Scottish Bakery Treats: Fern Tarts

Thus far, I’ve only encountered these in a pack of four assorted tarts, so am not entirely sure they are specific to Scotland. Vague snippets of information on the internet seem to support the theory, but until I see them more widely available, I’m going to reserve judgement.

fern tart

The name, I assume, come from the fern-like decoration in chocolate atop the icing of the tart. The tart itself comprises a pastry shell, a thin layer of red jam, a cake layer and an icing topping. It is very similar to a Bakewell tart, without the addition of almonds.

fern tart cross-section

As I’m not really that fond of Bakewell tart, fern tart was not for me. However I am going to keep a sharp eye out for other versions in bakeries, as I’d be interested to have another try.

4 thoughts on “Scottish Bakery Treats: Fern Tarts”

  1. I love these tarts, and it is next to impossible to find them , unless your in a large city that offer Scottish bakeries. In our opinion this, the Belgian cookie, and the scotch tarts that are pink, green and yellow that have a huge lump on the top are simply delicious…. and should more readily available in Ontario Canada… A bakery staple like the buttertart.

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