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cranberry and goat cheese toaster tarts {breakfast}

This Cranberry and Goat Cheese Toaster Tarts post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ Blogger Program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time.

We have a tradition in our house every Christmas morning of eating homemade toaster tarts.  I am not positive how this tradition came to be, but I know we continue with it because they can be made ahead of time and frozen.  Who wants to spend all Christmas morning slaving away in the kitchen making breakfast?  Not me.  I keep it homemade, flavorful and festive – but simple.

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These toaster tarts are perfect for every busy morning since they freeze incredibly well — and you can use just about any flavor combination — but for Christmas I always go with cranberry.  Goat cheese adds a creamy texture to the tart cranberry preserves — just believe me, everyone goes crazy for this combo.

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To reduce the amount of added sugar, I swapped the sugar in this recipe for SPLENDA® products.  Sugar can be found in two places – the pastry dough and the icing.  I’ve never made icing before with SPLENDA®, so I was very interested to see how this substitute turned out – and admittedly a bit surprised when it came together!

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Did you know that the average American consumes more than 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day?! That’s way too much — more than TRIPLE the recommended amount for women.  Swapping the sugar for SPLENDA® in your holiday sweet treats is an easy way to reduce your added sugar intake, as well as calories.  Visit www.365SweetSwaps.com for tips and recipes to help you save calories from added sugar all year long.  Submit your own recipe ideas through the Splenda 365 Sweet Swaps Tumblr.

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Cranberry and Goat Cheese Toaster Tarts

6 servings

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. SPLENDA® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1 cup unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
3 oz. soft goat cheese
1/3 cup cranberry preserves (homemade is best)
1 egg + 1 Tbl water, beaten

Frosting

1 cup SPLENDA® Sugar Blend
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup cranberry preserves

Directions

  1. Combine flour, salt, and SPLENDA® in a food processor. Add chilled butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse sand. While still whirling, add 6 Tbl of cold water and process until dough comes together, about 30 seconds. Divide dough in half and form into disks, wrapping with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°. On a lightly floured surface, roll both disks of dough into 9″ squares. Cut into 12 equal rectangles.  Transfer 6 rectangles to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Add a Tbl of both goat cheese and preserves to the center of the rectangles, leaving a1/2″ border. Lightly prick the remaining 6 rectangles with a fork. Brush edges of dough around the filling with egg wash and top with the fork-pricked rectangles. Press the edges with the tines of a fork to seal.  Brush egg wash over the edges. Bake the tarts until puffed and golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer tarts to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. While the tarts are baking and cooling, prepare your frosting. Combine SPLENDA® Sugar Blend, flour, and milk in a saucepan, stirring until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil; reduce heat and cook over low heat until mixture thickens and is pudding-like in consistency (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in butter and 1/3 cup cranberry preserves.

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