These gluten free tarts would be the perfect treat for a gluten free Mother’s Day! The pastry is based on our conversion of my grandmother’s recipe for Danish pastries. Flaky and versatile, the dough can be used for everything from tarts and galettes to turnovers and danishes. Give it a try… Here it is shaped into tart shells and filled with layers of cream cheese and apple pie filling, but these little tarts would be fantastic filled with cherry, blueberry, or lemon – whatever you can imagine. And these are even better the second day.
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This recipe came about through desperation. Geoff and I were recently on a vacation to one of those holiday destinations where bakeries and treats abound, but, as usual, there was next to nothing that was gluten free. Sure we could go to the grocery store and buy prepackaged gluten free cookies, but it’s just not the same as biting into something sweet and crispy and oh-so-dreamy from the bakery case! Other than that, though, our vacation was great (read: warm and without snow). It also turned out to be inspiring because when we got home we decided to create a recipe that would look and taste as good as all those confections on display. I think we nailed it! These cream cheese pastries are crisp and flaky on the outside and soft and creamy and sweet in the middle. Geoff says they are better than anything he’s had in a longgg time! And they are versatile: make them with your favorite fruit pie filling – cheery, apple, blueberry … whatever you can imagine. Drizzle them with glaze or melted chocolate, dust them with icing sugar, or just leave them plain, which is the way we like ’em. (Scroll down for the recipe.)
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I think mincemeat tarts are my absolute favorite Christmas treat. They are another long time Christmas tradition in my family. My mom used to make dozens and dozens of these little sweet treats when my sisters, brother and I were little. Of course, they were off limits for us kids but we would still sneak a few now and then from where they were hidden in the bottom of the deep freeze (and by ‘now and then’ I mean ‘daily’). To this day I think I like them best when they are frozen solid!
Anyway, after Geoff was diagnosed with celiac disease, we went went without these for a Christmas or two. Then mom developed her awesome gluten free pastry recipe and since then has made us a batch every year. Thanks mom! I honestly cannot tell the difference between these and the old glutenous version.
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If you miss those soft, melt-in-your-mouth whipped butter cookies, this is the recipe for you. It is another Danish recipe that’s been in my family for generations (for others see here and here). My grandmother, or Bedstemor, used to make these (both regular and a chocolate-almond variety) and I’m sure my great grandmother made them as well. However, it was my mom who took them to new heights. Her Danish shortbread is always airy, sweet perfection! When my brother and sisters and I were little, these cookies were in high demand. Mom used to make hundreds, perhaps thousands of these for school concerts, community events, and gifts, and now here is the recipe converted to gluten free! (Scroll down or click on ‘more’ for the recipe.This recipe was first converted by Rural Route Lupiac. See her original post here.
These cookies are light and sugary with a texture that’s crispy at first and then dissolves into melt-in-your-mouth buttery goodness. And did I mention that they have the awesome added bonus of tasting like key lime pie – one of our flavour favorites. The trick is the melted candy centres and although we like lime, you could also try it with cherry, orange, pineapple, or lemon. (Scroll down for the recipe.)
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The coconut flour in this recipe gives this crust a wonderful tropical flavour and the texture of a medium-hard cookie more than a classic pie crust. Its hint of coconut pairs wonderfully with coconut, vanilla, or banana custard to make an out-of-this-world cream pie that everyone will love.
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