Lemon Meringue Tart

Lemon Meringue Tart

Lemon Meringue Tart

Lemon Meringue Tart is such a classic. Or at least lemon meringue pie is! In this recipe we are using our Gluten Free Tart Dough as a base to envelop citrusy lemon curd. It’s a little less sweet than your regular lemon curd as it needs to balance the sweet fluffy meringue.

Lemon Meringue Tart

Be sure to read the tips below the for success. It can be a bit tricky to make!

Lemon Meringue Tart

Lemon Meringue Tart

Servings 1 9 Inch Tart

Ingredients
  

  • 1 9 inch tart shell, made with Gluten Free Tart Dough fully baked
  • 4 large egg yolks at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2.5 large lemons juiced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons butter (optional)

For the Meringue

  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • cream of tartar just a pinch!

Instructions
 

  • To make the lemon curd, beat together the egg yolks and sugar, in a medium saucepan.
  • Pour in the lemon juice and zest.
  • Stir continually and place the saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • Continue stirring until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Strain mixture into a shallow pan and discard the zest.
  • Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  • Then, add butter if using, and whisk.
  • Next, place plastic wrap over the lemon curd, directly on the surface.
  • Cool to room temperature.

To Make the Meringue

  • Then to make the meringue, bring a medium pot of water to a simmer.
  • Place the egg whites and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk.
  • Set eggs over simmering water.
  • Whisk until the mixture thickens and reaches 160 F on a thermometer.
  • Then, place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment.
  • Add cream of tartar.
  • Whip on high speed until soft peaks form.

To Assemble:

  • To assemble, smooth the lemon curd into the tart evenly.
  • Swirl meringue decoratively over the tart, making sure to spread right to the edges.
  • Since this meringue has already been cooked, set it under the broiler for 2 minutes just to get a little colour.
  • Serve immediately.

Why is plastic wrap placed directly on top of the curd?

This is to prevent a skin from forming.

Why is the lemon curd kept warm and not refrigerated?

This helps the meringue to adhere to the filling better than placing it on a cold surface, as long as a a skin has not formed on the curd.

 Is cream of tartar gluten free?

Yes, it is! Cream of tartar is from tartaric acid. This is the sediment from wine making, so essentially it come from grapes. Then, this is mixed with potassium hydroxide.

One brand we would suggest is McCormick’s as they list everything on the label.

How can I tell when meringue reaches soft peaks?

When you pull the whisk attachment out, the meringue will pull back.  There should be a peak in the meringue that tips over slightly. It basically means that the egg whites are fluffy enough to hold their shapes.

What causes meringue to get watery ?

This can be caused in the preparation of the meringue. If eggs are overwhipped or contain too little sugar, weeping can be a direct result.

In the baking process meringues may weep if they  are “cooked” afterwards. However, the meringue in this recipe is more stable because it has been “precooked” and then placed under the broiler for mere moments.

However, meringue is prone to absorb moisture from the air. So, even though this is often served on summer days, it may be better to make another dessert on a humid or rainy day, such as Chocolate Crusted Lemon Tart, or Chocolate Strawberry Tart.

What kind of meringue is this?

This is a Swiss meringue.

Should the Lemon Meringue Tart be refrigerated?

Refrigeration can also cause meringue to weep, especially if it is warm when refrigerated. If you must refrigerate, keep the tart out for a couple hours before doing so.

Lemon Meringue Tart is never quite as good after it is refrigerated, so try to enjoy most of it while fresh from the oven. Invite friends over if you need to!

Lemon Meringue Tart

 

Chocolate Crusted Lemon Tart

Chocolate Crusted Lemon Tart

Chocolate Crusted Lemon Tart

Chocolate Crusted Lemon Tart is a hybrid dessert of citrusy lemon wrapped in a crisp cocoa crust. Here we’ve added a bit more sweetness to the lemon to offset the acidity of the crust.

