Cute, bite-sized classic British desserts that are not only delicious but are also gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free and made using unrefined sugars.
For the shortcrust pastry:
1 cup plain gluten-free flour
1/3 cup dairy-free soy spread
2 tsp agave nectar or maple syrup
1/3 cup/2.5oz cold water
For the filling:
2 tbsp dairy-free soy spread
3 tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup
1/4 cup plain gluten-free flour
1/2 cup ground almonds
3 Nākd Bakewell Tart Bars (if these are not available near you, substitute your favorite fruit and nut bar
Flaked almonds, for decorating
Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus 15 minutes chilling
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Heat the oven to 340f and lightly grease a mini muffin tin.
Make the pastry by sifting the flour into the bowl of a food processor and adding the soy spread. Blend until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Alternatively, mix together in a bowl using your fingertips. Transfer the mixture to a separate bowl and stir in the agave nectar/maple syrup and a small amount of water at a time until a smooth dough comes together. Wrap it in cling film and leave in the fridge for 15 minutes, whilst you prepare the filling.
Make an almond Frangipane by creaming the dairy-free spread and agave nectar/maple syrup together, then adding the gluten-free flour and ground almonds, mixing until well combined.
Once the dough has chilled, roll it out between two sheets of cling film to about 1/4cm thickness. Use a cookie cutter or upside down glass to cut out pastry shells to fit into the mini muffin tin.
Start filling the shells with bits of the Nākd Bakewell Tart bars, by rolling them into small discs to fill the bottom of the shell, coming up a third of the way.
Spoon the Frangipane mixture on top and flatten with your finger to create a smooth top. Decorate with the flaked almonds and brush the tops with a little dairy-free milk.
Bake for 15 minutes, turning half way to ensure an even bake. Leave to cool and enjoy!
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