Towards the end of the week, my baking from the previous weekend starts to run low and I begin thinking about what I will make on Saturday for the following week. This is, needless to say, a pleasant experience. I conjure up all sorts of things, usually with multi-layers of fabulousness. And sometimes, someone helps me along, as happened with this weekend’s choice. A reader of this blog and a fellow sufferer of fructose malabsorption tested this recipe and then sent it to me. It is entirely suitable for us but contains ground almonds and I am not great with nuts though they don’t contain fructose. However, I decided to make the recipe anyway and I am glad I did because the tarts taste pretty good. The pastry is interesting and holds together well while the filling is tasty and satisfying. All round this is a good recipe and worth making whether you have any food intolerances or not.
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- 100gms brown rice flour
- 100gms maize cornflour
- ½ tsp salt
- 100gms chilled butter
- 50gms caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 185gms whole almonds
- 85gms butter
- 100gms caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 250gms blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
- Put the flours and salt in a food processor and process to blend well.
- Dice the butter and add to the processor.
- Process until a breadcrumb-like texture forms.
- Add the egg and process until a dough forms.
- Remove from the processor and shape it into a ball.
- Wrap in clingfilm and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Press into the buttered forms of a muffin tin.
- Grind the almonds in a food processor until fine.
- Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, one at a time and beat until the mixture is smooth.
- Add the vanilla and almonds and mix.
- Fold in the blueberries and spoon the mixture into the pastry shells.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, covering with tin foil if the pastry edges start to burn.
- Cool for 20 minutes in the tins and them remove carefully to a wire wrack to cool completely.