Wednesday, June 29, 2011

July 4th Berry Biscuit Tarts

This super-easy recipe is great for a party, or for any weekday!

July 4th Berry Biscuit Tarts

4 c. spelt flour (you can use regular flour, you might need to use a little more) + a little extra for the counter and the cup
2 Tbsp. Baking powder
1 tsp. salt
½ c. sugar + extra for sprinkling ( I use turbinado sugar, you can use any kind)
2/3 c. canola oil
1 ½ c. warm water
1 Tbsp. honey
1 16 oz. container strawberries, washed and sliced
1 11 oz. container blueberries, washed (we had extra blueberries, a smaller container would work)
* ½ c. heavy cream

Pre-heat oven to °375.
In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.  In a smaller bowl, whisk together the canola oil, warm water and honey.  Save the cream for later.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and stir to combine.  Don’t overwork it, just stir until it comes together.
Put a little bit of flour on a clean counter.  Dump the dough onto the flour.  The dough will be really moist.  Fold and turn the dough around in the extra flour.  Press the dough out with your fingers, to about 1’’ thickness.  Dip the top of a cup, or mug, in a little flour.  Press the cup into the dough, and make biscuits.
**Take the biscuits, one at a time, and press out to about ½’’ thickness.  Place berries in the middle of the circle, leaving room around the edge.  Fold the edges of the dough over the berries. 
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet, brush the dough with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, turning halfway through.
These can be eaten warm, with a fork.  Or, let cool completely and pick them up (works better at a cook-out).
Makes 10 – 12 tarts.     

*- the heavy cream is optional
** - sometimes it’s easier to spread out the individual biscuits right on the parchment lined baking sheet

These are delicious plain, but they are also great with a little whipped cream or drizzled with honey. 

To make whipped cream just beat some heavy cream in a metal bowl.  When the cream starts to stiffen add confectioners sugar, to taste.  If you like you can also add vanilla, almond extract or even a little liqueur. 
By the way, if you stick the metal bowl and beaters in the freezer first, the cream will whip a little quicker.   

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