Prune Tart

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Recipe for Diabetic Friendly Prune Tart. Prunes are one of our most misunderstood fruits. Change your view of them with this cooking light dessert tart.


  • Pastry:
  • 4 tablespoons 30% fat-reduced margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2-4 tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • Filling:
  • 1-1/2 pounds pitted prunes
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • Meringue Topping:
  • 3 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped almonds


  1. Lightly grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan with removable bottom.
  2. To make pastry, cut the margarine into the flour until it looks like coarse meal. Add the egg, lemon rind and enough apple juice concentrate to hold the mixture together. Pat the dough into the tart pan. Press the dough up long the sides to form a rim about 1-1/2-inches tall. Set aside.
  3. To make the filling, place the prunes in a saucepan with enough water to cover and cook until soft. Drain well and chop fine. Add the lemon zest and juice. Allow the mixture to cool. Spoon into the unBaked pastry crust.
  4. To make meringue topping, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and salt; continue beating until stiff, but not dry. Fold in the applesauce and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Spread on top of the prune mixture. Sprinkle the almonds and remaining cinnamon over top. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the meringue is lightly browned. Cool the tart in its pan on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  5. Exchanges: 1 Bread 1/2 Protein 2 Fruit 2-1/2 Fats