Saturday, 4 August 2012

Olympic Baking: Nectarine Gold Medal Tarts

The Olympics.

What can I say?

And I'm never lost for words (A, standing beside me as I type this, is fervently nodding in agreement)

It's awe-inspiring!

I'm glued to FiveLive on the way into work, I'm developing repetitive strain injury from pressing 'refresh' on my computer for BBC text updates and each evening is spent infront of the telly, gaining pressure sores from the sofa. I go to sleep dreaming of mixed synchronised time trial boxing medleys (well, they all mix up into one great big sport at the end of each day no?).

And we've still a whole eight days to go!

All that while still remaining on Cloud 9 (pun intended!) following the incredible Opening Ceremony, playing my very little bit and, erm, meeting Ban Ki Moon.

As I write even the most cynical are seduced by Olympic fever, Clare Balding has been crowned National Treasure and there are Cabinet-level discussions about cancelling this year's Sports Personality of the Year as there as simply far too many awesome Team GB candidates.

While the likes of Sir Chris, Wiggold and Queen Vic have the real thing, here's the baking version of their Gold Medals. Perfect to munch on while Team GB hopefully continue with their Gold Rush.

Yes, I appreciate these medal tarts can easily be mistaken for, erm, bunny rabbits

Gold Medal Nectarine Medal Tarts

150g ready rolled Puff Pastry (approximately half a pack)
4 nectarines, stoned and sliced into segments 
3 tbsps Apricot Jam
1 beaten egg
Icing sugar to dust
Patriotic Flags to fly

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas Mark 6. Roll out the puff pastry on a surface sprinkled with icing sugar
2. Using a 7cm (approximately) circular pastry cutter, cut out medal discs. Go for Gold: you should get roughly seven medals! 
3. Using the remainder of the pastry and a sharp knife, cut strips of pastry 2-3cm in length to make the medal ribbons
4. With a brush of the beaten egg, stick the pastry ribbon to the back of the pastry medals
5. Gently heat the jam in a small pan. Once warmed, brush the jam in the centre of each pastry medal, leaving approximately half a centimeter of exposed pastry around the edges
6. Arrange the nectarine segments into the centre of each pastry medal and along the pastry ribbon. Brush  the exposed edges of the pastry with the beaten egg
7. Pop in the oven for ten minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and puffed

Baker's notes...
  • These are easy-peasy and super quick. Admittedly not lightening-Bolt-100m quick but ideal for when you daren't take your eye off the telly and the Olympics in case you miss a single second of the action
  • They've been inspired by a combination of the Hairy Bikers, Nigella and Ren Behan from Fabulious Food, to whom I'm sending over these medals for the Sporting Snacks Blogging Challenge


  1. I love seeing our nation come together and enjoy such an amazing event, and it's hard not to be gripped by olympic fever. Your gold medal tarts are a great idea and I agree, perfect for munching on whilst watching.

  2. Isn't it lovely how we were all (well, I was) very ho-hum about the Olympics and now it's the greatest thing ever? Not so fun here given all the action happens in the middle of the night, but it is great all the same. I mean, last weekend I found myself transfixed by the weightlighting, for heaven's sake (and not just the unintentional double entendres in the commentary). Am equally in awe of your lovely golden bunny medal tarts. First prize!

  3. lovely medals... nectarines just go so well with pastry... I imagine the olympians themselves tucking into these with a smile on their faces... I'm LOVING the olympics too, it's been amazing.... lovely stuff!

  4. Ok - I'm going to be a bit controversial here! But do you think the commentating on the Olympics is actually a bit ... well ... naff? I think they are detracting from the effort the Olympians are putting in and hope that the athletes haven't heard half of it. Especially that awful comment Claire Balding made about Rebecca Adlington's bronze performance - I was so pleased when she had to go back on screen and apologise!
    Rant over - love the pies and your enthusiasm for the Olympics ;0)

  5. Haha I have to admit, the first thing I did think was bunny rabbits! But obviously they are medals, and very delicious ones at that. I'd be happy with one of these instead of a gold :-)

  6. The kiddies will love these and I don't see them lasting an entire day here or hour. : )

  7. Lovely idea.
    I'm loving The Balding too. And desperately want to make a cake with sideburns to honour the mighty Wiggo!

  8. I love the idea of a pastry medal - delicious! And nectarines - yum! Glad to hear you're enjoying the Olympics so much, I love the way it's bringing people together in awe of the athletes.

  9. Aah love these, they've brought a big smile to my face this morning along with rerading your very funny post! I can't believe how amazing the Olympics have been you must be SO proud to have been in the Opening Ceremony - you created history!!!!!! These tarts are absolutely glorious thank you so much for entering Sporting Snacks!

  10. They look gorgeous! I am still to attempt pastry... It might be the time.

    Laura x

  11. These look so tasty and great Olympic theming...I have something similar up my sleeve for the weekend! I don't know what I'm going to do when the Olympics is over!!! I didn't realise you'd been hob nobbing with Ban Ki Moon either...what will you do when the Olympics is all over! ;-)

  12. These are brilliant!! Sorry I'm a bit late to the party but it's been busy so just catching up on blogs now. Luckily the great british bake off is back so that will take away the pain of the Olympics ending :)


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