You can’t go wrong combining blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries that I used in my Cast Iron Berry Tart — filled with antioxidants and good-for-you juices. This berry tart is my favorite summer dessert so far – and I’ve made a few!
Cast Iron Berry Tart with Hemp Wheat Pastry
Do you love baking desserts in cast iron? I sure do. I also love the way the desserts look once they are baked. If taking to a summer picnic, be sure to leave this berry tart in the skillet – you’ll for sure have everyone drooling over it.
Lots of juices oozing out of this dessert – hope you like that!
I do like using Bob’s Red Mill ingredients. You’ll see a lot of BRM’s products throughout my recipes on my blog. BRM is available everywhere I shop and using better-for-you ingredients in their products. This is the first time I’ve baked with hemp seeds. Hemp seeds have a nutty flavor, and when they are toasted, it’s even a better nutty flavor. Sadly, you can’t taste it in the pastry, but by using hemp seed, I was able to cut down on the flour I used – which is a win-win.
Homemade Cast Iron Berry Tart
I have to confess. I used frozen mixed berries in this recipe. Though my berry tart turned out very delicious, it came out too juicy. I did drain the frozen berries as much as I could, but the juices still poured out in the tart. Fresh berries are the way to go for making this cast iron berry tart, and that’s what I put in the recipe. You can tell from the photo below that my berry tart was too juicy – and I added too many berries. Please go by the recipe.
And, if not, I used a whole bag of frozen mixed berries (48oz).
The below photo is the berry tart ready to go into the oven.
You can make this berry tart with apples, cherries, or peaches. Oh, I think I’ll try it next time using peaches.
Cast Iron Berry Tart with Toasted Hemp & Wheat Homemade Pastry
- 1/3 cup hemp seed hearts such as Bob's Red Mill
- 1-1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill Unbleached White All-purpose Flour
- 1 tbsp Xylitol sugar
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup cold unsalted Kerrygold grass-fed butter, cut into 8 pieces (1 stick)
- 3 tbsp ice water add 1 more tbsp if needed
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cups mixed berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries)
- 3/4 cup raw sugar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp fresh water
- 1 tbsp turbinado sugar for garnish or any large granules
Toast the hemp seed hearts - Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spread hemp out on baking sheet and toast for 15 mins on the bottom rack. Stir around once. Cool completely.
To make the Pastry Dough:
Add hemp seed hearts, flour, raw sugar, and salt in a blender and pulse to combine.
Add the cold butter pieces and pulse until crumbly.
Add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, and the vanilla extract, and process until dough forms a ball around blade. Don't overprocess.
Remove the dough and wrap in parchment paper and chill for 30 mins.
Place the berries in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon until blended.
Add the sugar mixture to the berries and stir gently.
Prepare the Berry Tart for Baking
Place a rack on the second slot from the top; Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Turn the pastry dough out on a floured surface and roll the dough into a 16-in circle using a floured rolling pin.
Folded dough in half.
Gently transfer the dough into the 10-in cast iron skillet, then gently unfold, fitting it into the bottom of the skillet, allowing excess pastry to hang over the edge of skillet. Doesn't have to be perfect.
Spoon in the berry mixture with most of it in the middle.
Fold over the edges of the pastry dough up around the berry filling, overlapping when necessary so the juices won't escape.
Now, whisk together the egg and water. Brush on top of the pastry.
Sprinkle pastry with the turbinado sugar.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes. The pastry should be golden brown and the fruit hot and bubbly
Let cool for 1 hour to set the juices and serve warm.
I hope you enjoy the antioxidant-filled dessert. My family sure has. And, if you bake as much as I do, you might want to check out these super cute aprons and hand mittens (affiliate link) from Flirty Aprons. They are always having a sale going on.
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