Halloween Spider Web Pumpkin Tart ~ Gluten-free

Halloween Spider Web Pumpkin Tart, gf

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Nearly forgot about it, silly me! Although I saw all the Halloween stuffs like costumes, sweets, decorations, and buckets as well. But…

What will be your fancy costume this year? A vampire or a mummy? A skeleton or a spiderman? But I like to be a pumpkin, why? Because I look like a pumpkin already! hahaha :p

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Roasted Squash Stuffed with Multi-grains ~ Gluten-free

Roasted Squash Stuffed with Multi-Grains ~ Gluten-free

Now is nearly the end of the autumn and the beginning of the winter. Although the time still hasn’t changed back to winter time yet, I can feel the chill wind hit me all the time.

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Vegan Apple Custard Tart ~ Gluten-free

Vegan Apple Custard Tart~Gluten-free

Now is the apple harvest high season, what will you do with the apples?

We pick up a lot of different species from a huge apple orchard. Some of them I will storage in my garage by wrapping them individually with newspaper, it can keep for a longer life.

 

Part of the apples, I like to make it into applesauce for cake making later. And the others I would make tarts,  crumbles or cakes. And today, I would like to make it a little different, I mess up with custard and apple puree in a tart with different layers.

In the meantime, I decided to make it healthier with low in fat, less sugar and without gluten. What do you think?

First, I need to prepare the crust, it is gluten-free without any flour, just oat flour, dates and walnut for the main ingredients.

Pre-bake the crust first to make sure is not a soggy bottom. Then cook the apples like applesauce. Or I have the other idea if you don’t want to do lots of work. You can just slice up the apple and arrange all the slices on the baked crust like a pinwheel pattern, then cover with the custard, and bake. Isn’t that easy and save you lots of precious time!

But I have to advise you to make a smaller size if you haven’t a lot to feed. The reason is when the tart gets cold, the crust will get moist back.

Vegan Apple Custard Tart~Gluten-free

Ingredient:   24cm tart tin

Crust:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates⠀
  • 1/2 cup walnuts⠀
  • 1-2 Tbsp water or coconut oil

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C/160C in a fan oven.
  2. In a small food processor, process the oats, pitted dates, walnuts, water, and coconut oil until a dough forms and the mixture holds together when you pinch it with your fingertips.
  3. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes before baking.
  4. Line a parchment paper over the crust. Fill with dry beans, rice or pie weights.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the weights and the parchment paper. Return to oven for another 10 to 15 minutes. Allow cooling before filling.

Apple filling:    

  • 2 Apples, diced
  • 1/4 cup Maple syrup or Raw brown sugar
  • 1  tsp Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp of Vegan butter, optional
  • 1/4 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Ground nutmeg, optional
Method: 
  1. Put the diced apples, sugar, butter and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook until the apples soft and turn a slightly brown. Off heat.
  2. Pour the apple mixture in a food processor, add the remaining ingredients and blend to a smooth purée. Pass through a fine sieve. The purée should be thick and sticky like a jam, if it’s too thin, transfer to a pan and cook on a low heat until thickened. Set aside.

Vegan custard:

Ingredients:   

  • 3 cups non-dairy milk (divided into 2 cups and 1 cup.)
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 5 tbsp cornstarch or tapioca starch
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean
  • 2 tbsp Vegan butter

Method: 

  1. Place 400ml nut milk in a saucepan, add sugar, lemon zest, vanilla, Turn on medium-low heat.
  2. Put the remaining 200ml milk in a bowl, add cornstarch, stir to combine. When the nut milk is boiling, turn down the heat. Add the cornstarch batter into the cooking custard slowly, keep stirring and let it cook until thickened. Remove from heat and pour over a fine sieve, and press through to a smooth custard. Then add the vegan butter in and mix until melted.

Assembly:

  1. Preheat the oven to 110°C/gas mark 1/4.
  2. Put the apple puree over the tart case. Then pour the custard over. Bake the tart for about 1 hour. Allow cooling to room temperature before slicing.

Roasted Aubergine/Eggplant ‘Steak’ with Miso & Tahini Sauce 味噌麻醬烤茄子扒

Roasted Aubergine/Eggplant ‘Steak’with Miso & Tahini Sauce 味噌麻醬烤茄子扒

Would you think it is steak? It tastes like real steak, I know I shouldn’t say so, but it tastes so good with the texture was so real.

This is the easiest way to get a super delicious dish in a quick way. Few ingredients with few steps. Would you think this will be your quick dinner after work?

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Vegan Spicy Courgette/ Zucchini Burgers with Harissa Mayo (gluten-free friendly)

Vegan Spicy Courgette/ Zucchini Burgers with Harissa Mayo (gluten-free friendly)

Protein is one of the most essential nutrients for our diet. Homemade veggie or vegan burgers are an excellent source of protein. According to an article that I read before, we can easily get enough protein for a plant-based diet. Like beans, lentil, legumes, tofu or soy products, quinoa or other whole grains, nut, seeds, or nut butter, seitan, tempeh, or protein powder.

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Vegan Bakewell Tart ~ Gluten-Free

Vegan Bakewell Tart ~ gf

It was a very calming weather in the past few days with the temperature of 23°C to 25°C after two days of rain. Everything looks fresh and cool. It is the English weather that we missed. Not the firing hot 32°C, I know I shouldn’t say it. But, it is a bit too much for me. And now, I felt my energy was back.

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Green Smoothie & Pickled Cucumber for Chilling Up

Green Smoothie & Pickled Cucumber for Chilling Up

YES, please! Can I have one more, please? What’s that?

For sure, 100%, that is my green smoothie, it is cool, delicious, full of nourishment, and refreshing for 32°C temperature wrap around.

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Vegan Iced Matcha Latte

Vegan Iced Matcha Latte (アイス抹茶ラテ)

What a relaxing day sitting in the garden under the shade, watch all the blooming flowers and vegetables wrap around you. While I’m reading the blog I followed, with a cup of ice cold drink on my hand, what else I can say! How enjoyable!

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Multi-Grains Loaf with Wild Yeast

Multi-Grains Loaf with Wild Yeast

If you ask me how’s my feeling? Honestly, I am so nervous and excited! If you have been with my last post, you can catch what I mean. Yes, today is my big day to see the moment of truth. Today is the day I’ll test my activated and bubbly wild yeast to my bread.

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Homemade Wild-Yeast

Homemade Wild-Yeast

Most of the People talking about ‘World Cup Football’ in this two weeks. Even the  Wimbledon Tennis tournament was inferior when the football was on.

Because of this heatwave,, I like to do something different from those hot subject, that’s is homemade wild yeast.  Maybe it wasn’t an easy task, But I like to have a new batch again.

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