovered an incredible substitute for it, in a method for making Homemade Clotted Cream. That thick cream is even better than the canned stuff in my humble opinion.

Homemade Clotted Cream

Homemade Clotted Cream

I am using the shortcrust pastry in this recipe, which is quite similar to a lot of tart pastries I have sampled in different parts of rural Newfoundland.

Assorted Jam Tarts on a white serving plate

Jam tarts. Using any favourite jam!

Some old pastry recipes are similar but sometimes call for milk and no egg yolks to bind the pastry dough together.

I find this makes the pastry a little more cake-y and soft, which is not ideal for mini tarts. I think this one is much more suited to purpose.

Sweet Shortcrust pastry tart shells ready for the oven.

Sweet Shortcrust pastry tart shells ready for the oven.


Sweet Shortcrust Pastry shells just out of the oven

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry shells just out of the oven

So here it all is in one place. I have included instructions for making the tart shells in the recipe.

I have included links to the clotted cream and the individual jam recipes in the notes on the printable recipe.

Bakeapple Jam in a mason jar and spooned into a small glass dish

Bakeapple Jam. a.k.a. Cloudberry Jam


Newfoundland Blueberry Jam with Lime

Newfoundland Blueberry Jam with Lime. The lime is easily omitted though.


Partridgeberry Apple Jam or Cranberry Apple Jam

Partridgeberry Apple Jam.

If you’d like to see more traditionally inspired recipes from our province, please check out this collection on some of our Most Popular Newfoundland recipes.
Top Ten Newfoundland Recipes photo collage for Pinterest

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Jam Tarts overhead photo of 3 tart versions on a white plate with title text added for Pinterest

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Close up overhead photo of Jam tarts with topped with cream
Yield: 24 mini tarets or 12 large

Jam Tarts

Jam tarts. A real Newfoundland favourite, especially using local berry jams. You can use any jam you like in these gorgeous little mini tarts.


For the pastry

  • 2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp cold butter (salted)
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tsp icing sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • (metric measurements in notes)

You will also need

  • 3/4 cup jam (approximately)
  • 1/2 cup thick cream


  1. This recipe can be made using a traditional pastry cutter to cut the butter through the flour and then just add the egg and water and bring it together into a soft dough.
  2. In the food processor method, just cut the cold butter into cubes and add to the flour in the food processor.
  3. Pulse process together until the butter is fully incorporated and the mix has a wet sand look.
  4. Add the egg yolks and cold water, then pulse process again until a soft dough forms.
  5. Divide the dough into 2 balls, flatten into rounds, and wrap in plastic wrap.
  6. Let the dough rest in the fridge for at least a half hour before using it.
  7. !To make the tart shells (see note for info on number of tart shells)
  8. Once the pastry is chilled as indicated, roll out to about 1/4 of an inch thickness.
  9. Using a 3 1/2 inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles of dough and place them in a 24 count mini tart pan.
  10. Carefully tuck the pastry all the way to the bottom of the pan, ensuring it gets into the corners.
  11. Chill the pan again for 15 minute
  12. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  13. Put the chilled tart shells into the preheated oven and bake for about 15 minutes until they are a light golden brown at the edges.
  14. Carefully remove them from the pan and cool the baked tart shells on a wire rack.
  15. When cool fill with a teaspoon or so of your favourite jam (or jams) and top with a dollop of cream if you like.

Links for the jam recipes:

Blueberry Lime Jam

( the lime can be omitted if you prefer)

Bakeapple Jam

Partridgeberry Apple Jam


  • This recipe makes 2 rounds of dough, sufficient for about 24 mini tarts or 2 pie shells. You can always use half and freeze the other round to use later.
  • Nutrition is calculated based upon 24 tart shells.
  • I converted this recipe from British measurements to North American measures a long time ago. If you prefer to bake by weight, here are the original measurements:

350 grams plain flour

200 grams cold butter (salted)

50 grams icing sugar (powdered sugar)

2 egg yolks

2 tbsp cold water 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 88Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 21mgSodium 25mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 0gSugar 4gProtein 1g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Wednesday 5th of June 2024

Hi Barry, could I use canned pie fillings in the shells instead of the jam?


Sunday 4th of October 2020

These tart shell are the BEST I have ever made.. they are so nice and flaky. Thank you for this delicious recipe. It will definitely be a keeper.

Denise Chippett

Thursday 9th of April 2020

Hi, it says in your recipe ingredients list 1/3 c of icing sugar but in the instructions it’s not included?? I made your recipe and added it to the flour mixture lol

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