[Photograph: Chris Terry]

A Bakewell tart is an English confection consisting of a pastry crust spread with a layer of jam and topped with an almond-based filling. Sweet updates a classic with more exotic flavors: here, lime marmalade makes up the jam layer, and a shot of rum is added to the almond filling. The topping, either toasted almonds or coconut shavings, is a nice little twist. The overall effect is dense and sweet, cut through with citrus.

Tips: Lime marmalade, the main flavor of the filling, can be found at specialty foods stores, or in a well-stocked supermarket's jellies and jams section, or its international aisle. The book suggests a substitution of mango jam instead of lime; anything tropical would work well.

Tweaks: Pouring cream, a pourable cream with an approximate 35% fat content, is called for when serving slices of the tart. It's a rather heavy addition to an already pleasant dessert. We recommend skipping it.

As always with our Bake the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Sweet to give away.


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