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Classic Cherry Bakewell

Classic Cherry Bakewell
Classic Cherry Bakewell

Bakewell's a small town in Derbyshire that's really close to Sheffield. We're both Sheffield lads so we felt duty bound to make a vegan Bakewell tart recipe that would do the town justice.

This dairy free pastry recipe took a fair old while to perfect but goodness gracious, it was worth it. It takes a while to make but if you like Bakewell Tart, you simply have to set aside a couple of hours on a Sunday and make it. A great family vegan desert idea.

Ingredients
Method

Before you start

Preheat oven to 170°C | Medium saucepan | Deep 23cm loose-based tart tin, greased with olive oil | Parchment paper | Baking beans
| Small pan, optional | Stand mixer or hand-held beaters | Cooling rack

Ingredients

  • 200g ground almonds
  • 200g plain flour
  • 60g golden caster sugar
  • 15g demerara sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1⁄4 tsp almond extract
  • icing sugar, for dusting
  • flaked almonds, for sprinkling

For the Compote

  • 250g cherries
  • 250g raspberries
  • 75g golden caster sugar
  • 1⁄2 vanilla pod
  • 1 lemon

For the Frangipane

  • 100g coconut oil
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 150ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • a pinch of salt

Method

  1. 1.

    First make the compote | Pit the cherries and put them in the cold saucepan | Add the raspberries and caster sugar | Cut the vanilla pod in half lengthways with a sharp knife, scrape out the seeds and add them to the pan | Zest in the lemon, then cut it in half and squeeze in the juice, catching any pips with your other hand | Put the pan on a medium heat and bring to a simmer | Cook for 14–16 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and almost jam-like | Take the pan off the heat and set to one side to cool and thicken

  2. 2.

    To make the base for the tart, put the ground almonds into a mixing bowl | Stir in the flour, sugars and salt until well mixed | Pour the olive oil, almond milk and almond extract into a measuring jug, stir and then pour the mixture into the bowl | Mix well with a wooden spoon until a dough forms | Put the dough into the centre of the greased tin and use your hands to carefully and firmly press it out to evenly cover the base and up all around the sides of the tin

  3. 3.

    Lay a piece of parchment paper over the base and pour the baking beans into it to weigh down the pastry as it cooks | Put the tin in the hot oven and bake for 15 minutes | Take the tin out of the oven, remove the parchment paper and baking beans and put the tart back in the oven for a further 6–8 minutes, until the pastry is turning golden | Remove from the oven and set aside to cool to room temperature | Reduce the oven temperature to 160°C

  4. 4.

    To make the frangipane, first soften the coconut oil by warming it for a few seconds in the microwave, if necessary (or in a small pan on a medium heat) | Spoon the softened coconut oil and sugar into the bowl of the stand mixer and beat for 2 minutes (or use a mixing bowl and beat with hand-held beaters until you have a custard consistency) | Add the ground almonds, cornflour, almond milk, vanilla extract, almond extract and salt and beat for another minute

  5. 5.

    Spread the thickened compote evenly over the base of the cooled tart | Pour the frangipane mixture over the top of the compote and smooth it out with a spatula or the back of a spoon | Put the tart back in the oven and bake for 40–45 minutes, until the top of the tart is turning golden

  6. 6.

    Remove the tart from the oven and leave it to stand on a cooling rack for 30 minutes to firm up | Carefully remove the tart from the tin | Serve at room temperature in slices, finished with a dusting of icing sugar and a sprinkling of flaked almonds | Top with custard or dairy-free ice cream and a couple of sticks of Poached Rhubarb, if you like