Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lunch Box Chronicles: Day Seven (Spelt Right Morello Cherry Tarts)

Tonight's creation is more of a dessert chronicle, but definitely one worth trying. I have to confess that I am a bit of Trader Joe's addict and can't help but stop there on my way home from Boston to Maine. I have some old favorites, but am always scouring the shelves for something new. Eureka! This week, I found Dark Morello Cherries in Light Syrup made in Germany. All natural, but still loaded with sugar.

Recipe: Organic Spelt Triangles Stuffed with Morell0 Cherries. Ingredients: Spelt Right Pizza Dough (let rise to double its size in the bag), 2 cups Trader Joe's Dark Morello Cherries, 1/2 organic evaporated cane juice, 1/4 cup organic white spelt flour (Vita Spelt brand).

You know the protocol if you have been following the chronicles. If not, here's a little direction. Cut the dough into six even balls. Set aside. In a small bowl combine cherries (without liquid), 1/2 cup of evaporated cane juice (sugar), 1/4 cup of organic spelt. Toss together. Preheat oven to 400. Prepare the dough on a lightly oiled cookie sheet, 4 can fit easily. Stretch dough gently by hand or roll to about 1/4 inch think. Place cherry mixture in center, about 2 teaspoonfuls. Try to squeeze out some of the juice beforehand. Create triangles. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. This is a messy one. The juice leaks from the cherries on to the pan so expect a little smoke in the oven.

Something about the cherries made the dough extra moist, really really nice. The kids were skeptical, but anxious to eat them. Although the limit is a two thumbs up, Spencer gave it a 6 and 1/2 thumbs up. Olivia was equally as thrilled. Their cherry stained faces were proof! A great alternative to a pie because this crust has very little fat and tons of nutrition with the spelt. In a word, yummmm!

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