For perfect results, do not spread too much jam on the base as it oozes out and burns the pastry. The light spelt flour is everything you would expect; it produces the moist delicate light pastries that just melts in the mouth!
Spelt flour is an ancient grain which has been cultivated for centuries. It is a good alternative for people who cannot tolerate wheat but it does contain gluten.
Makes: Approximately 24
Ingredients:For the Pastry
110g unsalted butter
110g cream cheese
200g Marriage light spelt plain flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
For the Filling
50g light brown sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
1 apple – peeled and cored
75g pitted dried dates
1 tablespoons ground cinnamon
100g ground almonds
2 tablespoons Marriage light spelt plain flour
3 tablespoons apricot jam
2 egg yolks – to glaze pastry
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon mixed with 2 tablespoons sugar
Method1. To make the pastry, combine all the ingredients together in a food processor. Add extra flour if the mixture seems too wet.
2. Remove from the food processor, cover with cling film and refrigerate for 1 hour.
3. For the filling, place the sugar, zest, apple, dates, cinnamon, ground almonds and Marriage light spelt flour into the magimix.
4. Pulse gently until it forms a paste.
5. Divide the pastry into 2. Roll out each ball between two pieces of cling film.
6. Add a little extra flour. Roll into a circle about 22cm round and ½ cm /¼ inch thick. I used a plate as a template.
7. Using a knife, cut the circle into 8 triangle wedges. ( Like cutting a pizza).
8. Spread a thin layer of apricot jam on the pastry. Place about a teaspoon of filling mixture on each triangle.
9. Roll up each triangle starting with the wider curved end. Curve the rolls slightly and place them on a lined baking tray.
10. Pre-heat the oven to 350F/ 180 C/ Gas mark 5.
11. Glaze with egg yolk. Sprinkle over the cinnamon sugar.
12. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.