450 g/1 lb bramble Apples
Peeled and chopped
50 g/1 ¾ oz/1/4 cup castor (superfine) sugar
1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
200 g/7 oz/1 1/3 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
100 g/3 ½ oz/1/2 cup vegan butter, cubed and chilled
FOR THE PASTRY:
150 g/5 oz/2/3 cup vegan butter
100 g/3 ½ oz/2/3 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
50 g/1 ¾ oz/1/4 cup ground almonds (optional)
75 g/2 ½ oz/1/2 cup light brown sugar
1.Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan) 400F/Gas 6. Make the pastry first. Sieve the flour into mixing bowl. Rub in the butter using your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
2 Stir in just enough cold water to bring the pastry together into a pliable dough, then chill for 30 minutes. In a separate bowl, mix together the chopped apples, sugar, cornflour and cinnamon.
3.Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface into a large circle. Transfer the pastry to a fluted baking tray, pressing it into the sides, then prick the base with a fork. Spoon the apples over the pastry.
4.Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl, then rub in the butter. Stir in the almonds if using and brown sugar. Take a handfuls of the topping and squeeze it into a clump, then crumble it over the apples. Fold up the pastry edges and pinch to secure. Bake the tart for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.