You may have read my previous post about the books I have been writing with my business partner Claire as part of our Brighton based studio and craft company Super+Super HQ! Well now you have a chance to win one of the very first signed copies of the books before they hit the shops! take a peek below...
There are lots of juicy figs around at the moment so why not grab a couple and make this simple delicious vegan frangipan style tart. Its not too sweet but fruity and creamy! This one didn't last very long... eaten whilst still warm is best.
For the pastry:
100g Pure sunflower spread (or other similar dairy free spread)
250g plain white flour
2 tbsp cold water
50g golden caster suger
125g ground almonds
a few drops vanilla extract
2/3 ripe figs
pre heat your oven at 175oC
Rub the spread into the flour until crumb like, add water and mix well. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Next roll the pastry out thinly and line a tray with parchment, cut your pastry to fit and place it int the tray. Blind bake for 5-10 minutes
Cut your figs into rough slices and set aside... try not to eat them!mmm
To make the almond filling mix ground almond with butter and then stir in sugar and vanilla. Once the tart case is bling bakes use the back of your spoon to spread it roughly onto your lovely slightly golden pastry. Layer the fig slices on top and pop into your oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden on top with juicy figs!
If you have visited Brighton on the weekend you may have stumbled across on of its many antique and bric a brac stalls or vintage treasure trove that is tucked away down a side street... On a Saturday during the fine weather there is an amazing market on Upper Gardener St which houses all kinds of amazing stalls from 70's retro furniture to bootfair style jewellery stands and local fresh veg and produce. The atmosphere is relaxed and before 12pm you can comfortable stroll at a leisurely pace along the street staring at books, vinyl and vintage furniture. After then its packed! My favourite is the antique haberdashery stall! The owner runs a shop housing all his amazing textiles, buttons and trims in Hastings which is just along the coast a little and rumour has it also has a huge warehouse in France from where he sources his amazing hoard. His stock changes weekly but you are guaranteed to fall in love with a card of 1930's ceramic buttons or a spool of shiny military thread. I dare you not to!