Apricot-Cherry Tart

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Difficulty: easy


1/3 cups cherries, dried, coarsely chopped
water, boiling
cooking spray
2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 cans apricot halves in light syrup, 15 ounces each, drained and chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, crystallized, finely chopped
2 teaspoon orange peel, finely shredded
2 tablespoon orange juice
1 medium apple , cored and coarsely chopped
1 1/3 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/3 cup shortening
5 tablespoon water, divided
1 tablespoon sugar


Apricot-Cherry Filling:

Place dried cherries in a small bowl. Add enough boiling water to cover. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes; drain and set aside. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375F. Prepare Spiced Wheat Pastry. Divide pastry into 8 portions. Lightly coat eight 4x2-inch rectangular or 4-inch round tart pans with removable bottoms with nonstick cooking spray. Press dough into bottoms and fluted sides of prepared tart pans.

For filling, in a large bowl, stir together sugar and cornstarch. Add the apricots, drained cherries, crystallized ginger, orange peel, and orange juice. Gently toss until coated.

Divide chopped apple evenly among pastry shells. Spoon filling evenly over apples, spreading to cover apples. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until filling is bubbly across the surface. If necessary to prevent overbrowning, cover loosely with foil for the last 10 minutes of baking. Serve warm or cooled to room temperature.

Spiced Wheat Pastry:

In a medium bowl, stir together 1 1/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger. Using a pastry blender, cut in 1/3 cup shortening until pieces are peasize. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cold water over part of the flour mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Repeat moistening flour mixture, using 1 tablespoon cold water at a time, until all of the flour mixture is moistened (4 to 5 tablespoons cold water total). Form dough into a ball.

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