Summer, Sweet

Strawberry and Almond Crostata

I Love these free form tarts, saves on so much faffing about and blind baking. You can also fill them with almost any seasonal fruits.

If you are gluten free then sub in for the flour of your choice, also feel free to omit the ground almonds and use all flour.

SERVES:
6

Ingredients

Pastry

125g plain flour

100g ground almonds

100g plant based butter

2 tbs caster sugar

¼ - 1/2tsp almond extract

Pinch of salt

Splash or two of plant milk if required

Filling

Approx. 800g strawberry halved or quartered

2 tbs golden caster sugar or coconut sugar

2 tbs ground almonds (optional)

To finish

1 tbs plant milk I used oat

1/3 cup flaked almonds

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl and the flour, ground almonds, sugar and a pinch of salt, stir to combine. Add the butter in small chunks or dollops.
  2. Using your hands rub the butter into the flour with your hands facing up and rubbing your thumb to the little finger. Do this until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Add ¼-1/2 tsp of almond extract depending on taste and a splash of plant milk, using a knife gently mix. You should now be able to bring the dough together into a ball.
  4. No not over work or kneed on anyway, just bring together quickly form into a rough disc and wrap in cling film. Place in the fridge for at a least half an hour.
  5. Pre heat the oven to 180°c
  6. In a bowl add the chopped strawberries and sugar, stir to combine.
  7. When your ready to bake take the pastry out from the oven and unwrap. Place in on one large square of baking paper or parchment and place another one on top. Using a rolling pin roll out the pastry to for a rough round about 5mm thick.
  8. Remove the top layer of parchment and slide onto a baking tray or as I like to use a round pizza tray.
  9. In the middle of the pastry sprinkle the ground almonds and top with the strawberries. Now fold up the pastry around the strawberries, you can use the parchment the pastry is on to help with this. Carefully folding it up and then pulling back the paper.
  10. Once all the edges have been folded up brush the outside with the plant milk and sprinkle and push on the flaked almonds. They should stick well.
  11. Place int the pre heated oven for about 30-40minutes, or until the pastry is lightly golden, the almonds are toasted, and the strawberries bubbling and released their sticky syrup.
  12. Serve with oat cream or dairy free ice-cream.

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