Sweet Berry Tart

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Hey All.

I didn’t plan on making this an official post, didn’t go to any lengths to take special pictures, but it turned out so tasty I had to squeeze it in.  I bought some more delicious berries from the weekend farmers market and knew that it was pretty much the end of the season and these guys only had a few good days left. But man, they were good days.

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Here’s the recipe for a basic strawberry shortbread tart.  Nothing especially creative, but if you have a bag of this shortbread cookie mix nearby you’ve got a great treat.  It’s also a good party treat- a bit more exciting than cookies, and something the picky eaters could squeeze in.  Also gluten-free was the only one that they had, good to know for gluten-free readers but nothing I strictly adhere to.    Anyways..

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bag of Bob’s Red Mill Shortbread Cookie Mix (or really anything of your choice)
  • Approx 15 strawberries
  • Approx 25 cherries
  • 2tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • handful of oats
  • optional: toppings: handful of blueberries + 1 tbsp cream cheese (vegan subs would work I assume)

*I had some of my roommates leftover cream cheese and although I am not normally a fan (and only recently relaxing the vegan diet), it seemed like a good idea and worked very well.  It was a good texture to bind the jam mixture and to make the blueberry topping.

Directions 

  1. Make shortbread according to bag, toss in the oven but bake it into one flat sheet cookie, for 5 minutes less than directed.
  2. Slice up the strawberries and pit the cherries, heat on stove on medium heat.
  3. Add the maple syrup and vanilla
  4. Let simmer until they form a uniform, jam-like consistency.  It was 10-15 minutes for me.
  5. When the cookie appears almost done, take it out and pour the berry mixture on top, sprinkle with oats
  6. bake for 5-10 minutes, until cookie is golden
  7. optional: while baking, I tossed some frozen blueberries into the now-empty fruit pot and added the cream cheese. It made for great contrast with the flavors and a bit more decadent of a dessert.
  8. As soon as the tart cools, you’re all set!tart
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