Everyone loved that winter fruit tart I made 2 weeks ago so I decided to try a slight variation on it; individual tarts created in low sided round tartlet pans, they have a removable disk bottom for easy removal of each tartlet. I used some frozen blueberries instead of the pears plus I added a touch of ginger to spice it up differently. If you are a ginger hater, just leave that out.
They turned out really tasty, I used my favorite crisp cookie crust covered with a mixture of fruits and the touch of crumb almond topping. We each had our own tartlet slightly warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream; perfect. Joe said that he really loves the cookie crust; great cookie flavor.
This is a simple recipe; toss the fruits with sugar and a touch of tapioca. If you don’t have tapioca use some cornstarch or rice flour mix. They look like I bought them in a bakery. I took one to a church event so I would have a safe treat to enjoy and was envied by all the others at my table eating commercially made wheat based pastries. Serve these tartlets and I promise you no one will even believe they are eating gluten free!
Fruity Mix Tartlets
Start by making a gf cookie crust and the crumb topping. If you have leftover crumb topping in the fridge you are ahead of the game for making pies and tarts!
Place the following in a stand mixer bowl and combine
1 cup GF flour (recipe below)
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp xanthan gum
½ tsp cinnamon
Mix well, add 5 tbsp cold butter, cut into 6-7 chunks. Mix on low until the butter is just crumbs blended in.
Add 1 tsp. vanilla extract and 1 tbsp water. Blend well.
Pour the crust crumbs into six mini tart pans or a ten inch tart pan that was sprayed with cooking spray. Spread it up the sides ¼ inch (½ an inch for the big tart pan). Press gently in so it is a cohesive crust but do not press really hard or your crust will be like concrete when the tartlets finish baking!
Put all four ingredients in the same mixing bowl you made the bottom crust in and mix well with mixer paddle until crumbs form.
¾ c brown rice flour mix
½ c sugar
½ tsp xanthan gum
1/3 c cold butter cut into six chunks
You will use a ½ cup of the crumbs. Put the rest in a tightly sealing glass container and store in the fridge for your next pie/tart. It should keep for several weeks.
Almond Topping: mix well
½ cup crumb topping
¼ cup slivered almonds
Heat the oven to 375 degrees while you make the filling.
1 baking apple
1 ¼ cup frozen blueberries, not defrosted
1 skimpy cup raw cranberries
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp. granulated tapioca
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. ginger
Peel, core, quarter and slice thinly the cooking apple, put in a mixing bowl with the blueberries and cranberries. Be sure to pick over the cranberries and remove any soft or iffy ones. Add the sugar, tapioca, ginger and cinnamon, mix with a spoon.
Pour into the crusted tartlet pans. Mound up a bit; it will sink when it is cooked. If you have any leftover fruit; you can bake it in an oven safe dish with crumbs on top. Sprinkle the tartlets with the almond crumb topping. I put the pans on a baking sheet for easy placement and removal from the oven. Pop the tartlets in the oven and bake 40-45 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned. They take that long because the blueberries are frozen. Cool at least 10 minutes. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!
Brown Rice Flour Mix
2 c brown rice flour (finely ground)
2/3 c potato starch – Not potato flour!
1/3 c tapioca flour