The tart is a twist on the Classic French Lemon Tart. It is baked in the oven, unlike a Lemon Meringue Tart, where the curd is mixed on the stovetop.

You’ll need one recipe Chocolate Tart Dough rolled into a 9-inch tart shell. It will need to be only partially baked and cooled before you move on to making the lemon filling.

French Lemon Tarts require delicate baking, so the top does nor split open. But, even it does, that’s okay! Just decorate your tart with any fruit you like. No one will notice, and it will still taste divine!

The Chocolate Tart Dough crust holds up extremely well when using Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend. So, don’t be afraid to assemble your creation ahead of time.

Chocolate Crsuted Lemon Tart

Chocolate Crusted Lemon Tart

Servings 1 9-inch Tart

Ingredients
  

  • 3 lemons juiced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 3 eggs large
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter (optional) unsalted
  • 1 9-inch tart made from Chocolate Tart Dough, partially baked, and cooled
  • fresh fuit any kind you like, to decorate

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  • Fill one-third of a medium sized pot with water.
  • Bring the water to a simmer.
  • In a medium bowl add in the zest and juice.
  • Next, whisk in the eggs.
  • Add the sugar and butter (if using)
  • Place the bowl on top of the simmering water.
  • Whisk until the sugar and butter are melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • Remove from the heat, strain out and allow to cool.
  • Place the lemon filling inside the ChocolateTart.
  • Bake in the oven for about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Cool the tart completely.
  • Garnish with fresh fruit.

Tips for Making Chocolate Crusted Lemon Tart

Place the lemon tart on a baking sheet, before placing in the oven. This will ensure there will not be any spills in the oven!

Bake just until done! Give the pan a bit of a shake to check for doneness. The centre should wobble just a bit. It will firm up once it is removed from the oven and cools down.

Remove tart shell from the baking sheet, before placing it on a baking rack. This will help the tart cool down easier.

Which beverages can I serve with this dessert?

Great question! For a hot beverage try a variety of teas. We are partial to Lady Grey.

Why do we like this tea? 

Lady Grey is a variation of Earl Grey tea which is a trademark of the Twining Tea company.  While Earl Grey is a black tea flavoured with bergamot, an essential oil, it also contains the addition of both lemon and orange peel! So, it is rather perfect with this dessert.

What? No mention of wine?

Of course, we have a wine selection as well. And it is Canadian!

wine

Try Henry of Pelham Special Select Late Harvest Vidal VQA. 

This wine has a beautiful amber colour with the sweet fragrance of Niagara peaches and a note of citrusy lemons.

Chocolate Crusted Lemon Tart

Chocolate Tart Dough

Chocolate Tart Dough

Chocolate Tart Dough

Chocolate Tart Dough that is also gluten free ticks a lot of boxes!

In this recipe, we have added some delicious cocoa powder.

How you decide to fill and finish your chocolate tart is entirely up to you!

Learn how to roll out your gluten free dough in our article Gluten Free Tarts 101. Here you will also learn how to partially bake or fully prebake your tarts, depending on the recipe you want to create.

Chocolate Tart Dough

Chocolate Tart Dough

Servings 1 9 inch tart

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup plus two tablespoons unsalted butter soft
  • 6 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons 2 teaspoons orange zest, chopped fine chopped fine
  • 1 egg 1 egg large
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the butter, icing sugar, pure vanilla extract, and orange zest, until creamy.
  • Add the egg and mix until just incorporated.
  • Stop the mixer and add the cocoa powder.
  • Next, add Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend all at once.
  • Mix just enough to combine.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let rest in fridge until ready to roll out and use.

Which kind of cocoa powder should I use in this recipe?

We suggest Dutch process cocoa powder. Here is why…

If you have ever been lucky enough to visit a chocolate production facility, you will know that chocolate is very acidic.  Regular cocoa powder is too, with an pH level or between 5.3 to 5.8.  This is used in recipes with baking soda to help cut neutralize the acidity.

