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Raspberry & Pear Tart

I could rant on about how much I am in love with summer for days on end.

I mean how can you not love all the yummy summer fruit, ice-creams and those days spent by the beach or in the pool.

One of the best fruits available during summer are pears, which when combined with raspberries is one of the best fruit combinations out there. This tart is light and way too easy to devour, I managed to eat half of it after I came back from a 10km run… oops.

This is a simplistic pie to assemble, and even better: its vegan!

Serves: 10

Raspberry & Pear Tart

Equipment:

  • Food processor
  • Scales
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Oven
  • Pie/tart tin
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Timer
  • Rolling pin

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1 cup oat flour (ground rolled oats)
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract, nutmeg, and salt
  • 2 tsp. organic honey (or agave for a vegan alternative)
  • 5/6 tbsp. ice-water
  • 4 tbsp. coconut oil (chilled)

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200⁰C and prepare pie/tart tin.
  2. Place all ingredients into a food processor, and process until dough is formed (if the dough is too crumbly, add 1 tsp. of water at a time till uniform, if the dough is too dry, add flour till able to be rolled).
  3. Dust a bench with flour, then roll the dough out and gently transfer into your pie tin.
  4. Bake the pie crust for approximately 10 minutes or until golden.
  5. Take the pie out of the oven and leave to cool till the filling is ready to be baked.

Filling:

  • ¾ cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 pears
  • 3/4 cup light/dark muscovardo sugar (brown sugar substitute)
  • 1 tbsp. corn-flour/tapioca powder
  • ¼ cup rolled oats

 

  1. Reduce the oven temperature to 150⁰C.
  2. Take the raspberries and line them on the bottom of the pie crust.
  3. Sprinkle the sugar and corn-flour/tapioca over the raspberries.
  4. Slice the pear into thin sheets, and place on top of the raspberries till a ‘crust’ of pears covers the whole pie.
  5. Bake for at least 1 hour and 20 minutes, allowing the juice from the fruit to evaporate and thicken the raspberries into a jam-like consistency.
  6. Leave to cool, then slice and serve!

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Healthy Lemon Meringue Pie

We have this lemon tree in the back yard.

And I swear every time I turn around, it’s grown even bigger.

The plus side is that we have a lot of lemons to use up all year round,  but unfortunately lemon is something you can get bored of sometimes.

Luckily, this pie comes in handy for those juicy lemons!
This pie contains a vegan crust and curd, so emit the meringue or replace with a vegan alternative and voila! Vegan lemon meringue pie.

Now for the healthy part:

I modified the crust to emit the egg yolk and butter, as well as the refined sugar and flour, replacing with nutritious ingredients.
Don’t panic about the coconut oil, I have done a fair few hours of research and the fats within the oil are beneficial to the body – so don’t fear the coconut!

The great part is that coconut oil can replace butter, making it a great and healthy alternative! Do not get processed coconut oil however, this stuff is just horrible for you and pretty much has no nutrients.

The lemon curd is adapted from a dessert blogger named: http://dessertswithbenefits.com/, who is an idol of mine and please check out her blog, she posts healthy versions of classic desserts :3

Now for the pie!

Serves: 12 (15cm pie tin)

Healthy Lemon Meringue Pie

Crust:

  • 6.5 tbsp. ice-water
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • ¼ cup oil of choice
  • ½ cup organic coconut oil
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole-meal flour (spelt/coconut/etc.)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200C. Grease pie/tart mold if non-stick with oil of choice.
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift dry ingredients together.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, mix in ¼ cup of oil (not coconut yet), as well as the lemon and vanilla.
  4. Using a crumbling technique, add in solid coconut oil and using your hands, rub together with the flour to create a crumb like texture. This process is exactly the same as butter pastry dough.
  5. Gently pour in ice-water, stirring well, till the dough just comes together, but is not saturated. You may require more or less of the ice-water, depending on circumstance.
  6. Press the dough into the pie mold (due to the nature of the dough, this technique will work better than rolling it out), till the mold is completely covered.
  7. Place a sheet of baking paper over the pie crust, then weigh down with pie weights of choice, such as rice, popcorn kernels, etc. Place into the oven and bake for 15-17 minutes.
  8. Remove the baking paper and weights, place back into the oven and bake for a further 10 minutes or until golden.
  9. Place onto a cooling rack, set aside.

Lemon Curd Filling:

  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • ¾ unsweetened almond milk (soy milk/rice milk/oat milk/milk)
  • 6 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 drops yellow food colouring (optional)
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 tbsp. unrefined sugar (caster/brown/organic/stevia)
  • ¼ cup organic coconut oil

Method:

  1. Heat milk and cornstarch in a small pot on medium heat, stirring constantly till uniform.
  2. Using a whisk, blend in all other ingredients aside from the coconut oil and turn the heat up to high.
  3. Whisking constantly, stir until thick in consistency.
  4. Turn off the heat, take the pot off and stir in the coconut oil efficiently.
  5. Pour the curd into a bowl and leave to cool at room temperature, stirring occasionally to prevent lumps from forming.

Meringue:

  • 4 organic, free range egg whites
  • ¾ fine sugar (of choice)
  • Pinch cream of tartar (optional – adds stability to meringue)

Method:

  1. Whip egg whites in a clean bowl with an electric beater or by whisk until soft peaks form.
  2. Whisk in cream of tartar, then gradually whisk in grains of sugar until completely dissolved.
  3. The test: To truly know if your meringue is ready, tip the bowl over your head, or somebody else’s 😉 Now if there is no egg in your hair, it’s ready to go!

Creation:

  1. Take the baked pie base, and spread the lemon curd in an even layer.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  3. Gently transfer the meringue onto the top of the pie.
  4. Place the pie into the oven and bake until the meringue is golden and crisp at the peaks.
  5. Take the pie out, and leave to cool on a drying rack for at least an hour, or until the curd has re-solidified.
  6. Devour!

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