The Food Exchange – a new project and a recipe for Jam Tarts

Recently whilst browsing through other blogs I discovered the blog of Lucya (www.lucyabakes.wordpress.com). I fell in love with her posts and her recipes, we got in touch and once we had realized that I recently moved from Germany to the UK, whilst she moved from the UK to Germany we had the idea to start a project together.

The idea is that every month Lucy gives me a recipe for an English bake, whilst I tell her about a German recipe that I really like…we both bake each others recipes, take pictures and write about it. So this post is about our first challenge which involved fruit (in what I baked) and apple (in what Lucy baked). Welcome to “The Food Exchange”!

(click on ‘continue reading’ to read the rest of this post. :))

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This month is our first month and I am really excited to start our project  – first of all I want to introduce you to lovely Lucy…but enough talking now…it is your turn, Lucy: 🙂
Hello! My name is Lucy aka Lucya and I own the blog Lucya Bakes. I am 24 and moved to Germany with my Husband in August 2014. My blog is predominantly a baking blog but I also post about moving to a new country, learning a new language, cultural differences and about my experience in a language school and applying for apprenticeships. I have dreamed of being a Pâtissier for a long time. With the move to Germany I decided to give it ago. I have been accepted for a three year apprenticeship which starts in September, so will be writing about that too!
I am really looking forward to starting this new project with Greta and look forward to trying some new German food! Hopefully I can introduce Greta to some nice English things too! 

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The first theme of The Food Challenge are small cakes and tarts. Lucy’s challenge for me for this month are to bake delicious Jam Tarts.

I had never made Jam Tarts before and I was a bit worried that they would break right away after I would take them out of the oven. Lucy recommended this recipe to me, that her mum and she always uses and I gave it a try: (http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/pauls_mums_jam_tarts_68845)

In my opinion you can never go wrong with a recipe from Paul Hollywood, which is why I want to share this recipe with you this week instead of writing my own.

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For the tarts I made a strawberry and mint jam by myself, so the tarts tasted really fresh and lovely. If anyone is interested I can post the recipe for the jam in another post.
Try out the recipe for the Jam tarts…it is so easy to make and the tarts turn out really great. I recommend though that you to bear in mind the advice from the recipe and do not put too much jam in the tarts!
I obviously thought that it looked like there was absolutely not enough jam in each tart- so have a look at the pictures as of course the jam flooded the tarts. Well, I guess this is how you learn 🙂

Although the tarts don’t look perfect they really tasted great! Thank you, Lucy for my first challenge! I loved it and I am looking forward to my next challenge.
Have a look at Lucy’s blog to see what she baked: http://www.lucyabakes.wordpress.com madebygreta_Jam_tarts3  madebygreta_Jam_tarts13 madebygreta_Jam_tarts24

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