If the word “Crostata” or “Crostatine” doesn’t mean anything to you, it’s time for you to meet these delicious Italian gluten free jam tarts, for which I created a super healthy recipe that’s free from wheat, dairy and refined sugar!
While I do love these treats any day of the year, these gluten free jam tarts are especially perfect for Valentine’s Day and you can bake them to surprise your loved ones with some beautiful, lovely Italian desserts.
And right because you love them, you can make sure you aren’t feeding your partner with some unhealthy, sugary treats…. and opt for a healthy dessert that’s delicious nonetheless!
Now, back to the roots of this treat. Crostata is one of my favorite Italian treats which consists of a “pastrafrolla” (shortbread) crust, topped with fruit jam (or fresh fruit) and covered with a net of intertwined pastry dough. These crostatine pastries are a smaller and gluten free version of the original pie (every time you add the ending – ina/ine to an Italian word it indicates a smaller version of the original).
These Italian gluten free jam tarts have a cute look and irresistible flavor, and they make for a great healthy Valentines Day recipe that will leave your loved ones speechless!
And if you need more free-from Valentine’s inspiration, check out my heart shaped Paleo Orange Cake and my Paleo Valentine’s Cookies that are also compliant to the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) guidelines.
Italian Gluten Free Jam Tarts (Dairy & Sugar Free)
- For the Gluten Free Shortbread:
- 90 gr Rice Flour
- 60 gr Rice Starch (if you can’t find it, replace with Organic Corn Starch or Arrowroot)
- 2 Yolks
- 30 gr Acacia Honey
- 30 gr Coconut Oil (melted)
- 30 gr Orange Juice (freshly squeezed)
For the Filling:
- 50 gr Sugar Free Fig Jam (I used my homemade jam, but you can buy this really great sugar free Italian jam I really like)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add in all wet ingredients and mix well.
- Knead the dough by hand until elastic and smooth.
- Using a rolling pin, roll down the dough on a wooden board until 1/4 of an inch thick.
- Using a heart shaped pastry mold, cut out heart shaped pieces of dough to fill each mold.
- Fill each crostatina with 1 tbsp of sugar free fig jam and decorate the top with some remaining stripes of dough.
- Bake your gluten free jam tarts for 25 minutes and let them cool down before serving.
I hope you enjoyed the recipe for these Italian Gluten Free Jam Tarts, and don’t forget to add a sweet card to it. They will be the most thoughtful gift your loves have ever received!
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Happy Love Day! …or like we say in Italy: Buon San Valentino! Ambra