Thursday, November 1, 2007

Holiday Flavours

Yesterday I was in another "Fall" mood...well except that its past fall, and as I prepared these recipes in my kitchen, there was snow falling outside!! Can you believe it?! Fortunately, it didn't last long, and the white stuff is gone by now.
I had some really ripe pears lying around, so made these pear tarts, which don't look like much in the picture, and yes are really simple, but thats what I like about them. I love the flavour and soft texture of the pear mixed with maple and ginger. Another ingredient that I think of around winter/holidays is cranberries! Oh so pretty...and yes a bit tart, but that can be worked with to create delicious desserts.

Maple Pear Tarts

2 cups walnuts
½ cup dates
½ cup shredded coconut

In a food processor, mix these ingredients into a smooth dough.
Press some dough into the bottom and up the sides of small tart shells.

Chill in the freezer while you make the filling.

1-2 cups soft and ripe, peeled diced pear (diced small)
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp lemon juice

Gently mix all ingredients together and let the pears macerate in this syrup for anywhere from 1-6 hours. Then spoon some of the pear mixture into the tart shells with a bit of the syrup. Serve immediately.

* For a pie, press the crust into a 9” pie shell, and double the filling ingredients.

Cranberry Orange Pie

The cream filling of this pie is pretty delish! The cranberries can still be a bit tart, even after “baking” them in the syrup. So this topping is completely optional, and looks really pretty but isn’t necessary to make this pie.


Make any nut crust of your choice or you can use the same recipe as the pear tarts above.
Press into a 9” pie shell. Chill while making the filling.

*Cranberry Orange Cream

This cream does not firm up much even after chilling a while. If you prefer a firmer filling, add some cashews and blend until smooth.

1 cup cranberries
2/3 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup packed young coconut (mine was quite firm)
4 large medjool dates, pitted
¼ cup agave
1 tsp orange zest
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp lemon juice

Blend all ingredients until completely smooth and creamy. Spoon into the pie crust.


1 cup fresh cranberries
¼ cup pure maple syrup
¼ tsp orange zest

Gently mix the cranberries with the syrup and zest. Spread on a teflex sheet and dehydrate at 115F for about 5 hours or until the cranberries become really soft. Spread the berries over the cranberry cream.

*This cream is great over chocolate cake (the pic at the top of the page) - Mmmm! It also makes a great dip for fruit.

*Another Idea: Use dehydrated pear slices to make a pretty dessert. On top of your favourite cake, stack the pear with cranberry cream in between, and voila!

Cran-Apple Juice. I just love this drink whenever the grocery stores are carrying fresh cranberries. Juice a few apples and a few handfuls of fresh cranberries - careful not to add too many or the juice will become too puckery!

So these are just a few holiday treats to try! Enjoy!


jessica said...

yum...all of it.
can i come over for a bite?

Raw Goddess said...

LOL, sure Jessica!

Come on over, I always have heaps of raw food on hand! :D