Coconut Ganache Tarts
Makes 6 (4-inch) tartlettes
Coconut tart crust
½ c unrefined coconut oil
6 tbs sugar
1 oz coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ cup (7 oz) flour
Preheat the oven to 350.
Whisk everything together except flour. Gently whisk in flour until just combined. Roll out the dough between two sheets parchment to approximately 1/4 inch thick. Cut five inch circles in the dough (if using different sized tart pans cut circles 1-1 1/2 inches bigger than the pans) Carefully place each circle in a tartlet pan with a removable bottom. Gently fit the dough into the pan and trim the excess. If the dough breaks or tears simply press it back together or patch it with extra dough. Roll out the scraps and cut additional circles until all the pans are lined. (There may be some extra dough, it makes delicious cookies*)
Place all the tartlette pans on a cookie sheet. Prick the bottoms with a fork and line with foil. Place some pie weights on each pan (dry beans work great). Bake for ten minutes. Remove the foil and return to the oven until the crust is golden brown, another 15-18 minutes. Let cool completely before filling.
*To make cookies from the scraps roll them out and cut shapes using a cookie cutter. Place the cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Brush them with a bit of coconut milk and sprinkle generously with coarse sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are starting to brown around the edges and the tops have set. Cool on a cookie rack.
1 cup (8 oz) unsweetened thai style coconut milk, well mixed
9 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
Place the chocolate in a large bowl. Heat coconut milk until just boiling, either on the stovetop or in the microwave. Pour hot coconut milk over the chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes. Whisk gently until completely smooth. If some chocolate remains unmelted microwave the mixture on 50% power in 15 second intervals, whisking after each one, until the chocolate is completely melted. Pour into the prepared crusts and refrigerate until firm, approximately one hour. Remove from the refrigerator and store at room temperature in an airtight container up to one day. (If the tarts are left in the refrigerator too long the ganache may crack and pull away from the sides of the tart shell, like what happened to the ones in the picture) Alternatively, let the ganache set up at room temperature for a few hours before serving.