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?
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
- 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.
- Spread a generous layer of jam over the pastry.
- 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.
- Leave to cool, then shake some icing sugar over the top!