Wednesday 19 June 2019

Indy Power: The perfect summer apple tart — with a punchy pecan crunch

 

Apple and pecan tart
Apple and pecan tart
Apple and pecan tart
Step 1: bake crust
Step 2: Add stewed apples
Apple and pecan tart step 3

The perfect summer apple tart — with a punchy pecan crunch.

Apple Pecan Tart

This is such a lovely, crowd-pleasing dessert for entertaining.

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Serves 8.

Gluten-free & vegan

Ingredients

For the crust: 80g pecans

150g ground almonds

60ml melted coconut oil

45ml maple syrup

For the filling: 3 apples

30g coconut sugar

Juice of ½ lemon

1 tsp cinnamon

For the crumble: 30g pecans, roughly chopped

70g gluten-free oats

20g coconut sugar

45ml coconut oil

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (gas mark 4).

2. For the crust, add the pecans to a food processor and blend until fine. Then add them to a large bowl with the ground almonds and mix well. Pour in the melted coconut oil and maple syrup, and mix well.

3. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a greased tart tin and up the sides. Bake for about 7 minutes - you just want to give it a little head start.

4. Peel and thinly slice the apples. Add them to a saucepan on medium heat with the coconut sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon. Cook for about 5-10 minutes until just starting to soften. Pile the apples evenly onto the crust.

5. Add the pecans to a bowl with the oats and coconut sugar. Next add the melted coconut oil and mix well.

6. Crumble the topping over the apples. Bake for about 25 minutes until golden.

Indy loves…

Ever wondered what the difference is between cooking apples and regular apples? Not much is the answer. I mostly use my favourite regular apples for all my baking. Technically speaking, cooking apples tend to be larger and more tart, which can be helpful if you want to have complete control over the level of sweetness in a recipe. Personally, for dessert recipes like this, I usually just use the apples I already have on the counter, ones that I enjoy eating on their own. However, for savoury recipes, cooking apples are great as it’s good to be able to balance the amount of sweetness depending on the dish.

 

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