• Lara Flanagan

Raspberry Tart

My tart obsession continues. This time raspberry cream. I cannot get enough of this pastry and I have to try a savoury pie of some description soon.

I am going through a raspberry phase at the moment so this Raspberry Cream Tart was perfect!

Raspberry Cream Tart

Olive Oil Pastry

The key to this pastry is to keep everything cold. When cold, the pastry is easy to work with. You can even make it the day before if you are organised enough and let it chill in the fridge overnight.

About an hour before beginning the recipe, pour the olive oil into a container and place it in the freezer. Freeze until solidified.

I use a food processor when making the pastry. I find it is fast and easy, and it keeps everything cool.

2 ½ cup plain flour

2 tablespoon caster sugar

2/3 cup olive oil – partially frozen, see above

4 – 8 tablespoon iced water

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

In your food processor, place the flour and the chilled olive oil and then process until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Mix 4 tablespoons of the water with apple cider vinegar. Pour into the processor while it is processing and then add additional water until mixture forms a ball. Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes

After 30 minutes, pre-heat the fan-forced oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Roll out the pastry and use it to line a 10-inch loose-bottomed fluted tart tray. Once the shell is lined with the pastry, prick the bottom with a fork, cover with baking paper and pie weights and blind bake for 30 minutes. Remove paper and weights and cook for a further 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool but leave in the tart tray.

Raspberry Coulis

1 cup frozen raspberries

1 cup caster sugar

1 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.

Simmer for 10 minutes.

Blend together and then strain with a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds.

Raspberry Filling

2 cups raw cashews – soaked for at least 4 hours

1 punnet raspberries

1 cup almond milk

1 cup water

1 ½ teaspoon agar agar powder

7 tablespoons maple syrup

Blend drained cashews, raspberries, almond milk & maple syrup until ultra-smooth. Do not rush this part as it is better to blend for longer to ensure there is no granulation from the cashew nuts.

Combine water and the agar agar powder in a small saucepan, whisk and bring to boil. Immediately reduce heat and cook for two minutes on a low heat and continue whisking for the duration. (Make sure you cook this for two minutes as the cooking time is part of the thickening process.)

Add the agar-agar water to the raspberry cream and blend until well combined and ultra-smooth.

Add mixture to the tart base and then decorate with the raspberry coulis.

Put tart straight in to refrigerator.

Allow to set and serve with raspberry coulis.

NB. Agar agar powder is a vegan gelatin substitute made from seaweed. You can source it from your local health food store, (I get mine from Tenterfield Health), and in these crazy times, if you can’t get to a health food store, you can order it online.

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