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Friday, September 13, 2013

Greek Yogurt Lemon Tart with Rosemary Almond Crust



SWEET
TART
CLEAN
REFRESHING
GLUTEN FREE


sweet tart lemony citrus desserts are so refreshing especially this lovely tart with it's little rosemary kick.
i seem to forget about lemon desserts.  they get pushed aside for the dark chocolate, the savory peanut butter and the gooey caramel goodies.  i often post about bacon, chocolate, pig ears, pork belly and various decadent sweets and savories, but i bet you'd never guess... i actually DO eat a lot of yogurt, egg whites, grilled fish, steamed vegetables, aloe vera, kombucha, blah blah blah...
i call it my "yin and yang theory".
a little good and a little bad keeps everything in balance.

but...about this recipe...
i'd say it weighs in on the "good for you" side.  i found the original lemon rosemary tart on pinterest at Good Things Grow and pinned it to my "must-try" board.  i finally got around to it, but wanted to make a gluten free crust.  i am not gluten free, but i love to experiment and i have a few gluten free friends.
the original almond crust comes to you from Flourishing Foodie.  i love the almond flour crust idea so i just added the fresh dried rosemary...delicious.  the crust was crisp out of the oven and would be perfect served the day of, but alas...i needed to shoot the tart the next day so i stuck the finished product into the fridge.  the crust lost it's crunch, but was still a winner.  i would compare it to a cheesecake style crust.  it holds up and slices well, but got a little moist after refrigeration.  solution?...i added some crispy lightly toasted almond slivers to the servings and "voila"...the crunch was back in the mix..


Rosemary Almond Crust
Gluten Free
almond flour crust original found at Flourishing Foodie

2 cups almond flour
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
pinch of sea salt
1 1/2 tsp fresh oven dried rosemary
1/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1 egg white
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste

preheat oven to 400F.  lightly butter a 9 inch tart shell.  i used a silicon pastry brush.

in a food processor add almond flour, sugar, salt, rosemary, butter, vanilla bean paste and egg white.  pulse until all ingredients are combined and start to stick together, resembling coarse meal...do not over blend...it will get mushy and ball up.

put mixture into tart shell and press out with your hands and form up the sides of the shell.  create an even layer.  i used a flat glass to lightly tamp  it down.  it will seem quite thin, but will cook to a nice crust as shown.

bake on middle rack for 15-20 minutes, or until it is light brown.  remove from oven and cool completely.


GREEK YOGURT LEMON VANILLA BEAN CUSTARD FILLING
original found at Good Things Grow

1 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 to 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste

preheat oven to 350F
place yogurt, vanilla bean paste and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined.  whisk in the egg, one at a time, then add the lemon juice and zest.  whisk until completely smooth.

pour into prepared tart crust.  i poured as much as i could and only had 1-2 Tbsp left over.
BAKE at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until the center is set and only slightly jiggles.  mine was in for 28 minutes and i could have pulled it at 26 minutes.  as you see i had a few cracks, but it was not over cooked.

allow to cool completely.  stick it in the fridge for just a slight chill and a complete "set"...i refrigerated mine over night and the crust got a little moist.  it resembled a graham cracker crust, but still delicious.  i think it would be best to slightly chill and serve the day of.  this tart served very well.  it might be a bit more crumbly (not a bad thing), yet...crunchy and crisp if served the day of.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Espresso Pudding Coffee Jelly Surprise


SURPRISE...!?

IT'S ONLY 75 CALORIES
it's fat free
IT'S FULL O' PROTEIN
with a caffeine kick in the pants.



fabulous PROTEIN-PICK-ME-UP...

much more fun than an energy drink or a calorie/carb filled protein bar.
a pretty little guilt free dessert or a satisfying late night sweet snack attack.


ESPRESSO PUDDING COFFEE JELLY SURPRISE

COFFEE JELLY...jello

3/4 cup cold coffee
1 cup hot  coffee
2 packet plain gelatin
sweeten or flavor coffee to your liking
NOTE...these measurements (1 3/4 cups liquid) make a wiggly jello texture, but DOES cut into cubes.  if you want it just a bit more firm, cut the liquid to 1 1/2 cups total.

ESPRESSO GREEK YOGURT PROTEIN PUDDING

2 cups plain greek yogurt, i use Fage
1 small box sugar/fat free Jello Pudding mix(4 serving size)
1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
2 big shots of espresso(4 oz), cooled
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon, optional
approx. 1/2 tsp espresso powder.
the espresso powder is optional, but i wanted a stronger espresso flavor.
1/2 cup vanilla protein shake...or milk of choice
put the shake in last as needed to thin to your desired consistency... sometimes i use about 1/4 cup shake.
put the dry ingredients in a small bowl and combine, set aside.  put the yogurt and espresso in a stand mixer and combine on slow then medium.  i used the whisk attachment.  slowly add the dry ingredients.  as noted, add a little protein shake or milk of choice if it seems too thick...don't forget IT WILL THICKEN MORE in the fridge.  TASTE TEST...does it need more espresso flavor...more sweetener? a splash of vanilla?  a sprinkle of cinnamon?

layer the jello cubes and yogurt mixture into cups of choice.  chill in fridge for a few hours.  serve with whipped topping and a few chocolate covered espresso beans.

if you have an Asian market near you, you can save the trouble and buy the "Coffee Jelly" (shown above).  i was unaware that this box was about 9 DOLLARS...my bad...but it was good and i wanted to see what texture and density was in the authentic Japanese style "jelly".  this is what i used in the photos, but i tested out the recipe i have given here on the second batch.

approx. NUTRITION...6 servings
(without whipped cream)
note...coffee should be ZERO calories
75 calories
11 grams protein
7.4 gram carbs
3.1 gram sugar

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