They say the apple does not fall far from the tree. Me and mini-me have apples coming out of our ears, and she is just as contented as myself to create healthful treats. A fruit tart is one gluttonous way to elevate the day. Me and mini me made our apple-raspberry tart with honey, almonds, Jonagold apples and fresh raspberries. I wanted an antioxidant rich power snack that could also serve my emotional needs, I got it!
We made a basic tart crust, but with whole wheat pastry flour and corn oil, to keep our bodies in stasis. We sliced 5 medium-sized apples, and about two handfuls of fresh raspberries. I added a mixture of 1/4 cup of succinat ( a Vegan sugar substitute but you can use granulated sugar as well) and fall spices. Next, a tablespoon of cinnamon, a good teaspoon of fresh nutmeg, and a teaspoon of cornstarch.
The trick is to GENTLY mix the fruit with the dry mixture, so the berries don’t break until you cook them. I spooned the fruit into the tart and made a light topping of; almonds, 1/4 cup of butter, 1/4 cup of my whole wheat pastry flour, and a 1/4 cup of sweetener. Make sure to break up this mixture very well in a bowl, you can even pulse it quickly then spread it over your tart.
Did you know:
Cinnamon’s benefits date back to 2700 B.C. It offers anti-clotting and anti-microbial benefits, boosts brain function and contributes to a healthy colon. It may also help control blood sugar in people with diabetes.
Raspberries offer antioxidant compounds cancer, aging, inflammation, and neuro-degenerative diseases. They have an ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of about 4900 per 100 grams, crediting it among the top-ranked ORAC fruits. Basically, these antioxidants are absorbed at high rates..they are a must!!
Our final touch was 1/8 cup of raw honey, a natural antimicrobial and antioxidant! We put the tart in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes, then at 350 for an additional 30. Wait until it completely cools to cut!
Stop by next Monday as we make some more healthful apple treats, like a roasted chicken with apples and lemon, with Israeli couscous and Insalata Caprese ( a simple mozzarella/tomato/basil salad).