Sunday, 29 September 2013

Raspberry Bakewell Tarts

Vegan Raspberry Bakewell Tarts
Flaky pastry, raspberry jam, moist almond cake and a vanilla glaze.

These came about quite accidentally. The other day while my husband was working in the garden he handed me a small bucket full of blackberries that just happen to grow wild in the bushes on our property. I had been massively craving a good old-fashioned berry pie for days so I very happily whipped up a blackberry pie (which was so pretty, really wish I took a picture!)

Anyway, I had some pastry leftover sitting in the fridge and thought I would make some tarts. The pastry is my standard pastry recipe with a little added sugar. The cake recipe more or less comes from this cherry bakewell cake recipe on BBC Good Food with a little veganizing and scaling down to make tarts.

They really are incredible, I've made them a few times now and they have become a firm family favourite.  Flaky pastry, raspberry jam and a moist almond cake topped with vanilla icing. Absolutely lovely :-) Scroll down for step by step photos!

Vegan Raspberry Bakewell Tarts

Raspberry Bakewell Tarts

• 140g plain flour
• 1 Tbsp caster sugar
• ¼ tsp salt
• 75g vegan butter, frozen in blobs
• ½ tsp white vinegar
• 2- 2½ Tbsp ice cold water

• (about) 2 Tbsp Raspberry Jam

Almond Cake:
• 50g vegan butter
• 50g caster sugar
• 1 “egg” – 1 Tbsp cornflour, 1/8 tsp baking powder, 1/8 tsp xanthan gum, 1 tsp oil, 50ml water
• 50g ground almonds
• 1/2 tsp almond extract
• 25g self-rising flour
• ¼ tsp baking powder
• Tiny pinch of salt

• 100g icing sugar
• ¼ tsp vanilla
• (about) ½ Tbsp water to make a thick glaze 

First, freeze the vegan butter, this will help the butter process into the flour properly and help make the pastry really flaky but you will need small blobs of butter instead of a solid block. Just drop teaspoons of butter onto a plate lined with cling film then freeze until the butter is firm and frozen, it will take a few hours.

Place the flour, sugar, salt and frozen butter in food processor. Process until it's like fine crumbs, transfer to a bowl thin stir in the vinegar and enough of the water so that it just comes together.Tip out onto board and shape into a disc. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 1 hour. 

*cheat code - just buy vegan friendly ready made shortcrust pastry. In the UK/IRE Jus-Rol brand is vegan (last I checked) *

Remove the pastry from the fridge and give it a little quick knead - this will make it easier to roll out. Roll out the pastry and cut out circles using a cookie cutter that is about the same width as your tart pan indents and place into tart pan. Return the pastry lined tart pan to the fridge to keep cool while the cake batter is made. 

Almond Cake:
Preheat oven to 180C/ Fan:160C. First make the "egg" - whisk together the cornflour, xanthan gum and baking powder. Slowly add the oil and water whisking all the while. Continue to whisk briskly until it is VERY thick. Then add the almond extract and whisk again.

Cream the butter and sugar together, beat in the "egg" and extract. Whisk in the ground almonds then fold in the flour, salt and baking powder. Spoon a small teaspoon of jam into each pastry case then spoon the cake batter over top of jam, spread it out so it covers the tart then bake for 30 minutes or until lightly golden and firm to touch. Let fully cool in pan on a wire rack then remove the tarts to the wire rack. 

Vanilla Glaze:
Mix the icing sugar, water and vanilla until you have a very thick glaze, spoon over each tart and spread out gently just to the edges. The glaze should be thick enough that it doesn't run over the edges of the tarts but just runny enough that it will spread out. I drop a small tablespoon of the icing right in the centre of the tart then give it a gentle push out the edges with the back of a small spoon.

Yields 12 tarts.

Step by step photos! 
(well, except for the icing part - ooops!)
 Freeze the vegan butter into blobs for about 4 hours.

Add the flour to a food processor, then add the sugar.

Add the salt.

Add the frozen 'butter'.

Process just until it is crumbly.

Transfer to a bowl and add the ice water and vinegar, mix with a fork until you have a shaggy dough like this.

 Bring together into a disc.

Wrap in cling film and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Cream the butter and sugar.

Whisk the "egg" ingredients together until thick, then add the almond extract.

Add  the "egg" to the creamed mixture. (Note how thick the 'egg' should look).

Whisk the "egg" into the creamed mixture.

Add the ground almonds.

Whisk in the ground almonds (ignore the spatula, I used that after!)

Add the flour, salt and baking powder.

Fold in gently with a spatula until just mixed.

Use a round cutter that is the same size as your tart pan as you don't want the pastry going all the way up the sides - that's for the cake!
Roll out the pastry and cut out circles.
Place each pastry circle into the tart pan. Note the different thickness in my tarts as I suck at re-rolling out dough consistently!
Fill each tart with a teaspoon of raspberry jam.
Top each tart with a small tablespoon of cake batter. It will be thick.
Spread the cake batter out, making sure it goes right to the edge of the pastry. The easiest way is to spread out from the centre using your 2 index fingers.
Bake for 30 minutes at 180C/ Fan:160C then leave to fully cool in the tin on a wire rack.
Once cool transfer to a wire rack then ice them....which I didn't get a photo of as it's messy business! Just drop a blob of the thick glaze in the centre of the tart and gently push it out to the edges. It should be thick enough that it doesn't run over the sides. If it does stop and add a bit more icing sugar to the mix.

Vegan Raspberry Bakewell Tarts

Wait for the glaze to set, pour yourself some tea or coffee and enjoy!

Vegan Raspberry Bakewell Tarts

Nutritional Information: per tart (out of 12)

Calories: 155
Protein: 1.7g
Fat: 7.7g
Sat Fat: 1.6g
Carbs: 20.5g
Sugar: 12.9g
Fibre: 1g
Sodium: 118mg

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  1. These look incredible indeed! Thank you for all the fantastic stept by step pictures.

  2. These sound super delicious and look really fancy! Raspberry and almond are easily two of my favorite flavors. I need to have a tea party. I keep seeing all these adorable bite size treats that really make we want to break out the nice cups & saucers.

  3. These look amazing! I love bakewell tarts - so looking forward to trying these out. Interesting looking egg replacer :).

  4. You just generated all KINDS of yum in this single post. My man is from the U.K. He adores bakewell tarts and now, he can have them! You are a genius and cheers from the bottom of his happy little heart in far flung antipodean Tasmania Aus :)

  5. Thanks for all the comments!
    Mihl - cheers!
    Maesti - yeah, I've been using that egg replacer for years now, it's basically become my "go-to" egg replacer (when eggs are more necessary than usual, normally I just omit them). I got it from a substitution website but it seems to be gone now, otherwise I would give credit!
    Shannon - I hear yeah, I've been wanting to host a vegan tea party for ages now, would be so yummy!
    theroadtoserendipity - :-) hope he likes them!

  6. These look absolutely screen-lickingly good. In fact, I'm going to have to go out and buy a bun tray at the weekend and get a batch going. Yum!


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