CHERRY CHIA PUFF PASTRY POP TARTS

Flaky, airy, gooey, sweet—these puff pastry  tarts are wonderful for breakfast, parties, dessert, or any time of day. Nutrient- rich chia seeds help thicken the filling in a low-calorie and sustainable way, and cherry trees can have real benefits on our air quality: in addition to trees helping purify our air, a single cherry tree can also perfume the air with over 200,000 flowers

Makes: 8
Prep and cooking time: 45 minutes

 Ingredients:

 2 (10x15-inches) sheets vegan puff pastry
2 C frozen cherries
1 C sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ C chia seeds
2 Tbsp almond milk
1 C powdered sugar

Method:

Defrost the puff pastry sheets according to package directions on the counter in advance.=

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Place the cherries, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and vanilla in a small pot—setting two of the cherries aside. (You’ll use them for the frosting and want them a little softer then.) Stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, mashing the cherries as they cook. Stir in the chia seeds and cook to thicken, another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for several minutes.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the puff pastry into 16 rectangles (into quarters lengthwise and then in half widthwise) and then gently transfer 8 of them to the parchment-lined baking sheet. These will be the bottoms of the tarts. (You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of the baking sheet.)

Spoon about 1 Tbsp of the filling onto the center of each of the 8 pastry rectangles. Spread it around, leaving a border of about ½ of an inch around each the edge. Top each with a matching rectangle and then press around the edges with a fork to seal. Pierce three holes in the top of each pastry with the tip of a sharp knife.  Brush lightly with almond milk and place in the hot oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

To make the frosting: combine the powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp almond milk in a small bowl. Stir until smooth. Take those two cherries you set aside earlier and squeeze their juice into this mixture. Stir to combine. 

Drizzle the frosting over the pastries while they are still warm.

Tip: Want to save some time? Though not quite as good as making it yourself, you can use store bought jam of any flavor you’d like as the filling.

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