Sunday, April 10, 2011

Coconut Lemon Tarts

My mom LOVES these, and I enjoy making them, too. They take a little time, but are definately worth it! I actually came up with these on accident. Here's the recipe and instructions:

Coconut Flax Pastry Shells
one egg
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 handfuls of dried coconut
1 Tablespoon flax seeds
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2- 1 cup rice flour
splash of milk

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the first four ingredients. Add in coconut, flax and baking powder and mix well. Add in rice flour, starting with 1/2 cup, adding more if needed. If the batter seems too thick, add in a splash of milk. Oil muffin tin and fill tins with a spoonful of batter.

Pop them in the oven and let bake for about 15- 20 minutes. In the mean time, start making the lemon filling.

Lemon Filling
3/4 cups of sugar
2 Tablespoons of cornstarch
dash of salt
3/4 cup cold water
2 slightly beaten egg yolks
1 teaspoon lemon peel
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 Tablespoon butter

In saucepan,combine sugar, cornstarch,salt and water. Stir in egg yolks,lemon peel and juice. Cook and stir on medium heat untill thick and bubbly. Let boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add butter. Cool to room tempurature without stirring.

Bt the time you are done with the lemon filling, the tarts should be done baking. Remove tarts from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Now the tarts will have bubbles and the middles will be sunk in. If they are golden, but aren't sunk, just take them out of the oven and the middles will sink in just a few minutes time.

It is easier to remove the tarts while they are still warm. Just take a sharp knife and run it aroung the edge. Then take a fork and carefully scoop it out. They take a little man-handling. Once you get it to the plate, just use your hands to reshape them while they are still warm. Once they cool, they will become firm.

Once the tarts have been safely removed, fill them with the filling. They are delicious! It makes about ten tarts.They are even better cold. Mom says the are very decadent and it would be a good idea to use a mini muffin tin if you had one.

If choose to try this recipe, I would love to know how they turn out for you! Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. These are my Favorite treats ever, my mouth waters every time I even look at the pictures.-K