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Trentham Tarts

Pies and Pastries
Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Trentham

Shortcrust open tart filled with a vanilla sponge mixture over raspberry jam, iced and decorated with walnut halves and cherries. Supposed to have originated in the kitchens of Trentham Hall, the Staffordshire seat of the Dukes of Sutherland, but known first from Mr. Cornwell, confectioner of Church-street in 1910.

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Original Receipt from 'Secret Trentham' by Alan Myatt

Trentham tart was another delicacy to escape from the hall kitchens. Take 4 ounces of shortcrust pastry, 2 ounces of butter, 2 ounces of castor sugar, 4 ounces of self-raising flour, one egg, a quarter of a teaspoon of vanilla essence, half a tablespoon of cold milk, raspberry jam, and icing sugar. Line the pastry case with pastry, spreading jam thinly on the bottom. Mix the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg with a tablespoon of sifted flour. Fold in the rest of the flour with the milk and place on top of the jam. Bake in centre of the oven at 375 degrees for thirty minutes. Ice the top when cool, leaving one inch from the edge. Decorate with seven glacé cherries and seven walnuts, a split walnut sits aside of a single cherry in the middle of the cake. Eat like a duke!

Staffordshire Sentinel - Wednesday 06 April 1910

TRENTHAM TARTS AND FEDERATION CAKES. Wedding cakes, flanked by Trentham tarts and Federation cakes, will form the shop window display of Mr. W. Cornwell. confectioner of Church-street. The wedding cakes, the best samples of his art, will be worth see and a good many people will doubtless want to sample the Federation cakes. As for the Trentham tart, it requires no introduction. It is interesting to know that Mr. Cornwell is the originator, the inventor, the founder—at any rate the first maker of the Trentham tart. His establishment has, for this toothsome morsel. such a reputation that he receives orders from various parts of the United Kingdom. The name of this particular confection is a house hold one in Stoke. and presumably it is the same the Potteries over. Visitors to the exhibition are reminded that connected with Mr. Cornwell's establishment is a diningroom where luncheons and teas are supplied.

Church Street, Stoke.
Valentine's postcard c1906

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