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SRC: 84th & 3rd’s Spiced Saskatoon Berry Tart with Cornmeal Almond Crust

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It’s days like today that I am glad we are a two computer family. (Two people are a family, right?) My laptop decided that it’s going to freeze all the time, so it’s at the shop for a little TLC. Cue Mr. Bean’s laptop – without it this post would have been written on my phone and then be known as the shortest SRC post ever with like one horrible phone photo (boo!). However, it still means that I don’t have my usual photo processing programs available – who knew one could get so attached to taking photos in RAW – so here are my attempts at using the jpg files my camera makes. Fun times!

For July’s Secret Recipe Club, I was paired up with JJ of 84th & 3rd. JJ lives in Australia and she also makes lots of vegan as well as gluten and dairy free recipes. (My kind of girl!) She also takes gorgeous photos, which makes it very difficult to choose what to make! Some recipes that caught my eye are her Raw Banana Cream Pie with a Raw Macadamia and Salted Caramel Crust, her Crackling Almond and Coconut Cookies, her Almond Pie Crust (Naturally Gluten Free!), and this delicious and easy looking Muesli!

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I ended up choosing a variation of her Spiced Cherry Pie – but instead of cherries, I used Saskatoon Berries. I also used her Almond and Cornmeal Pie Crust as the shell as I love almond flour crusts and thought the idea of using cornmeal with it was interesting. I used blanched almond meal in the crust instead of the unblanched meal that JJ recommended as that’s what I had on hand. I’m used to quite a dense almond flour crust (ala Elana’s Almond Flour Cookbook), so having the crust be so light was unexpected – but that’s what eggs and coconut oil do. I might try it again but instead leave out the egg. It means one would have to probably bake it a bit more before filling, but that’s not a big deal.

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Spiced Saskatoon Berry Tart
Based on this Spiced Cherry Pie

2 – 300g packages frozen Saskatoon berries (I didn’t thaw mine, but I think that the cooking time would be less if you did)
1 tbsp. Brandy (or other alcohol)
2 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. honey
1/4 c. cranberry juice

1 tsp. cinnamon1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. each of cardamom and cloves
1 tbsp. cornstarch
Pinch of Salt

1 pie crust

  1. Place the berries in a medium sized bowl. Add all the liquid ingredients and stir to combine.
  2. Mix together the dry ingredients before adding to the berries. Stir until combined. Set aside to marinade.
  3. Make & pre-bake your Almond and Cornmeal Pie Crust I made mine in a 9″ tart pan, but you could use multiple smaller ones as well. If you’re using a tart pan with a removable bottom, make sure you put it on another pan.
  4. Pour all the berries into the crust and bake in a 350F oven for 30 – 45 minutes (depending on whether your berries were frozen or not) or until the liquid is bubbling, looks thicker and is no longer opaque.
  5. Remove from oven and cool completely before serving.
  6. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream or plain!
  7. Enjoy!

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Check out the rest of Group D’s recipes below!

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Canada Day Cook Out

Happy Belated Canada Day to you Canadians and Happy Fourth of July for all of you Americans! I hope that you enjoyed/will enjoy your respective holiday with friends, family and food! I know I did!

Mr. Bean and I were lucky enough to spend most of our long weekend out at my family’s cabin. We enjoyed good company, great food and excellent weather. The only thing that was too bad that the river was too high and dirty to go swimming in.

Recently, my parents added a “social fire pit,” and Mr. Bean has definitely enjoyed it – his favourite things lately are chopping wood, making fire, cooking food on the fire and drinking beer by the fire. Lucky for us, he was able to do this practically the whole weekend!

We decided to make ourselves a fancier dinner over the fire for Canada Day. On the menu – steak (for Mr. Bean) and chicken (for me) cooked over the fire in Mr. Bean’s grilling basket, cornbread muffins (made in the oven), salad and asparagus. If you don’t have a fire or don’t feel like using your oven, you can easily make the meat and the cornbread in your BBQ.

For dessert, we finished it off with s’mores (complete with gluten-free graham-like crackers!), which I forgot to take photos of. Probably for the better as my camera would be a sticky mess!

I hope this shows that a beautiful and delicious meal doesn’t have to be difficult and provides some inspiration for you 4th of July procrastinators or anyone desirous of a wonderful, easy summer meal. Enjoy!

What did you do this year for Canada Day or for the 4th of July?

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