Bakewell Tart

What better to do on a lazy Sunday than bake a yummy treat and then pig out? I decided, in fact, nothing was, so that’s exactly what I did! As you all know I’m addicted to the Great British Bake Off, and they’re doing a Comic Relief version at the moment, and one of the celebrity technical challenges was a bakewell tart, and it made me really crave one! I absolutely detest marzipan, so I’ve been put off making one in the past, as I thought it would taste like a huge lump of marzipan, but it was lovely… The sponge is really light and moist on top and it really goes well with the crumbly pastry and jammy center :) Only difference is that this comes from a vegan cookbook I got a while ago, so it’s completely vegan friendly! Be sure to be very generous with the jammy layer, it tastes so nice, but I was worried about it bubbling up like it did for one of the contestants so I didn’t do enough… Well, I’ll know for next time!

I’ve been trying to do as much as possible with my weekends this term at uni, I used to have Wednesdays off, and now I have to be on campus for 10am at the latest pretty much every day, so baking today was such a welcome break! I got so used to enjoying my lie-ins, and now they’ve been taken away from me I feel like I have to do more to prove to myself that there’s a reason I can’t be asleep! Anyone else share this dilemma?

Bakewell Tart

Bakewell Tart


For the Pastry

250g of plain flour

125g of vegan margarine

For the Sponge

170g of self-raising flour

170g of ground almonds

170g of caster sugar

Half a teaspoon of baking powder

One teaspoon of almond extract

150ml of vegetable oil

200ml of water

Also, strawberry or cherry jam, icing sugar and flaked almonds to decorate


  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Rub the margarine into the flour until it looks like fine breadcrumbs, then add a little cold water until it comes together as a dough. Roll out to about a 3mm thickness, then line a tart tin with it. Prick with a fork to stop air bubbles from forming, then bake for 10 minutes. 
  2. Spread a generous layer of jam over the pastry.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients for the sponge together, then add the wet ingredients to it; it should be quite runny. Pour it into the pastry case, sprinkle over the flaked almonds and bake for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 180 degrees Celsius and bake for a further 25 minutes.
  4. Leave to cool, then shake some icing sugar over the top!

Serves 10-12


39 thoughts on “Bakewell Tart

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  2. Hi Emily, would love to try this but a but short on time with regards to making the pastry. I have a Just Roll ready rolled short crust pastry in the fridge. Do you think the recipe would work in a 13 x 9 cake tin as a bake?

    Thanks in advance


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  5. Hey! I just made your Bakewell tart but added icing on top for a little extra treat :) and only one slice remain! It’s amazing will be making this more then I should :p thank you! X

  6. Wow! I come from near Bakewell and never thought I’d eat Bakewell Tart again since I turned vegan. This one is amazing. Thank you so much, Emily!

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  8. Reblogged this on Ramblings of a wild strawberry and commented:
    Abut to blog about an amazing Vegan bakewell tart I had at the Ginger Cafe in Halifax. Rob and Jemma will appreciate how excited I am to come across this recipe. Do I have time in the next couple of weeks to try it?!

  9. I never comment on recipe blogs but this bakewell tart is fabulous- as a student vegan, baking is hard to fit into a timetable and make delicious and affordable, but this is so simple and scrummy and I’ve made it three nights in a row now, as it doesn’t last throughout the evening!
    thank so much!

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  11. Huh! I’ve never heard of a Bakewell tart, but this looks dead simple. And a good way to use up all the ground almonds I have. Needed a tablespoon, but it’s sold by the pound…

  12. One of the best things about being older and retired is that I can stay up as long as I like and lie in whenever I like. But I would have loved these options as a younger person. I think everyone’s lives would benefit from siestas and lie ins and I think thereis a good case for running at least two sessions of school; one from 7am till 1pm and another from 1pm to about 6pm. I think productivity and learning would accelerate because we would all be more rested.

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