Vegan peach tart

Vegan peach tart

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Peaches, beautiful peaches everywhere. How could I resist? The truth is I couldn’t, so I finally had to put the oven on again. It was worth it though – the house was instantly filled with the most beautiful smell of baked fruit and crumbly pastry.

Duncan was hovering over me as I was photographing in a bid to get ‘his slice’ as soon as possible. And he didn’t stop at one! Neither did I. And whatever was left was hoovered up by the guys at our evening yoga class, which is great as having things like that lying around in the house is a dangerous business 🙂 .

This fruit tart is a perfect summer dessert. Delicate and ‘buttery’ pastry enclosing a simple filling of succulent peaches and a sprinkle of sugary crumble to absorb all the beautiful juices that the fruit releases during baking. On paper, this size of tart should feed about 8 people, but I don’t reckon you’ll not have very much left if you placed it in front of just four 🙂 . I’m not complimenting myself here, it’s the baked peaches that make it truly irresistible.

This tart is as easy as it gets. The only mildly tricky thing to do here is a shortbread crust, but it’s actually not that difficult at all. The key thing is not to overwork the pastry as you don’t want to develop too much gluten in your flour. If this happens your pastry will end up tough and not melt in your mouth delicious, like it should.

If lining a tart case with delicate pastry intimidates you, you can always turn it into a nonchalant galette and then the more rustic it looks the better – just make sure you place it on a baking paper-lined tray as the juices will be flowing – a lot!

The only other piece of advice I can give you is get yourself a tart case with a loose bottom (not a euphemism) as to get this puppy out of my rubbish tart case took two people and a bit of improvised engineering (read: two knifes, a spatula and a cake serving spoon) and we still didn’t manage to get it out completely intact. An experience that motivated me to stop being tight and finally get a proper tart case. With all this amazing stone fruit at our fingertips, we intend to eat a lot of similar specimens this summer.

vegan peach tart making of

vegan peach tart whole

vegan peach tart slice

vegan peach tart side

makes
26 cm / 10"
PREP
30 min
COOKING
35 min
makes
26 cm / 10"
PREPARATION
30 min
COOKING
35 min
INGREDIENTS
REGULAR CRUST

  • 90 g / 6 tbsp refined / mild* coconut oil (solid not melted)
  • 240 g / 2 cups white pastry flour
  • 2½ tbsp icing sugar (or finely ground sugar)
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt

GLUTEN-FREE CRUST

FILLING

  • 3-4 ripe but firm peaches
  • 50 g / ¼ cup sugar (I used brown)
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp fine semolina or all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp lemon or lime zest
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 15 g / 1 tbsp refined / mild coconut oil (solid not melted)
  • 2 tbsp chopped pistachios, for decoration (optional)

METHOD
CRUST

  1. Combine flour, icing sugar, (plus cornstarch and xanthan gum if making GF pastry) in a large bowl.
  2. Add softened (but not melted) coconut oil and rub it into the dry ingredients with your fingers until your flour looks like breadcrumbs and there are no lumps of coconut oil left.
  3. Add cold water – be careful, do it gradually – how much water you’ll need depends on how absorbent your flour is. I added just under 4 tbsp. Combine all the ingredients into a dough gently, but do not knead (if you’re making the GF version, you don’t need to worry about this) or the pastry will be tough. Wrap it in a piece of cling film and chill it in the fridge for 45 minutes.
  4. Remove the dough from the fridge. Flatten the dough with your palm and place it between two sheets of baking paper. Roll the pastry out very gently until you get a rough circle, about 2 mm in thickness. Place the rolled-out dough over your tart case and gently line the inside of it with the pastry. Tuck the pastry in well, ensuring that it snugly fits into all of the nooks and crannies. Trim the excess pastry with a sharp knife.

FILLING

  1. Preheat your oven to 200° C fan forced / 390° F fan forced (or 220° C / 425° F without the fan).
  2. In a small bowl, mix sugar, flour, semolina, lime zest, vanilla bean and cinnamon.
  3. Rub softened coconut oil into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks a bit like a crumble top. Put into the fridge.
  4. Cut each peach into eight (if large) or six (is small) equal pieces and layer them all along the edge of the pastry in a fan formation – let them overlap a fair bit and don’t worry if they appear to be quite high, they will sink a little after baking. Fill the centre of the tart with some more peaches in whatever way they will fit snugly.
  5. Remove the topping from the fridge and scatter it all over the pie, especially in all the gaps that have opened up in between the peaches.
  6. Bake the pie for about 30-35 minutes, until the edges of the pastry are golden brown, the fruit has softened and the juices are bubbling.
  7. Cool before removing from the tart case and cutting. Consume within 1 day. I served mine with a dollop of vanilla flavoured whipped cream from this earlier recipe.

