Thursday, March 06, 2008

HHDD #18: Coconut Chocolate Tarts

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I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!

That would be the deadline for Hay Hay it's Donna Day #18, the round hosted by the uber-charming Bordeaux, winner of the HHDD round (Pizza!) that I hosted. Ack! You know the drill, this-that-and-their-brother just pulling at me in all directions. The only thing missing is my stress-spot (do you get these? a mysterious red dot on your face? I always do!). Anyhoo, no excuses! Here is my entry for this month's round of HHDD! :)

Bordeaux chose Coconut Chocolate Tarts as the theme (recipe taken from Donna's book New Fast Food -- which I have yet to procure!). The coconut comes in the crust -- a delicate thing made with flaked coconut, sugar, and egg whites. This is topped with a dark chocolate filling and then popped in the freezer for a bit to set. Bordeaux gives us leeway to expand and adpat the theme as much as we want...so I decided to play around a bit.

Instead of the coconut crust, I used a regular pie crust (the same one I used for this lemon meringue pie) and pre-baked them in a muffin tin. I used the same recipe Bordeaux provided for the chocolate filling. And for the coconut? I decided to celebrate the abundance of coconut we have been blessed with over here by using freshly grated coconut (yes! available at a grocery or market near you!)! I also wanted to add another element in the tart and decided to use sweetened condensed milk. I know, I can abuse my right to sugar sometimes. But I have my reasons! There was this simple snack we were taught to make in high school which consisted of white bread dipped in condensed milk, then dredged through freshly grated coconut, then toasted in the oven. Really, it sounds strange, but it was delicious! So I wanted to use some of that combination here.

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So here is how my tart went: Make crust. Cool. Drizzle a layer of sweetened condensed milk on the bottom of the crust. Top that with freshly grated coconut. Top with chocolate filling. Set as per instructions. Eat and enjoy!

Phew! Made it!

Thanks Bordeaux for be such a great host! Thank you Barbara for creating this event! And thanks to the powers that be for blessing me with all this coconut! :)

And a very special thank you for a amazingly beautiful new cousin that entered the world yesterday! Welcome to earth T and I promise to make you lots of tarts and goodies as soon as you can have them!!! :)

32 comments:

AnticiPlate said...

I would have entered the contest but I am a terrible baker! I feel out of the loop:) Your tarts look amazing though!

Bordeaux said...

Uber-charming? You make me blush! Glad you got through the week without the stress-spots. I always get them and with everything having to be done before we leave it's a BIG problem right now! Joey,I love what you did with your tarts. Using a naughty childhood treat experience as inspiration- wicked! It looks awesome, wish I could taste it!

Jen Tan said...

Looks and sounds really yummy joey! Chocolate coconut!!! =)

Joan said...
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Joan said...

you know what joey, you're a great baker! you're passionate about what you are doing. wish i could taste your jams, breads, pizza, tarts etc. really makes me hungry seeing them.
i know they are very delish kahit pics palang.

baking is my weakness as of the moment :p

Suzana said...

Fresh coconut is a great addition to those yummy tarts. I always look at fresh coconuts at the supermarket but then I remember how far they came from! Beautiful and yummy entry, Joey!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kari! I am sure you aren't a terrible baker! I wish my stuff look more delicate and graceful...talents you already innately have! :)

Hi Bordeaux! Yes you are :) Thanks for being a fab host and for squeezing me in! I hate those stress spots...they always come out at the worse moments! Enjoy your trip! :)

Hi Jen! Thanks very much! :)

Hi Joan! Thank you so much for such a nice comment! Baking does not come that easy for me so it means a lot :) But, yes, I love the journey of baking (and of cooking) as much as I love the destination...and I guess that is what matters :)

Hi Suzana! Guess coconuts are something that I can be grateful is close to me (unlike brussels sprouts and chanterelle mushrooms which have to take planes to get here!) so I need to take advantage :) We can by local fresh coconut (like the one pictured here) and young coconut (where you get coconut water and the young coconut flesh) in most groceries and supermarkets (and at the markets of course). There are also mobile vendors who sell them in different villages and areas :)

Gretchen Noelle said...

