Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Cauliflower Cheese Tart

I felt inspired to make a tart. This recipe does take a little more time to make than my usual recipes but I think there is such pleasure in taking a little bit more time to cook something more involved when you have the time.
My delicious tart has a crispy base and gooey cheesy filling – sound good? I used Hazelnut meal to make the tart base extra nutty, savoury and crispy then I filled it with caramelised onions, gorgeous cauliflower ‘cheese’ and lovely purple sprouting broccoli. The result – a pretty fine tart!

The other amazing thing is all the component parts of the recipe can be used for making other delicious meals.

Cashew cheese – smeared on crackers, pizza toppings etc
Tart base -use the same mix but fill with your favourite veg to mix it up ie sweet potato, squash, roast veg etc
Cauliflower cheese filling – use this as a gorgeous pasta sauce, flatbread topper etc

I hope you like it.

Much love, Niki xx

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  6 servings
  20 minutes preparation time
   cook time


For the Tart base;

  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 4 tbsp filtered water
  • 1/2 cups hazelnut meal – hazelnuts ground in a mini chopper/blender or grinder
  • 1 cup gluten free oat flour (if you don’t have this you can make by blitzing oats to a fine crumb)
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp almond milk

For the cheese filling;

  • 1/2 small cauliflower broken into florets
  • 3 tbsp cashew cheese
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

To make the cashew cheese;

  • 1 cup cashews (soaked for at least 1 hour)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic (optional)
  • 2 tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs. dijon mustard


For the cashew cheese;

  1. Add all the ingredients to your food processor then blitz until smooth and creamy.
  2. To make the cauliflower cheese filling;
  3. Add the cauliflower florets to a pan of boiling water and boil the cauliflower for 15 minutes until tender. Drain and set aside.
  4. Transfer the cooked cauliflower, Cashew cheese, Tamari and lemon juice to a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.

To cook the vegetables;

  1. 1 onion chopped
    1 tbsp olive oil
  2. Cook the onions in a pan with the olive oil on a low to medium heat for 8-10 minutes until soft and caramelising. Set aside.

2 handfuls purple sprouting broccoli
1 tsp oil

Char for broccoli in a frying pan with a little oil for 4-5 minutes turning occasionally. Set aside.

To make the Tart base;

  1. Firstly make the Hazelnut meal by adding the nuts to a mini chopper, coffee grinder or blender and blitzing until you get a fine meal.
  2. Make the flax egg by mixing the ground flax and water in a bowl – set aside to thicken.
  3. Greece a round loose bottom pie pan with oil.
  4. Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine. Then add in the oil, almond milk and flax egg. Mix throughly to form a dough.
  5. Transfer the dough to the tart pan and use your fingers to press into the bottom and up the sides. Poke a few holes with a fork across the bottom.
  6. Bake Tart for 10 minutes on Gas mark 4. Remove from the oven.
  7. Layer a little of the filling mix across the bottom of the pan then add in the onions. Spread across the bottom. Add the remaining filling mix to cover the onions then top with the broccoli. Press in a little.
  8. Return to the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool before removing the pan.

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  1. Cassie Thuvan Tran on April 2, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Wow, this tart looks absolutely stunning! I love the vibrant colors of the broccoli and how it contrasts so well with the filling. You never fail to cook the most delicious AND most beautiful-looking recipes, Rebel! Would you be able to replace the cashews with tofu (knowing that the texture and filling will change?)

    • Niki on April 4, 2018 at 11:19 am

      Hey Cassie!
      So glad you like it and thank you.
      I think yes re tofu. Likely to be less rich but just as creamy.
      Love, Niki xx

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