Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Mixed Berry~Fruit Tart

This recipe makes two tarts. Go ahead and make two, they will vanish in no time! Use whatever fresh berries you would like. Be artistic with the arrangement of the fruit.

Almond tart crust:
1 1/2  sticks butter

2/3 cup powdered sugar

1 large egg

1/2-teaspoon vanilla

2 and 1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup almond meal
 (In a food processor grind 1/2 cup sliced almonds with 1-tablespoon powdered sugar)

Pinch of salt

In the bowl of an electric mixer combine butter, sugar, salt and vanilla until well blended. Mix in the flour and almond meal just until it is mixed. Do not over mix. Wrap in plastic and chill over night. Divide the dough in half and roll each out on a well-floured surface to desired size. Spray two tart pans with non-stick spray and place the dough in the pans. Prick the bottom. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 25 minutes until golden brown. Cool on a rack.

Cream Filling:
2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger (4 oz)

Blend cream cheese and granulated sugar in a food processor until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth. Add ginger and pulse until finely chopped and mixture is combined well.

To assemble:
1-pint raspberries

1-pint blueberries

1-pint blackberries

1-pint strawberries

Feel free to use any fruit and/or berry combo that you like

Kiwi slices are especially pretty!
1-cup red current jelly
Spread 1/2 of the cream filling into each pre-baked tart shell. Cover artfully with berries and or fruit. When ready to serve melt the jelly over medium heat. Using a pastry brush carefully brush over fruit. Serve immediately.

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