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About this recipe: Instead of making traditional pastry and rolling it out to top a pie dish, this rich almond shortcrust is simply patted out or rolled directly on a baking sheet, to be cut into portions after baking and served with delicious poached fruit. This way you get to enjoy more fruit than can fit into a typical pie dish.
Many other seasonal fruit can be given a similar treatment. Apples and blackberries are a traditional partnership. * Use a compote of 340 g (12 oz) mixed dried fruit poached in apple or orange juice with chopped stem ginger; replace the almond extract in the pastry with 1 tsp ground ginger. * Instead of making a pastry circle and marking it into wedges, press the pastry out into a square shape and mark into oblongs or triangles, or cut out small discs.
Blueberries, like all berries, are rich in vitamin C. They also provide beta-carotene. Both vitamin C and beta-carotene are very valuable antioxidants. They work together to fight harmful free radicals. * When ripe, pears are deliciously sweet and full of natural sugars, so they can be used to add sweetness to desserts without adding refined sugar.
E * A, B1, B12, C