Saturday, 25 January 2014 - , , , , , , , 1 comments

SIMPLE START : Apple Tarts

If you're anything like me, you may find that you often fancy something sweet after a meal or with a cup of tea.
I love the fact that SIMPLE START helps me to balance the ratio of healthy foods versus treats I have on a daily basis, but this doesn't stop me pushing it to its limits!

So…if you've tried my fabulous SIMPLE START pizza using crushed up crumpets for the base, I think you'll love these!
I've used a similar principle but sweetened up my base mixture by adding some vanilla extract and sweetener. Then I've topped the base with thinly sliced apple, cinnamon and a few loose cinnamon flavoured crumpet crumbs for a yummy crunchy texture, resulting in a pretty wonderful little apple tart.


As the whole ethos behind SIMPLE START is a straightforward approach without the distraction of weighing, measuring or counting, my SIMPLE START recipes have portion guidelines but very little actual measurements unless really necessary.


For the base;

olive oil (from your daily allowance)
 0% fat yoghurt/Quark
vanilla extract

Portion guideline- 2 crumpets, 2 rough tablespoons yoghurt, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon sweetener, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract makes 4 individual apple tart bases


For the topping;

olive oil/Frylight oil

Portion guideline- 1 crumpet, 2 apples, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon sweetener, 1 teaspoon olive oil is enough for 4 individual apple tarts


Start by tearing the crumpets in half. Pop them in a food processor and blitz until you have chunky breadcrumbs. Add some yoghurt/quark, egg, sweetener, vanilla extract and cinnamon to taste. Measure the olive oil as this comes out of your daily allowance.

Blitz again until you have a very thick paste. It's not a dough texture as it's quite a wet mixture, so don't attempt to knead it!

 Line a baking tray with baking parchment (the white one if you can get it as it can stick to regular baking paper). Spray the paper with a little Frylight oil then spread the mixture into the shape you want using a knife until it's about 1 cm thick or slightly thinner.
I made mine rectangular but small circles would work well too.
Bake for 10-15 minutes at 200C/400F/Gas6 until crisp and golden.

While the bases are baking, core and slice the apples really thinly.
Make some crumpet breadcrumbs by blitzing in a food processor. Add cinnamon and olive oil taken from your daily allowance.

When the bases are cooked on the top, remove from the oven and flip them over. Arrange the thin slices of apple on the uncooked side. Sprinkle the edges with the cinnamon breadcrumbs. Bake for a further 10-15 minutes until the apple is baked and the base is lovely and golden with crispy breadcrumbs.

Sprinkle with some granular sweetener and serve warm. These are lovely with a dollop of natural yoghurt or banana 'ice cream'.
(Click HERE for recipe)


Simply Amazing!



Ring the changes by using fresh pears, apricots, peaches, nectarines etc. 

Try baking the bases then top with yoghurt and fresh or tinned fruit
(in natural juice but drained).



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