Chocolate Tart Dough

This recipe for Chocolate Tart Dough does not call for baking soda, so here you will need to use a cocoa powder that is already balanced. Dutch-process cocoa powder!

An alkai solution is used to soak cocoa beans in when making Dutch-process cocoa powder.  The name “Dutch” was chosen for the fact that it was created by a Dutch chemist in the 1800s.  This process results in a superior product with exceptional flavour.

What kind of tarts can I make with Chocolate Tart Dough?

So many options! So few days in a year!

You can fully prebake the dough and add the filling once cooled.

Some examples include:

Chocolate Cream Fruit Tarts
Chocolate Ganache Tarts
Lime Curd Tarts
Double Chocolate Meringue Tarts

And More!

OR

You can partially bake the tart. Then let it cool. Add filling that need to be baked. Next,  pop it in the oven!

Examples include:

Chocolate Pecan Tarts
Chocolate Custard Tarts

And so many other delectable varieties!

You can also vary the dough and make:

Classic Gluten Free Tart Dough
Almond Tart Dough
Walnut Tart Dough

Chocolate Tart Dough

Gluten Free Tart Dough

Gluten Free Tart Dough

Gluten Free Tart Dough is a recipe from local Ottawa pastry chef Elina Olefirenko.

We gifted her a bag of Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend. Then, for New Year’s Eve, she made some delicious lemon tarts for her Winter Wonderland backyard party.

This is the perfect tart dough anytime you need a dessert that it gluten free. It is also study enough to support any kind of filling.

Once baked the tarts hold up for hours. If of course, you don’t eat every last one by then!

For rolling and storaging the dough, take a look at Gluten Free Tarts 101.

Gluten Free Tart Dough

Gluten Free Tart Dough

Servings 1 -9 inch tart

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup plus two tablespoons unsalted butter soft
  • 6 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest chopped fine
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 cups Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend

Instructions
 

  • Set up an electric mixer with bowl and paddle attachment.
  • Mix together the butter, coconut sugar, pure vanilla extract and orange zest, until creamy.
  • Add the egg and mix until just incorporated.
  • Sprinkle in the salt.
  • Stop the mixer and add the Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend all at once.
  •  Mix just enough to combine.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic and let rest in the refrigerator, until ready to roll out and use.

What kind of tarts can I bake with this dough?

You can fully prebake the dough and add the filling once cooled.

Some examples include:

Vanilla Cream Fruit Tarts
Chocolate Cream Fruit Tarts
Chocolate Ganache Tarts
Lemon Curd Tarts
Orange Curd Tarts
Lime Curd Tarts
Lemon Meringue Tarts

And More!

OR

You can also partially bake the tart and then cool. Add fillinsg that need to be baked and pop in the oven.

Examples include:

French Lemon Tarts
Maple Syrup Tarts
Pecan Tarts
Vanilla Custard Tarts
Apple Custard Tarts

And more!

You can also vary the dough and make

Chocolate Tart Dough
Almond Tart Dough
Walnut Tart Dough

And more!

Stay tuned for  more recipes in the weeks ahead.

Enjoy baking the S.M.A.R.T way!

Gluten Free Tart Dough

 

Orange Olive Oil Cake

Tomato Gorgonzola Linguine

Orange Olive Oil Cake 

Orange Olive Oil Cake was inpsired by a kitchen experiment at the home of  local, Ottawa food photographer Suliman Chadirji. He works quite often with the chefs at Food Marketing Creative, creating stunning food images for clients.

Then, he goes home and imagines recreating everything he tastes at the shoots!

When our jovial owner Peter gave Suliman some Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend flour to bake with, he let the experiment begin!

