Valentine’s Day is coming, and I love Valentine’s Day — even when I have no Valentine. This year, I have a houseful of friends who deserve some love-in-a-baked-form from me. This raspberry tart with gluten free pie crust fits the occasion perfectly!
I’ve been researching and cooking healthier foods for a long time, and lately have been reading more about an anti-inflammatory diet. So, I decided to make the pie crust from scratch, using quinoa flour. This flour has less carbohydrates and more protein than wheat flour, plus tons of vitamins and minerals (bonus for iron) and is gluten free.
Most quinoa-flour bakers recommend using only 25% gluten free flour in breads and baked goods, but since this was going to be a press pie crust (who wants to roll out dough when you can press it into cute heart-shaped pans?) I used 100% quinoa flour. And I wanted to see if a gluten free pie crust would work with this chocolate raspberry tart.
Using an easy, basic pie crust recipe from Simply Recipes, I cut the recipe in half since this is a tart (it only needs 1 crust, not 2). After forming the dough into a ball, instead of refrigerating, I divided it into 4 equal parts and simply pressed into 4 small heart pans (these happen to be disposable paper pans). The rest of the tart is fast and easy and oh so pretty.
It came out delicious! The gluten free pie crust with quinoa flour was the perfect base for the sweet rich chocolate and red tart berries. And I got to give away some love.
Raspberry Chocolate Heart Tart (gluten free pie crust optional) from Meals.com
Get easy pie crust recipe here (just sub quinoa flour or almost flour as suggested in the recipe).
Ingredients for 8 servings:
- 1 refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on package (or use gluten free pie crust directions above)
- 1 cup (6 oz.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate or Dark Chocolate Morsels
- 2/3 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups raspberries, rinsed and dried
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
PREHEAT oven to 425° F.
PLACE pastry circle with plastic removed on lightly floured surface; roll out slightly. Trim small amount of pastry away to form heart shape. Place heart on ungreased baking sheet. Turn edges under 1/2 inch; flute. Prick pastry with tines of fork.
BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on baking sheet on wire rack.
MICROWAVE morsels and sweetened condensed milk in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10-second intervals, stirring just until smooth. Stir in vanilla extract. Spread over crust. Refrigerate for a few minutes or until chocolate is set.
ARRANGE raspberries over chocolate; sprinkle with powdered sugar.
NOTE: Use remaining CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk to top ice cream or use as a dip for fruit.