Dark Cherry Mini Tarts

Cupcakes and sliders move over! Mini-tarts are the new delicious thing hitting the town. Think about them as mini pies you can enjoy guiltless… and gluten free and fodmap free.

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This recipe was adapted from the Coconut Mama, and I think it could really work as a quiche too. In terms of the crust, you’ll find tons of crusts that are gluten free around the web…but as much as I’ve tried ¬†with coconut oil, it was the real butter that did the trick.

I used frozen cherries, but you can use whatever is in season these days…blueberries, strawberries, you name it. The meringue is time consuming, but worth it if you have guests to impress, or you want to sound like a sophisticated chef. “Meringue-ing” is not a verb yet, but one day…maybe.

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Ok. Here it goes…

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, Melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour – click here for link
  • 1-3 tablespoons sugar (to taste)

For the filling:

  • 3 cups of cherries or other fruit
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • almond extract
  • 1/4 cup of orange juice

For the meringue:

  • 2 egg white
  • 4 tablespoons suga
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Set the oven to 425 degrees and grease a muffin or cupcake pan. In a bowl, beat the butter for the crust, the eggs, and the rest of the ingredients until you form a ball (it should not be too sticky, or too crumbly). Carefully divide it with a spoon or your fingers and form pie crusts in each cupcake hole. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on cooling rack.

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For the filling, in medium to high heat, drop the cherries or the other fruit until they start juicing…soon it will come to a boil. (Around 15 minutes). Add the sugar and mix with a wooden spoon continuously. Add the almond extract and the orange juice, cover and simmer in low until most of the liquid is consume and the mix is thick (slightly thicker than jam). Cool.

Finally, for the meringue, set the broiler in the oven. Beat the egg whites in high until they form peaks. Add the sugar and vanilla essence carefully, and beat in slow until the meringue thickens and you can pipe it.

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On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, carefully¬†set the pie crusts, fill them with the cherry filling and pipe the meringue. Then, paying a lot of attention, toast the meringue in the oven (don’t let it burn!). Remove from the oven and cool.

Enjoy with tea, cappuccino and good friends.

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