Orange Olive Oil Cake

Orange Olive Oil Cake

Equipment

  • 9 inch cake pan
  • stainless steel bowls
  • electric stand mixer
  • OR electric hand held mixer
  • baking rack
  • 10 inch cake plate

Ingredients
  

  • cup Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs large
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoon orange juice  freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest, chopped fine chopped fine
  • 1 orange sliced into thin rounds, then cut in half

Instructions
 

  •  Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  •  In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  •  In a bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment, add the eggs and the sugar.
  • Whisk again, until the mix turns a light yellow.
  • Drizzle in the olive oil.
  • Add the vanilla, orange juice and zest.
  •  Turn to medium speed and mix until combined.
  • Replace the whisk attachment with a paddle.  
  • Add half of the flour and beat until just combined.  
  • Pour into a prepared 9-inch cake pan.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Set on a baking rack. Let the cake cool slightly.
  • Unmold the cake and place on a cake plate.
     
  • Decorate with fresh orange slices.

Tips and Tricks

Which kind of olive oil should I use when I bake Orange Olive Oil Cake?

The olive oil you choose for this cake is very important. It affects the taste of the entire cake. Look for one that is mild. And put it to the test!

Take a wine glass and add a small amount of mild olive oil. Swirl it around. Then inhale the aroma. Next give it a taste.

At Enjoy Peetz our preference is Olivo Real Late Harvest Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This Spanish olive oil has won top awards in Italy. Owner and friend Isidro, lives in Ottawa and imports the oil directly from his family’s estate in south Spain. The family has been growing olive trees for decades! Buy it through Isidro at Pepe’s Market.

Orange Olive Oil Cake

Homemade Linguine Marinara

Homemade Linguine Marinara

Homemade Linguine Marinara

Homemade Linguine Marinara is made with a wonderful tomato sauce. There is a great food debate in Italy ( yes, another one, we know!) about where Marinara sauce originated. Some say Naples. Others say Sicily.

What we can tell you though is that the Tomato family did not travel to Europe until the 15th Century. We have Christopher Columbus to thank and his voyage to the Americas.  He was looking for India, of course! Ah, how mistakes change the culinary world!

Homemade Linguine Marinara is always a treat. We have made this version using Peetz S.M.A.R.T Homemade Pasta. It’s full of whole and ancient grains. And it’s gluten free. Give it a swirl!

Linguine Marinara

Homemade Linguine Marinara

Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion diced small
  • 5 garlic cloves peeled, crushed and chopped
  • 1 / 19 ounce cans San Marzano tomatoes
  • salt  to taste
  • 1 recipe Peetz S.M.A.R.T Homemade Pasta or store bought

Instructions
 

  • Heat a large pan over medium high heat.
  • Add olive oil.
  • Add onion and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, while stirring.
  • Add tomatoes and simmer for about an hour.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add Peetz S.M.A.R.T Homemade Pasta. Cook for 1 -2 minutes.
  • Drain and reserve 1 cup of the pasta liquid.
  • Add the water to the sauce and turn the heat up. Stir until fully incorporated.
  • Taste and season the marinara sauce.
  • Place the Peetz S.M.A.R.T Homemade Pasta in with the marinara sauce.
  • Stir to combine and plate.

Chef Tips and Tricks

Our chefs work hard in our test kitchen to bring you the very best recipes.  Here are some answers to your question. And always feel free to ask more in the comments sections. We will answer!

What makes San Marzano tomatoes so special?

These tomatoes have a perfectly balanced flavour between sweet and acidic. That’s why it is often the preferred tomato for sauces.

What is the difference between a Roma tomato and a San Marzano tomato?

The flesh of the San Marzano is thicker than the Roma. It also contains fewer seeds and it is sweeter.

How much salt should I add to the pasta water?

That depends on what kind of salt you are using. Sorry to be so vague! You want your pasta water to taste like the sea. This will flavour the pasta and then later the sauce.

What does adding some of the pasta water to the sauce  do? 

The pasta water contain the salt and starch from the pasta. This will add flavour and help to thicken it.

Which kind of wine would you suggest with Homemade Linguine Marinara?

We think cabernet sauvignon has the perfect acidity levels to balance the acid of the tomatoes in this recipe. Palate pleasing. Cheers!

