Everyone and their mom has been talking about Game of Thrones lately. The HBO show has done a lot to advertise the series and, in my opinion, it’s just as good as the books. But if you want to read the stories, then start off with A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. In the book, each chapter is dedicated to a character and focuses on their actions, thoughts, etc. I like this aspect of it because it seems like everyone gets a fair share of story and no main character is neglected.
The land where the story is set, Westeros, has extremely strange seasons. Summers and winters can last for years. Now the end of a long seven-year summer is upon the land and a hard winter is coming. With the winter dangerous creatures will come creeping things from the north (usually kept out by the giant ice Wall), and nobody knows how many years the cold will last. The story focuses mostly on the Stark family, who are the Lords of Winterfell, located in the far north. After the King’s Hand dies under mysterious circumstances, the King calls upon Lord Eddard Stark to come to the capital (which is located much further south) and become the new Hand. Despite his wife and children’s reservations, Eddard accepts the invitation and brings his two daughters, Sansa and Arya, with him.
With the cold intensifying and the family divided, plus the rumors of betrayal and war on the horizon, the Starks face more trials than ever. Whether any or all of them will survive remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure. Winter is coming.
“A passing septon was looking at her askance.”Here’s the best place to find pigeon,” Arya told him as she brushed herself and picked up her fallen stick sword. “They come for the crumbs.” He hurried away.
She tied the pigeon to her belt and started down the street. A man was pushing a load of tarts by on a two-wheeled cart; the smells sang of blueberries and lemons and apricots. Her stomach made a hollow rumbly noise.
“Could I have one?” She heard herself say. “A lemon, or… or any kind.”
The pushcart man looked her up and down. Plainly he did not like what he saw. “Three coppers.”
Arya tapped her wooden sword against the side of her boot. “I’ll trade you a fat pigeon,” she said.
“The Others take your pigeon,” the pushcart man said.” – Game of Thrones (paperback) pages 716-717
I’ve made this tart previously, but I never posted the veganized recipe. It’s based off of the recipe in The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook. Fresh apricots are really hard to find around here, so I used canned fruit. But feel free to use the fresh version if it’s available to you.
Arya’s Apricot Crumb Tart – Veganized
1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup mild oil (I used canola)
For crumble topping:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup margarine, cubed and chilled
For pie filling:
2 15 oz. cans apricots in juice
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons full-fat canned coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons margarine, melted then cooled
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a bowl mix together the crust flour, salt, and sugar. In a smaller bowl mix oil and applesauce. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix thoroughly. Press into a greased pie pan.
For the crumble topping mix flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the margarine into the flour mixture until crumbly.
Drain canned apricots and lightly rinse. Cut into small bite-size pieces. Put them into a bowl and combine with brown sugar, cornstarch, coconut milk, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and margarine. Gently mix until the apricots are all coated.
Pour the apricot mixture into the prepared pie crust and them sprinkle the crumble on top.
Bake for 35-50 minutes or until crust and crumble are golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
Let cool to room temperature before serving.