Bakewell tarts–vegan and sugar free

Another Daring Baker Adventure…

bakewell w rasps

The June Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar. They chose a Traditional (UK) Bakewell Tart… er… pudding that was inspired by a rich baking history dating back to the 1800’s in England.

I love Daring Bakers, because I get to do something out of the ordinary and stretch the limits of what I can dbdo in the kitchen. Quite frankly, I’d never heard of frangipagne, or even a Bakewell tart, for that matter! But I was pleasantly surprised, delighted, even! to see how marvelously things turned out.

Given my gluten free, vegan, soy free, sugar free, and usually grain free limitations, this little tart posed a wee bit of a challenge!  It’s a shortcrust pastry, with jam, with a frangipane topping (for the uninitiated, this means a yummy almond paste).  bakewellSubstituting an almond flour crust was super easy.  Making a faux raspberry jam with fresh raspberries, agave and chia seed wasn’t so hard.  But the spongy frangipane, with the sugar and eggs did puzzle me for a while.  Most of my alt DB brethren were using tofu, which I can’t have.  I opted for baking on a almond butter/white bean paste, and was totally delighted with how yummy it all was.  The texture of the topping was a bit reminiscent of cheesecake texture and mouth feel, and was delicious out of the oven and also refrigerated, too. I do strongly suspect that it wasn’t anywhere near an authentic frangipane, but it was yummy. Possibly less water and a little more baking powder would make it more spongy, but it was delicious as is.  The only down side was that it did stick to the tart pan.  I’d make them in mini springform pans next time and line them to make clean up easier.

Part of the challenge was also making jam.  I did try this, but not for my tart, because the recipe I was using had sugar.  I used raspsNigella Lawson’s recipe, which was quick and easy, and made good use of our fresh raspberries.

What a rich and yummy treat!  I ate mine, and half of my DH’s too (well, you snooze, you lose!!)

a simple mix of almond flour, agave, mesquite and oil. I didn’t measure!

1 1/4 cups of fresh raspberries
1 rounded tablespoon ground chia
3 Tablespoons agave

“Frangipane” (or just yummy) topping: for 3 mini tarts
1/2 cup white beans, washed and well drained
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup smooth almond butter
3 Tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

For the filling:
whip ingredients well in a Vitamix until smooth, scraping down as needed

For the topping:
In a food processor, process beans. Add in other ingredients and mix thoroughly, scraping down as needed.

Assemble tart, baking at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until browning on top.

Check out what the rest of the Daring Bakers did with their challenges! There are some gorgeous tarts out there.

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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11 Responses to Bakewell tarts–vegan and sugar free

  1. Lauren says:

    I’m glad you figured out how to make the recipe fit you!! I love the white beans in your “frangipane” =D. Beautiful tarts, and awesome job with this challenge!!

  2. This looks so delicious!

  3. The tart looks amazing! You are so talented to figure out alternative ways to make things:) I’m glad you were able to eat them and that they tasted good.

  4. jasmine says:

    What a great solution for the fragipane. Glad you were able to make it work and participate.


  5. Marika says:

    AWESOME job! Your tart looks incredibly good, and it’s vegan and sugar-free…and gluten free!! You ROCK! 🙂

  6. Ricki says:

    Another fabulous creation! It sounds delectable to me. 🙂

  7. Lauren,
    thanks so much! I was glad it worked.

    it was delish!

    You’re so sweet, I appreciate it

    I’m just glad that DB lets us make substitutions and be creative as needed

    thanks a bunch! *blushing*

    It was yummy…and fun to play, too.

  8. Shellyfish says:

    I’m so behind on my commenting…shame…
    sugar free, too? Rock on! It looks just beautiful!

  9. Donna Cochrane says:

    I am looking for a ‘pie crust’ GF of course.. Yes, I now they don’t exist as I know, or I mean knew it. Your almond crust looks just great. Now, I know you didn’t measure, but I have *never* made any kind of a GF crust. Can you take a guess at how much of the ingredients?? I can tweak it, but honestly have no idea where to start. I am just beginning to learn to cook gluten free.
    Thanks for any suggestions

  10. Tim Barker says:

    These tarts look really great, but to be honest half the ingredients I can’t get. For example ground chia or franzipane. I have been cooking for years and haven’t ever heard of ground chia. I don’t want to cause trouble, but too many vegan recipes look great and when it comes to making it I am disappointed. Can we have some post-modernist backlash or something to create recipes with ingredients that we might have in the cupboard?

  11. Susan says:

    could i ask why you used white beans? Was that as a replacement for almond meal?
    thanks 🙂

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