And what about dessert? 

We have something really authentic for you. In Italy olive oil is used in everything, even the desserts. Try this mouthwateringly,  delicious Lemon Olive Oil Cake.  Also made with Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend!

Where can I buy Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend?

We can a new online store where you can purchase it in 1 kilogram, 2 kilograms, 3 kilograms or 10 kilograms.  Shop now!

Homemade Linguine Marinara

Peetz S.M.A.R.T Homemade Pasta

Peetz S.M.A.R.T Homemade Pasta

Peetz S.M.A.R.T Homemade Pasta

Peetz S.M.A.R.T Homemade Pasta is made with Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend flour. This means it is high in fibre, made with ancient grains, and gluten free. S.M.A.R.T is made with sorghum, millet, arrowroot, brown rice flour  and tapioca flour.

Grab your pasta machine! Here we will walk you through each step to making perfect pasta. The S.M.A.R.T way!

Peetz S.M.A.R.T Homemade Pasta

Peetz S.M.A.R.T Homemade Pasta

Ingredients
  

  • 5 eggs large
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend, plus extra for the counter top
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin

Instructions
 

  •  Place flour in the centre of a clean worksurface. 
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour.
  • Break eggs into the well. Add olive oil.
  • Start beating the eggs, using a fork.   
  • Then, start to draw some of the flour inward, toward the egg mix.  
  • As it thickens, begin to mix with your hands.    
  • If the dough sticks to your hands, add a little more Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend
  • Place the dough aside.
  • Scrap up any excess dough, to clean your space.
  • Wash hands to prepare for the next stage. 
  • Set the pasta machine rollers to the widest settings.
  • Place half of the dough through the machine.
  • Fold the dough in half, top to bottom.
  • Set machine to the next lowest setting. Place through machine once.
  • Set to the next lowest setting again. Place through machine once.
  • Continue on until the pasta has been passed through the next to last setting.  
  • Repeat with the next piece of dough.
  • Then, machine cut noodles, or hand cut lasagna.
  • Separate noodles. Let dry for 15 minutes.
  •  If making into lasagna, do not allow to dry.
  • Proceed with the rest of the recipe of your choice, for making pasta, ravioli or lasagna dishes.

Chef Tips and Tricks

Which pasta shapes can I make with a standard pasta machine?

You can make any type of thin flat pasta. Think lasagne, fettuccini or linguine. For other shapes like spaghetti, penne or macaroni, you will need a different attachment and cutter.

What is the best way to make sure my pasta is cooked perfectly?

Great question! First make sure you cook the pasta in water that is well salted. It should taste like the Mediterranean sea.

Then, before you add the pasta, make sure the water is at a full rolling boil.  Large bubbles should be visible in the water.

Next, do not overcook the pasta! Fresh pasta only takes a couple of minutes to cook, even from frozen. Even a filled pasta, such as ravioli never exceeds 4 minutes of cooking time.

Save a cup of water for the pasta sauce! You will notice we do this in some upcoming recipes. This water helps add flavour from the salt added to the water.

Then, drain your pasta, but do not rinse. The starch on the pasta helps sauce to adhere to it.

Can I freeze Peetz S.M.A.R.T Homemade Pasta ?

Yes! One rainy afternoon, think about filling your freezer this way.  Place fresh pasta on a baking sheet.  Try to spread the noodles out a bit so the pasta does not clump together.

Next, place the baking sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes. Then, place the pasta into freezer bags. Press out all the air and freeze for later use.

Peetz S.M.A.R.T Homemade Pasta

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes also contain no added sugar. The natural sweetness in the bananas really shines through in this recipe.

We added a hint of cinnamon. It’s a banana bread in a pancake! With or without real Canadian maple syrup, the whole family will enjoy these pancakes.

