Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cranberry Apple Tart

It's apple season around here, and I'm constantly looking for new recipes that utilize the fruit. I've got a huge box of apples sitting in my basement, thanks to my grandparents' overflowing tree.

My friend Laura passed on this recipe to me. She found the original recipe (from the Associate Press) in the newspaper. It looks fabulous! Can't wait to try it. Thanks, Laura!

Cranberry Apple Tart

Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes
Makes two 10-inch tarts

1 ball MSPI-friendly prepared pizza dough, room temperature
8 tbsp. MSPI-friendly margarine (1 stick)
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cardamom
¼ tsp. nutmeg
½ cup packed brown sugar
8 medium tart apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
½ cup dried cranberries

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

On a lightly floured counter, divide the dough in two. Use a rolling pin to roll out each piece of dough into a 10-inch circle about ¼-inch thick. Transfer the crusts to the prepared baking sheet (you may need to use 2 sheets). Set aside.

Place the margarine in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high until melted. Mix in the cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and brown sugar. Use a pastry brush to coat both crusts with some of the margarine mixture; reserve the remaining margarine.

Arrange half of the apple slices over each crust, then brush the apples with the remaining margarine. Sprinkle half of the cranberries over each tart. Bake for 25 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned and the apples are tender. Let cool before serving.

*** For a nice finish, dust the tart with powdered sugar, or a blend of powdered sugar and cinnamon.

*** The dried cranberries can be soaked in water or juice for 15 minutes before using. This isn’t necessary, but it makes them plump and juicy. Be sure to drain them well before placing them on the tarts.

***One recipe of pizza dough is enough for this recipe.


Anonymous said...

Not sure how to communicate to you privately, but I was wondering if you could recommend some restaurants in Omaha that you found to be MSPI friendly. Thanks!

Andrea said...

Sure, Tiffany!

For something a little nicer, Upstream Brewing Company is excellent. It says right on their menu that they are able to work with food allergies. Just tell your server what you can't have and he/she will talk with the chef.

I've also eaten at Roja Mexican Grill without problems. Their chips and salsa are to die for! The servers were really helpful with picking something out that's safe. FYI: the refried beans are NOT safe.

For family night, we like Cici's Pizza. You can special order a pizza without cheese at no additional buffet cost -- and they load on the toppings, which is a must when you're missing cheese!

And when in doubt at any restaurant, I stick to salads (without cheese, etc.) with oil and vinegar dressing.

Hope this helps you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips...we went to Upstream this weekend for our anniversary. They were helpful and the food was delicious!

Can't wait to have a family night out at Cici's pizza. Pizza has been the one thing I have really missed on this elimination diet. The sauce and dough are not an issue?

Thanks for all you do!


Andrea said...

So glad you had a yummy anniversary dinner! I'm sure eating out made the day even more extra special!

Re: Cici's Pizza. I have to be honest, I do not know the actual ingredients in their dough and sauce. However, I ate there without JD having any trouble. So I would assume it's OK.

Obviously, anytime you eat food that you haven't prepared, it's a gamble. Sometimes, I'm a little more daring (desperate!) than others! Good luck!