Friday, July 30, 2010

Sweet Tooth: Summer Berry Tart


Happy Friday everyone! How has your week been? Where is the summer going? Can you believe that August has already arrived?! 

Today's sweet treat is my recipe entry for the Hot Raw Chef contest. I admit, the recipe looks long because I had to write every single little step for the purpose of the contest, but it's really very simple (as you saw on the video). It's delicious, satisfying, and can be made with berries of your choice. Now that blueberries are in season here, I'd like to make it with them. Speaking of which, I picked blueberries yesterday! 

Summer Berry Tart

Yield:
6" tart pan, or several 4" tart pans. 4-8 servings. 

Macadamia Mango Crust

Ingredients:

1 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 tablespoons finely chopped, dried mango
pinch of himalayan salt
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Method:

1. In a food processor, grind the macadamia nuts, coconut, mango, and salt into crumbs. 
2. Add the maple syrup and grind again, very briefly, to combine.
3. Check to make sure the crust mixture is moist, crumbly, and will press together easily when pressed in your hand. 
4. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 6" tart pan, or 3, 4" tart pans. 
5. Chill the crust in the fridge or freezer for 1 hour, or until it hardens. 
6. When the crust is hard, loosen it from the tart pan, by pressing up from the bottom piece. It will pop out. Keep it chilled until the filling is ready.

Note: Do not over process the crust, or the oils will be released from the macadamia nuts, and turn the mixture into a soft, buttery consistency. If the mixture is a bit dry, add 1 teaspoon of water and grind again briefly.


Berry Filling:

Ingredients:

3/4 cup chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup cashews
2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons lemon juice
pinch of himalayan salt
1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon melted extra virgin coconut oil (melt it in a dehydrator, or in a container submerged in hot water)

1 1/2 cups berries, or chopped fruit of your choice
berries, fruit, or edible flowers, to garnish

Method:

1. Combine the first seven ingredients (starting with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup), in a blender until completely smooth, creamy, and slightly warm. 
2. Add the coconut oil and blend briefly to incorporate. 
3. Taste the mixture. Add the other tablespoon of maple syrup if you prefer a sweeter filling. 
4. Fold the berries or chopped fruit into the filling. 
5. Spoon the filling into the tart crust. 
6. Garnish the tart with berries, fruit, flowers, or nuts of your choice. 
7. Eat the tart immediately or chill it for up to 12 hours to allow the filling to thicken further. 
8. The tart will keep, refrigerated, for 5-6 days.


Part of Potluck Party: Healthy Desserts

Berry picking... oh man, the buggies were bad, so I didn't stay in the berry patch as long as I wanted to! Plus, my mom got stung by a wasp. No good! 




More berries. These are wild dwarf raspberries that grow along my road. They were out last month and taste like the most insane raspberry candies ever!


Last,  but not least, wild strawberries - also out about a month ago. The best strawberries a person could ever taste...

What is your favourite berry??

22 comments:

Noelle said...

This looks lovely! Thanks for this nice dessert!

Courtney Pool said...

Delicious and artistic as always, my dear! BLUUUUEBERRY is my favorite!

Molly said...

cloudberries, blackberries, raspberries, can´t choose :) i like your blog, it´s very inspiring :)

Nelly said...

blackberries definitely my fave...do cherries count? they're also top notch for me!!!

Lauren said...

Strawberries are my favorite! Always have been! Those raspberries look amazing!!! I think we are going berry picking on Sunday! Can't wait!! Hopefully no bugs though! Have a great weekend! XO

kelli said...

blueberries!!! i had organic for the first time this summer and i'm hooked.

i need to visit you this time next summer so i can sample those berries! mmm!

love your berry tart. what a perfect summer treat. must get tart pans!=)

HippieMom said...

Hello Gorgeous ♥ Bluberries are on top of my berries list. Wish I was near to come over and help you with the picking ☺

Elizabeth said...

Fresh Blackberries!!
This weekend I am going out to buy the tiny tart pans so I can make some cute berry tarts!!
I am having a hard time finding unsweetened and chemical free dried mango...do you dehydrate your own?
Peace and Raw Health,
E

Cynthia said...

Blueberries are my all time favorite. But it's sad, this year they really bothered my stomach. Your berries look great. I have wild raspberries in my woods but the deer eat them all. I guess they need it more than me. Cynthia

Jacklyn said...

beautiful dessert! those raspberries look like something i would wanna try!

Rick said...

i've always been a sucker for blueberries. however, in the past year or so i've realized that berries in general are my favorite food on the planet. blueberries, black mulberries, red raspberries, strawberries, goji berries, goldenberries and loganberries are all in my possession right now!

Pure2Raw Twins said...

Beautiful dessert girl! Love it :)

I love blueberries!!! YUM

I hope you have a great weekend!!

Nikki said...

I love wild berries! Where I grew up, on the Oregon coast, we had wild salmon berries. They look like a wild raspberry, but they're orange and delicious. Those are my favorites. And wild thimble-berries! Next time I go home I'm taking photos.

Britta said...

WOW! Sooo cute and pretty and yummy looking!! Thank you for sharing :) Loving your blog!!!

RunnerBeanGreen said...

Blueberries win hands down for me! Beautiful work sweetie xoxo

The Voracious Vegan said...

Blueberries and strawberries...I can't decide which I love more!

What a lovely, gorgeous summery dessert! It is so lovely and perfect and cute.

Krissy said...

Oh Heather! Those wild bluberries bring back so many wonderful memories from my childhood. My grandparents lived out East in Moncton Newbrunswick and we used to pick wild blueberries every year - nothing tastes better than a self picked wild blueberry :) ENJOY them, I'm jealous :) xoxo

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

Great looking dessert. I need to try making some of these lovely raw goodies once we get moved.

My fav fruit? Blueberries! A summer foray into Michigan fed my blueberry obsession and I may never recover. ;-)

RawGuru said...

wild Black Raspberries for me!

Jennifer said...

This looks divine! I can't wait to make it!!

Chel said...

Every time I visit your blog you inspire me to do something sweet!

Thanks

Julie the Alkaline Girl said...

Mmmm this recipe looks so delish! Can't wait to try it. Just got some amazing berries this morning at the market- yeh now I can play!