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

Servings 4

Equipment

  • 2 medium stainless steel bowls
  • stainless steel whisk
  • 1 large stainless steel bowl
  • potato masher
  • wooden spoon
  • pancake griddle
  • stainless steel spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/3 cups Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 bananas ripe and medium in size
  • 6 eggs large
  • oil for the pan such as sunflower oil, canola oil or any cooking oil with subtle flavour

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and cinnamon.
  • In a large bowl mash the bananas with a fork or potato masher.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs.
  • Add the eggs to the mashed bananas. Whisk until smooth.
  • Pour the dry ingredients over the bananas.
  • Mix with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  • Heat a griddle over medium high heat.
  • Add cooking oil of your choice. Allow it to sizzle.
  • Drop Gluten Free Banana Pancake batter on the griddle using a 1/4 cup measuring cup.
  • Cook until bubbles appear on the top.
  • Flip with a stainless steel spatula.
  • Cook until light and fluffy.
  • Serve with real Canadian maple syrup, if desired

 

Chef Tips and Tricks

Why are these Gluten Free Banana Pancakes so light and fluffy? 

Thanks for asking! In order to keep these pancakes light, we have added extra baking powder and eggs. Peetz S.M.A.R.T blend is made with high fibre ingredients, that absorb a lot of moisture. The eggs help add more liquid and protein. The baking powder lifts the structure of the pancakes.

How do I make sure pancakes are cooked in the middle?

Heat the griddle or pan to medium-high heat and have the oil sizzling. Then, add the pancake batter. If the  heat is too high the pancakes will cook on the outside, before the inside.

Wait until the pancakes start to bubble , about 6 minutes. Then, flip and cook for another 2 minutes.

Keeping the pancakes all the same size, by dropping with a 1/4 cup measuring cup, ensure an even cooking time.

Is there something I can add to Gluten Free Banana Pancakes to change up the flavour?

Yes! We like whole pecans or walnuts, to add some bite and protein. One quarter cup to a half cup will do. Leave the nuts whole for best results.

You can also add some chocolate chips, instead of nuts, in equal amounts.

What is Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend made from?

S.M.A.R.T stands for Sorghum, Millet, Arrowroot, brown Rice and Tapioca.

Where can I buy it?

We now have an online store.

You can purchase Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend in 1 kilo, 2 kilo, 3 kilo or 10 kilo bags.

Shop now!

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

 

Apple Oatmeal Cinnamon Crisp

Oatmeal Apple Crisp

Apple Oatmeal Cinnamon Crisp

Apple Oatmeal Cinnamon Crisp is a homey style dessert. Apples bring back nostalgic memories.

Make this dessert when you need gluten free comfort food. Be sure to use gluten free oatmeal. And of course, our Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend. 

Best of all,  be prepared for your kitchen to be filled with the aroma of cinnamon.

Apple Oatmeal Crsip

Apple Oatmeal Crisp

Ingredients
  

  • 8 Granny Smith apples peeled and cut into medium chunks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 1/2 cups Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend
  • 1 cup large oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter cold and cut into cubes

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Place apples and pears in an 8 by 12- inch rectangular baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with granulated sugar, cinnamon and cardamon.
  • Add orange zest and orange juice. Mix with a spoon to combine. 
  • In a large bowl, add flour, oats, brown sugar, and butter.
  •  Mix with an electric mixer until butter is still visible, but in small pieces.
  • Cover fruit with oatmeal mix, evenly.
  • Bake for about 40-50 minutes or until golden brown.

What is the difference between a crisp and a crumble?

A crisp includes oatmeal and like its name bakes up crisp. A crumble does not include oats and has a more cakey topping that does not crisp up.

Can I use a different kind of apple in this recipe for Apple Oatmeal Cinnamon Crisp?

Yes! Try a Honey Crisp or a Golden Delicious. Or combine either with Granny Smith. You can even use a trio of all three!

Can I miss the apples with another kind of fruit?

Yes, you can! Try replacing half the apples with pears.

