I love pastry and desserts! This stunning tart is dairy free and can easily be gluten free too but I make a beautiful spelt shortcrust for this one!
The delicious chocolate filling has lavender infused into it and is completely vegan and dairy free. You can eat a slice of this and feel almost guilt free!
With some sweet little meringues, fresh berries & hazelnut & cacao bliss balls on top along with some dairy free ganache piped on top, what’s not to love!
It looks more complex than what it really is, let me assure you. To keep it simple, I would suggest making the meringues, the bliss balls, the lavender infused coconut milk and even the pastry shell the day before. This will make it really quite straightforward on the day of serving to put all the elements together.
I took this to a luncheon when I first created it and it was literally gone in less than 5 seconds! I could barely get the platter down on the table! That’s a good sign!
Now just imagine this one looking pretty and festive in all its berry adornment on your Christmas table!!
I hope this one truly satisfies you!
- 100g Rapadura Sugar
- 1/2 Lemon, rind
- 150g Wholemeal Spelt Flour
- 150g Unbleached Spelt Flour
- 150g Organic Butter
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
- 160g Coconut Milk
- 2 Tbsp Culinary Dried Lavender Flowers
- 120g Hazelnuts, roasted
- 160g Coconut Oil
- 240g Maple Syrup
- 100g Raw Cacao Powder
- 2 tsp Vanilla Essence
- pinch salt
- 130g Eggwhites (approx 3 eggs)
- 1 pinch salt
- 250g Raw Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
- 140g Roasted Hazelnuts
- 80g Coconut Oil
- 80g Coconut Milk
- 80g Maple Syrup
- 50g Raw Cacao Powder
- 4 Medjool Dates, seeds removed
- 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
- pinch salt
- 200g Almond Meal
- 125g Fresh Raspberries
- 125g Fresh Blueberries
- Fresh Edible Violets
- Culinary Dried Lavender Flowers
- Place the sugar and the lemon rind into the Thermomix bowl. Mill 10 sec/Speed 9. Add the flour and butter and process for 10 sec/speed 6 or until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg and vanilla and knead 10-20 seconds or until the dough just comes together.
- Using the Thermomat or a lightly floured surface bring the dough together to form a ball. Flatten & wrap the dough in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 mins to rest. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Roll pastry, using a rolling pin, on a lightly floured surface, to be 3mm thick. and press into a large round tart shell.
- Place back into the fridge for a 30 minutes to chill.
- Place a small piece of baking paper over the pastry and fill the case with pie weights. Blind bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool before taking the pie weights out of the case. Set aside until ready to use.
- Place the coconut milk and lavender into the mixing bowl of the Thermomix and heat 5 Mins/50°/Speed 2. If you have time you can place in the fridge and leave in the fridge overnight to really absorb the lavender flavours. Strain the coconut milk and discard the lavender then set aside.
- If you need to roast the nuts, place onto a baking tray and roast for 10-15 minutes on 180°C. Let cool before using your hands to rub the nuts together to get rid of the skins.
- Place the hazelnuts into the Thermomix and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9.
- Add all the remaining ingredients along with the reserved lavender coconut milk and cook 2 Mins/50°/Speed 3.
- Pour the filling into the cooled tart shell, (reserving 4 Tbsp to pipe on the top) and set in the fridge for 30 mins.
- Preheat the oven to 35ºC to 40ºC. (You are just dehydrating, so you want the temperature really low so they keep their colour!)
- To make the meringues, place the raw sugar into the Thermomix and mill 20 Sec/Speed 9. Set aside.
- Clean and thoroughly dry the mixing bowl before placing the butterfly whisk into the Thermomix. Add the egg whites, pinch of salt and whip 2 Mins/Speed 3. Add the sugar gradually and whip 5 Mins/37º/Speed 3 or until your mixture forms stiff peaks and the sugar is fully dissolved!
- With a plain round piping nozzle pipe onto your baking trays lined with baking paper.
- Place them into the oven to dry for approximately 3-4 hours. (Depending on your oven, you may wish to leave the oven door slightly ajar. Keep an eye on your meringues as you don't want the to lose their beautiful white colour.) You can then leave them in the oven overnight to completely dry out.
- Place 80g hazelnuts into the Thermomix and chop 15-20 Sec/Speed 4. Set aside in a shallow bowl for rolling.
- Place the remaining 60g of the hazelnuts into the Thermomix and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9.
- Add the oil, milk, maple, cacao powder, vanilla, salt and dates and cook 2 Mins/50°/Speed 3.
- Add the almond meal and process 10 Sec/Speed 4-5/Reverse.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes to chill. Once chilled the mixture will be much easier to roll.
- Take small spoonfuls of the chilled mixture and roll into balls. Finish by rolling in the hazelnut crumbs and refrigerate until firm.
- Assembly: To assemble the tart, place the bliss balls on the tart and arrange the raspberries & blueberries over the tart. Using a star shaped piping nozzle delicately pipe the leftover ganache filling in the spaces over the tart. Place a couple of little dried lavender flowers on the piped ganache. Delicately top with the meringues and some fresh violets and your tart is finally complete!
- It looks more complex than what it really is, let me assure you. To keep it simple, I would suggest making the meringues, the bliss balls, the steeped coconut lavender milk and even the pastry shell the day before. This will make it really quite straightforward on the day of serving to put all the elements together.