Irish Bramley Apple Tart sweetened with Xylitol

What is better than some hot apple tart and custard? As the smell of the apples cooking wafted into my sitting room on this wintery Wednesday morning I counted the minutes to its readiness.

Since my childhood, with it being the main staple dessert besides jelly and custard, I have very fond memories of tucking into apple tart.  Custard or ice cream always added – pure luxury at the time! Looking back I’m sure glad things have moved on and the variety and quality has immensely improved.

Even in my teens when I decided to give up all sweet things, doing so for ten years, apple tart was my only treat.

Eggless and Butterless Apple Tart sweetened with Xylitol

Serves 4

A simple and quick tart, delicious served hot dairy-free custard.

Dairy-free, sugar-free and contains white spelt flour 

Pre-heat oven: Fan 200 degrees
Baking time: about 20-25 minutes
Pre-oil an 8-inch ovenproof plate with dairy-free spread.

Pastry Ingredients:
200g white spelt flour
40g ground almonds
2 tablespoons Xylitol (vanilla flavoured)
1 teaspoon gluten-free and wheat-free baking powder
65g dairy-free spread
55ml freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
Apple ingredients:
2-3 medium cooking apples (I used Keelings 100% Irish bramleys)
2 tablespoons Xylitol
1/4 teaspoon cardamom (optional)
Extras: dairy-free milk (I used Kara coconut milk)

To make the pastry:

  • Place the flour, almonds, Xylitol, baking powder and dairy-free spread into the food processor.
  • Whizz for 20 seconds.
  • Add the  orange juice and vanilla extract to get a pliable dough.  (Note that it more moist than wheat pastry but I think it needs to be more moist to get a nice consistency.
  • Flour your work surface and remove the pastry from the processor bowl.
  • Cut the pastry in two and roll out one of the them thinly to fit the prepared ovenproof plate.
Apple mix:
  • Peel and core the apples and cut into thin slices, placing them on the pastry.
  • Sprinkle over with the xylitol and cardamom (if using).Using a pastry brush brush the edges of the pastry with coconut milk.


  • Roll out the second piece of pastry thinly to cover the plate.
  • Dip a fork into the dairy-free milk and press it along the edges of the plate to seal in the apples.
  • Trim off the extra pastry by running a knife along the edge.
  • Brush the top of the tart with dairy-free milk and place in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
Serve with dairy-free custard or dairy-free ice cream.
Do you like apple tart? Let me know if you try this recipe.
Just made this delicious vegetable curry, must let you in on it, really enjoyed it for lunch.

Till next time!  Marian



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Home cook, Irish food blogger and live a plant-based lifestyle. I also co-own of with my hubs where you'll find online courses, vegan chocolates and lots more to help a transition to a plant-based diet or live with someone who is a carnivore.


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