Puddings vs Tarts
Many folk who visit Bakewell are curious to discover the difference between a Bakewell Pudding and a Bakewell Tart.
First thing, there is a big difference in the taste – even though they have similar ingredients; pastry, jam and an almond topping.
Some folk will debate endlessly about the differences, but in simple terms we think that the Pudding is made using puff pastry, a layer of strawberry jam and topped with what is best described as thick almond custard (although it’s strictly speaking not a custard). It’s best served warm with ice cream, cream, or custard. Or all three!
A Bakewell Tart has a shortcrust pastry case, followed by strawberry jam and topped with almond sponge.
This means it’s much more cake-like and not nearly as sweet to taste as a Bakewell Pudding. Purists probably wouldn’t add icing to a Bakewell Tart, which does make it sweeter, but it’s just as delicious.
The only thing to do is try both and see which one you prefer!