Apricot Frangipane

by Edward Daniel
Caption of Apricot Frangipane. Image by Edward Daniel (c).

Apricot Frangipane is another of my favourites and came about years ago after many attempts. This is gluten-free and I love how the apricot and almonds just complement one another. Incidentally, one my medical doctor friends mentioned that apricot seeds assist those with cancer health conditions. Though, perhaps do your own research.

Prune puree, I purchase from Urban Native Organics and Wholefoods in Stroud Green, London.  It’s a small store, which I support.  You can find them here 

It’s the Clearspring brand that I use of the Prune puree.  Normally, once open, I place in the freezer for use subsequently.  This keeps it fresh and available to use at any time.

Amaranth seeds, I get from a non-profit small charitable store in Stoke Newington, London –  I like to support small outlets, where I can.  You can find the shop here

Blanched almonds, I purchase from a nifty Asian outlet in Hayes.  It has an online presence too which can be found here – I love it because it is reasonably priced and tends to be good quality stuff which I use.

Caption of Apricot Frangipane. Image by Edward Daniel (c).
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Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • 400g apricots
  • Pastry
  • Dry ingredients
  • 50g amaranth seeds
  • 25g oats
  • 13g flaxseeds
  • 13g raw unrefined cane sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 75g tapioca flour
  • Wet ingredients
  • 15g prune puree
  • 4tbs filtered water
  • 20g coconut oil
  • Almond Topping
  • 200g almonds, blanched
  • 200ml water for topping
  • 50g millet
  • 100g raw unrefined cane sugar
  • Few drops of almond essence
  • Garnishing
  • 10g unblanched almonds
  • Olive oil for lining

Instructions

  1. Boil the kettle and place the almonds in a large bowl with hot filtered water. Cover with a cloth and leave overnight.
  2. The following day, remove the skin of the almonds. The almonds will have expanded in size.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 150 degrees Celsius or if you have a fan oven 160 degrees Celsius.
  4. Make the pastry by placing the dry ingredients (not tapioca flour) into a high-speed blender and blending till fine. Transfer to a large mixing bowl add in the tapioca flour.
  5. Toss in the prune puree and mix with hands. Next add the water. Continue using the hands. Then add the oil and knead into a bowl. Cover and leave the dough to rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  6. Line a tart dish with oil to ensure that the dough doesn’t stick.
  7. Place a dough between two baking sheets and roll into a circle – the circle should be large enough to cover the base of the tart dish. Cut away any excess. Prick the base with a fork all over. Bake the base in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven. Set to one side.
  8. Make the almond topping by placing the almonds, water, millet, sugar and almond essence in a blender. Whizz well.
  9. Use a spatula to scrap over the almond mixture on top of the pastry.
  10. Boil the kettle. Place the boiling water in a large mixing bowl. Blanche the apricots in the water for a few minutes. Remove the skin and stone and discard. Cut into slices and place over the almond topping. Add the unblanched almonds
  11. Bake in the oven for around 35 minutes. Then increase the temperature of the oven to gas mark 180 degrees Celsius or if you have a fan oven 160 degrees Celsius. Bake until the almonds on top go a golden colour – this will take about a further 15 minutes.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow the tart to rest before attempting to serve.
  13. Serve with vegan cream or ice-cream.

 

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