Sounds delicious! The regular pie crust was definitely the way to go since the all coconut crust seems to give me a bit of trouble. Gorgeous!

Patricia Scarpin said...

That bread snack would be a hit here, Joey - Brazilians love coconut and sweetened condensed milk! And these tarts would become a huge success too!

Manggy said...

Hah! If anything holds the power to make me like coconut, it is condensed milk and chocolate! Beautiful tarts! :)

And macaroon toast isn't strange, it's just plain common sense ;)

Deborah said...

Yum! Gorgeous little tarts!

Midge said...

Joey, those look so tempting! I'm note really a major fan of coconut per se, but I'm a sucker for it if it comes enrobed in chocolate. ^_^

Gattina said...

My jaw dropped for these gorgeous tarts! And congrats! I am sure your new cousin can't wait for the first tooth... so to taste your tarts!

Gattina said...

My jaw dropped for these gorgeous tarts! And congrats! I am sure your new cousin can't wait for the first tooth... so to taste your tarts!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Grethen Noelle! The coconut crust does seem very delicate and, truth be told, I am not the most gentle of crust handlers so I thought it best to stick with this one :)

Hi Manggy! You can also control the amount of coconut you stick in these tarts making it more "friendly" to the coconut-shy :) Macaroon toast! Nice name :) We called them "Coconut Angels" (went to a Catholic all-girls school hence the tweetums name!)!

Thanks Deborah! :)

Hi Midge! Like I told Manggy you can easily control the chocolate to coconut ratio to make it suit any taste :)

Hi Gattina! Many thanks! :) I am so excited! :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Patricia! Nice to know :) That bread snack is soooo good and so easy to make! Gosh...I'd love to go to Brazil!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those tartlets look so tempting! Chocolate and coconut, that's a great combination!

Cheers,

Rosa

Barbara said...

Gorgeous Joey. The chocolate looks so silken.

oggi said...

These tarts (and the coconut caramel toast) are a must-make-ASAP!
They sound yummy and the tarts look perfect!

nikka said...

awesome, awesome blog.


i'm so inlove with your site!

christine said...

Coconut...check! Condensed milk...check check!! chocolate...check check check!! Yum jo! :) You can't go wrong with all those yummy ingredients, and your tarts look divine!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Rosa! Thanks! :) Thanks to Bordeaux for choosing this as this month’s HHDD theme :)

Thank you Barbara! :)

Hi Oggi! They are good if you like rich dark chocolate things (which I do!) and it’s easy to control the amount of coconut that goes in. And the coconut toast you will be able to make in your sleep! :)

Thank you for such a nice comment Nikka! I’m glad you are enjoying 80 Breakfasts! :)

Hey Nens! Thank you :) That’s right…all three ingredients you love!

robin said...

Oh I am *loving* the description of this treat! Coconut goes so well with sweetened condensed milk!!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Robin! It sure does! :) I feel like going out and buying more coconut!

Tartelette said...

Congrats to the new addition to the family!! I am liking your childhood snack of coconut toast! Sounds delicious but the tarts are just as mouth watering!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

oh my gosh...how pretty! can i have one minus the coconut? ^^

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Helene! :) The coconut toasts are so yummy...perfect for a quick snack!

Hi Mochachocolata Rita! Sure you can! :)

valentina said...

GOsh Joey, I've been having this chocolate craving for the last few weeks & your recipes comes just in time!
As usual, your photos are sublime!

Kelly-Jane said...

Chocolate and coconut are such a good pairing, and there tarts look fantastic!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Valentina! Thanks so much! :) Chocolate is always good...and I know you like coconut because of those adorable cakes you made!

Thanks Kelly-jane! And you can control exactly how much of each goes in your tart :)

rj said...

Do you have a recipe for homemade salsa?

ChichaJo said...

Hi RJ! I don't usually follow a recipe...I just throw together a fresh salsa by mixing roughly the same amount chopped tomatoes (seeded) and chopped onions, adding some cilantro, salt and pepper, and maybe a little red wine vinegar. Sometimes I chuck all of the above into a food processor, add some chipotle tabasco sauce, and blitz a few times :)