Thursday, June 21, 2012

Strawberry Tartlettes - #RecipeRedux !

It's been a crazy few weeks around here (and it's only going to get crazier in my offline world), but it's that time of the month again! No, not that... it's time to break out the Recipe Redux fun! This month marks the event's first bithday, and it's popularity and it's wonderful ability to spread the message of nutritious, delectable eating is definitely cause to celebrate! Twelve months ago Regan Jones (The Professional Palate), Serena Ball (Teaspoon Communications) and Deanna Segrave-Daly (Teaspoon Communications) took on the task of rejigging the theory of what was "healthy food" by taking a flavour-lead tack - and I can't say it any better than the Redux website:
"We aim to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover".
Well, they certainly did with me!

This month's theme is perfect for any Summer celebrations, while still staying "up" on a popular feature in fancy restaurants these days - mini desserts! One to two bites of delicious, yet healthy, sweetness that can cap off a meal or be part of a dessert cocktail party! Being that the warmer weather is here, smaller sweets take precedence thanks to their portability and "light" factor. For my submission, I'm bringing some tartlettes made with a lower-sugar, whole wheat crust and a sugar free strawberry "jam" filling (using chia!). The result is still rich, yet not guilt inducing, and perfect for anything from a BBQ to a Midsummer's wedding.


Strawberry Tartlettes
Makes 26-28 (or one 9" single tart crust)

Shortbread Pastry (adapted from The Rosie’s Bakery All-Butter, Cream-Filled, Sugar-Packed Baking Book)
2 1/4 oz unsalted butter (or vegan margarine for baking like Earth Balance Buttery Sticks)
2 1/4 oz organic coconut oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp Sucanat or dark brown sugar
3 (1 g) packets vanilla- (or almond-) flavoured stevia (or 2 more tbsp sugar)
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

Filling
3 oz fresh strawberries, roughly chopped
1/4 cup tart cherry juice
1 (1 g) packet vanilla- (or almond-) flavoured stevia
1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds (or white Salba if you prefer)

Shortbread Pastry:
  1. In a bowl, cream together butter, coconut oil, salt, Sucanat and stevia until light.
  2. Add vanilla and beat in, then beat in the flour until a stiff dough forms.
  3. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 4-24 hours.
Filling:
  1. Puree the strawberries with cherry juice and stevia.
  2. Add the chia seeds and pulse in.
  3. Pour into a bowl, cover and chill 1 hour.
Baking:
  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Break dough into small pieces and, using your fingers, pat into the bottom and up the sides of a mini-muffin tin to form a "shell".
  3. Spoon a tsp of strawberry filling into each shell.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Cool completely in the tin before carefully unmoulding.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 65.4
Total Fat: 4.8 g
Cholesterol: 5.3 mg
Sodium: 14.7 mg
Total Carbs: 5.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.0 g
Protein: 0.6 g

3 comments :

Ashley Oswald said...

Hi! My name is Ashley and I'm interning with the Meal Makeover Moms. We experimented with Chia seeds this week as well by adding them to oatmeal. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice said...

These are so adorable - anything strawberry and tartlike and I'm making it!

Molly Jones said...

Looks delicious!! And only 65 calories... yes, please! I am interning with Regan Jones and have enjoyed reading all of the ReDux recipes. Thanks so much for sharing yours!

Molly Jones
Intern for ReganMillerJones, Inc.