Or make with all apples, or half apples and half pears, and add 1/2 cup of dried raisins, cranberries, or cherries. Be sure to soak the dried fruit in 1/2 cups of warm water, for at least 30 minutes first. This way the fruit will absorb water. This plumps up the fruit, so it doesn’t absorb liquid from the dessert, as it is baking. When ready to use, simply add to the apple or apple/pear mix.

How can I make this recipe dairy free?

Try Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks. Instead of dairy it contains a blend of non-hydrogenated palm fruit, canola and olive oils.  This also makes the recipe vegan!

How are gluten free oats produced?

According to the The Canadian Celiac Association website, producers use a guideline called Purity Protocol. This is used to prevent contamination of wheat and other gluten containing grains.

One example of this includes farmers eliminating these grains from their crops, for between 2-4 years. Then, the land is dedicated to the growing of oats.  Others may be using separate equipment for seeding, harvesting, storage, transportation and milling.

Shop for gluten free Canadian oats. The Canadian Celiac Association supports Health Canada’s decision to allow gluten free claims for specially produced gluten free oats.

For perfect gluten free baking try our Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend.

You may also enjoy this recipe for Lemon Olive Oil Cake.

 

Apple Oatmeal Cinnamon Crisp

 

 

 

 

Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchii

Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchi was an idea built upon our original Handmade Potato Gnocchi.  Oven roasted butternut squash is added into the potatoes, for both colour and flavour, in this recipe.

This gnocchi is not only a feast for the eyes, it taste delicious too! Stock your pantry with Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend!

Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Russet potatoes, skinon medium, skin on
  • 1 ½ cup Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend plus more for the counter top
  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
  • 1 butternut squash large
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 eggs large, Omega-3

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Add the potatoes to a pot filled with cold water.
  • Bring to a boil and then simmer for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • To see when potatoes are cooked, test with a skewer or fork. It should be tender
  • . Drain potatoes and leave to cool.
  • Meanwhile, cut the squash in half and remove the seeds.
  • Place the squash in a roasting pan.
  • Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Roast the squash in the oven for 30-40 minutes, until tender.
  • Remove the squash from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Next, scoop the squash out of the skin and place in a blender.
  • Sprinkle with fresh nutmeg. Pulse until pureed. Set aside.
  • Peel the potatoes. Throw away the skins.
  • Place potatoes in a large bowl and mash well.
  • Press through a potato ricer to remove lumps.
  • Add the squash puree into the potatoes ¼ cup add a time to add colour.
  • In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs and the salt.
  • Sprinkle in Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend.
  • Add potato and squash mixture.Mix until a dough forms.
  • Divide the dough into three equal rounds.
  • Roll each round into a series of ropes about 1 inch wide.
  • Cut each rope into 1-inch pieces to make gnocchi.
  • Dust a fork with a bit of Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend.
  • Press fork gently on each side on the gnocchi to mark.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Add the gnocchi and cook 3-4 minutes.
  • Strain before serving with your favourite sauce.

Cooking Tips and Tricks for Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchi

Why does this recipe ask specifically for Omega-3 eggs?

Omega-3 eggs have a rich orange yolk. This helps to incorporate more of the colour we are looking for in the butternut squash  gnocchi.

Why do so many gnocchi recipes call for Russet potatoes?

A Russet potato is light and fluffy inside. It doesn’t hold as much water as other varieties of potatoes. Therefore, this makes  the Russet potato perfect for gnocchi dough.

How do I fix gnocchi, if the dough is too soft?

Simple! Just sprinkle in a little more Peetz S.M.A.R.T Blend, until you achieve the texture you want.

Which kind of wine can I serve with this for dinner?

We like the idea of a nice Pinot Noir!

Can I freeze this gnocchi?

Yes, you can. Once the gnocchi dough is made and shaped, place it in one layer on a baking sheet.  Next, freeze it the freezer. Then, once solid, place the gnocchi in Ziplock freezer bags. The gnocchi remains frozen, without being lumped and frozen together, by using this method.

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Handmade Butternut Squash Gnocchi