This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Baking Chez Moi was one I minified (of course) but in the end, shared with so many people that I could simply have made one large tart. When a full-sized dessert comes along in these bakes, I’m always leery of making them full-sized because then, well, it means they are hanging around and I will be likely to eat them! I always make smaller quantities if I can but this week I thought it might be fun to make a full-sized recipe into some mini tarts (in my 4 1/2-inch tart pans – I have these in metal at home and in disposable foil at school – it’s a nice size for sharing – and my 4-inch tart pans – they are a nice size for one person) to share. In the end it made four 41/2-inch and two 4-inch tarts. There were lots of happy neighbours this weekend!
The recipe is actually three recipes in one – the sweet tart dough, the coconut crème pâtissière (made with coconut milk and loaded with toasted coconut) and the chocolate ganache – and takes a bit of time management. None of the components are particularly difficult and it reminded me of a fancy pâtisserie dessert (well, they were a bit messy to be in a fancy pâtisserie but they tasted great!) – so it’s one to keep in mind for a dinner party.
I was a little unsure of the coconut milk crème pâtissière and I didn’t like how it was kind of like an off-white colour (for some reason it reminded me of condensed milk to look at) but in the end it was delicious – more coconut than crème with 1 whole cup of shredded coconut in there and I’m not sure if it was because I made smaller tarts but the layer of the coconut was kind of thin compared to the chocolate – wondering if it should have been thicker? Because the coconut is lumpy it’s also hard to get the top of the tart to look glossy and smooth (and in an attempt to do so, I poured too much ganache on a couple of the tarts and it flowed down the sides…Ahem!).
In any case, flaws in appearance aside, this was a REALLY good dessert. I’ll be making this again.
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate-Coconut Tart on page 168 of Baking Chez Moi.
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