Keep the winter season and enjoy the last fluffy snows of winter with sled riding and tarts shining in a raspberry glimmer like the night stars.
Raspberry Starts (Star Tarts)
Sweet, crispy, golden pastry and tart raspberry seeds shine together on the plate and reflect smiling eyes.
Non-GMO, organic, local, free range, grass-fed ingredients:
1 C Spelt Flour, 1/2 tsp pink salt, 6 tbsp cold butter, 2-5 tbsp cold water, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp crushed anise seed.
Fresh or preserved raspberries: (If fresh, simmer in a pot on low until broken down a little. If not fresh, use a fruit spread. No added sugar or preservatives.)
Combine dry pastry ingredients with clean hands until crumbly, add a few tbsp of the cold water and mix. Only add as much water as the dough needs to come together. Roll out on a lightly floured surface and cut out the dough with the cookie cutter. If you don’t have one use a knife to cut out any shape you like. If the dough sticks, lift gently with a metal pastry knife or a wide butter knife. (If the dough sticks after a while, the dough needs to be chilled in the refrigerator before more rolling out.)
Add shapes to a baking sheet. (A liner helps keep them from sticking.) Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool some before serving as the fruit gets very hot.
You can also use an egg wash on the tops before baking for a glossy, golden look. (Store in a glass container.)
Resembling coastal shells, these flakey tarts inspire natural smiles. Great for the every day and for special events. Use any flavour or cookie cutter shape. Kids love making these!
Four ways to use the star shapes: (All dot the fruit in the center)
- Classic-Flat. (Star shape) Flats don’t get as hot as the other 3 shapes, but caution while eating hot out of the oven for all 4.
- Hugs-Overlap two stars together with points alternating, folded over the 2 sides. (Sand dollar shape, or 2 Starfish hugging)
- Twist Ups-Bring the points up, and seal like a dumpling. (Starfish shape)
- Sandwiches-Layer two stars and seal edges. (Starfish shape)
Make lots of Starts or save a little pastry dough for a small pie, like this Naturally Sweet Potato Pie. (Steamed sweet potato in bone broth, add to dish with crust dough, add cinnamon, stir a little, add a tbsp of butter. Bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees until golden brown. All ages love this dish.)
Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine is fun to visit. Cross country skiing, a food market including their own food products, dairy cows and animals to visit, trails, beautiful views, lots of brick buildings, a great hill where families can sled ride, sleigh rides, a garden and farm, and more to explore! They don’t have organic food for us to try in the ordering area yet, but we like the outdoor experience there.