Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Vegan Apple Tart

 DISCLAIMER: No animals were harmed in the making of this dessert! And it was delicious too!

I would bet you have noticed this by now, but just on the off chance you haven't, you should look at my new header.  Take a good long look at the cartoon me, admire it, talk about how cute it is, wish you had one of your own, and then avert your attention back here. Thank you. You liked it didn't you? I thought you would. I do too. A lot. The best part about it, is that all I had to do to get it was bake this vegan apple tart! How cool is that?!?! I had to do something I love to do, just to get something else that I love! And I even got to eat this one! Some of them I don't get to, so when I do, I basically sing. You want the story you say?

This one fine day, around a month ago, we met this lovely couple from Canada, who were traveling to New Zealand for a time, and they were hoping that we could give them some pointers on places to see here. We met, fell in friends' love with them, and we started talking about our passions. Really long story short, Jessika, or Jess as we call her, told me she is vegan, and also told me she is a cartoonist; I told her I loved to bake and pointed her to my website; she saw it, loved it, and told me she wanted to make me a cartoon. She said, in return for your cartoon, I want you to bake me a treat, but it must be vegan. I said, challenge accepted!

I am most certainly not vegan (oh boy how I would miss meat, and eggs, and milk, and cream cheese, and... ok Ill stop), but it is refreshing knowing that you can eat a vegan treat and feel pretty good about yourself! I set out to embark on this adventure, thinking it would most certainly be a challenge, but it really turned out to be quite simple. Come and take a look with me!

The lineup for the pastry: wholemeal (whole wheat) flour, plain (all purpose) flour, olive oil (I used EVOO), brown sugar, salt, lemon juice, water (not pictured) and chopped up walnuts. I thought, like you, that olive oil in a sweet treat may taste a bit off, but no way! It was perfect! Just combine the ingredients in a bowl or food processor if you are so lucky to own one, and add enough water just to combine to a dough.

Presto! The dough! Then listen to this trick I recently learned. I took the dough and placed it between two sheets of baking (parchment) paper, and rolled it out into the size of the pan. Did you know about that one already? Probably, but that's ok. I just learned it, and that's all that matters! I was mighty happy with it. No flour to clean up! Best trick I have learned in the last week!

This recipe is enough to make one large tart, or two mini tarts. I went with the mini. They are quite fun. Line the tart pan with the dough, press firmly into the sides, and make the top look pretty. Then it is time to work on the filling.

Lineup for the interior of the tart: 3 apples (I chose two red and one green), brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and apple juice, or you could use apple cider. Slice up the apples in whatever sizes you feel, and arrange them in the tarts. I wanted it to have a bit of a messy look, so I didn't arrange it any sort of way. Combine the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl, and sprinkle over the top of the apples.

It will look as so. Bake this at 200C/400F for 35 minutes. After the 35 minutes, you want to brush on the apple juice and bake for a further 15 minutes.

My finished vegan apple tart, with whole wheat and olive oil dough. Success!

Vegan Apple Tart | Printable Recipe
makes one large tart, or two small ones

for the dough:
-1 1/2 cups wholemeal/whole wheat flour
-1/2 cup plain/all purpose flour
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-3 Tbsp finely chopped walnuts
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/3 cup olive oil
-1 Tbsp lemon juice
-1/4-1/3 cup water, just enough to bind dough

for the filling:
-1 green (granny smith) apple, cored and peeled
-2 red (gala) apples, cored and peeled
-1/3 cup brown sugar
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1/8 tsp nutmeg
-5 Tbsp apple juice

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Combine the two flours, brown sugar, walnuts and salt in a bowl or a food processor. Add the olive oil and lemon juice and mix to combine. Once all the olive oil has been absorbed, add the water, small amounts at a time, until the mixture has become a firm dough.
Remove from bowl or food processor and place between two sheets of baking/parchment paper, and roll out to desired size for your tart. Remove from parchment papers and place in tart pan and press firmly to the sides and bottom.

Slice apples into medium sized chunks, or whatever size you like. Arrange in the doughed tart pan, unformed manner. In a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle this mixture over the apples. Bake for 35 minutes. Take out tart, and brush on the apple juice, spilling the rest of the liquid on the tart. Bake for a further 15 minutes, until golden. Serve warm. 

Slightly adapted from Cooking Lessons

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  1. I love your cute stories and your adorable Carla Cartoon. She's adorable just like you. And I'm always up for anything like an apple pie - apple tart vegan or not looks yummy! Thanks Jess for your interpretation of miss Carla.

  2. This looks delish! Baked apple anthing usually catches my attention! Bonus about this is that it is low fat and low GI! Awesome! Cant wait to try it out!


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