NOTES
*I recommend using a mild (refined) type of coconut oil as it has a neutral flavour (it does not taste or smell like coconut) but if that doesn’t bother you, feel free to use extra virgin coconut oil instead.

The exact dimensions of my tart tin are top: 25 cm / 10 inches , bottom 22 cm / 8.5 inches and side 3.5 cm / 1.4 inches.

he pastry is based on an old recipe of mine and the topping is inspired by this recipe.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
260
13%
sugars
9 g
10%
fats
10 g
14%
saturates
8 g
39%
proteins
4 g
9%
carbs
40 g
15%
*per serving
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REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
JOSIE:
This was so easy to make , with simple ingredients & it was so delicious! I made one yesterday afternoon & it met with so much success that I made another one for the evening!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you, Josie! I'm so pleased to hear that it went down so well and that you found it easy to make too! x Ania
Fiona:
Do you need to cook the pie crust any before putting in the filling to cook? Thanks!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Fiona,
    It is not necessary in this particular case. Ania
Andressa:
Hey Ania,
I love your recipes, thanks for sharing!
I would like to make a suggestion/request if possible. Could you please post pictures of what the raw doe is supposed to look like? I've never made this kind of doe (not successfully anyway hahaha) and I have no idea what's the right consistency. I just put mine in the fridge and I'm pretty sure it's wrong. =D
Thanks!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks, Andressa! That's a good suggestion and something I am mindful of when shooting a new recipe but unfortunately that's not always possible due to the fact that I make the food as well as shoot photographs and you need hands for both :) and sometimes food will spoil if I mess around with it too much. I do have a tripod now, which I didn't back then so I will try to include more process shots in the future recipes! Ania
      Andressa:
      I understand, cooking and photographing at the same time can be tricky, but if you ever can, it would be greatly appreciated.
      On another subject, I made that chocolate mousse with aquafaba (from the raspberry tart) and it was soooo good. I used cashew cream instead of the coconut cream though, mostly because in my country the coconut cream tastes horrible and I didn't have time to make it from scratch. I had tried another recipe before that only used chocolate and aquafaba and it was good, but with the cream is way better. More stable too. Vegans and non-vegans loved it! =)
        Ania
        Ania:
        That's great to hear, Andressa! Thank you :) Ania
Diego Lopes:
This peach tart looks so delicious! Peach is one of my favorite fruits so I already know I'm going to love this. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you and my pleasure :) Hope it will hit the spot! Ania
arathi:
Hi Ania,
Just love your take on vegan recipes. i made the tart following your recipe and it turned out great.i had to use 5 tbsp of water for the base. As i had a lot of mangoes, i filled up the tart base with a lime custard ( made with milk, store bought custard powder and lime juice) and arranged mango slices on the top which i chilled for a hour in the refrigerator. came out great, thanks .....
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks Arathi, so pleased to hear that the recipe hit the spot! Lime and mango sounds like a great combo - I'm soooo jealous of your mangoes :) Ania
Sophia:
Hey Ania,
the tart look amazing! I'd like to make it for friend who is allergic to gluten.
Do you have any suggestions on how to make the topping gluten-free too?
Thanks. Sophia
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Sophia,
    Thank you! I'm glad you like the look of it and hope you and your friend will both enjoy it. I'm sorry I completely forgot about the topping, but here are some ideas: 1 heaped tbsp buckwheat flour and 1 tbsp gluten-free certified rolled oats for a bit of a crunch. Hope that helps, Ania
Caitlin:
Hi Ania
I love your blog! Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into it.
I was just wondering re the pastry - what could you use instead of coconut oil? I avoid coconut oil and any non-dairy "butters" so would EVOO work? Many thanks. Caitlin
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Caitlin,
    Thank you for kind words :) Yes, you can use EVOO, but the pastry will be a bit less delicate - still good though. Just opt for a mild variety (unless you are not bothered about the flavour coming through)! Hope that helps! Ania
      Caitlin:
      Thank you - I will give it a shot! Best of luck with the awards - nomination done! X
        Ania
        Ania:
        Thank you :) Ania
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