Tuesdays with Dorie: Toasted-Coconut Tart

March 2, 2010 at 8:49 am | Posted in groups, pies & tarts, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 36 Comments

toasted-coconut custard tart

Beryl the Cinemon Girl picked something right up my alley for TWD this week– Dorie’s Toasted-Coconut Custard Tart!  Oh yeah…I’ve been waiting for this one for awhile.  Not only do I like rummy, coconutty desserts a lot, but these custard tarts gave me the chance to do two of my favorite things in the kitchen: make pastry cream and form tart shells!  

This sablée-style sweet tart dough is super easy to work with (I did individual servings here), and it’s crisp sweetness is an important part of the dessert.  I don’t normally have sweetened coconut in the cupboard, so I stirred toasted desiccated coconut into the pastry cream filling instead.  It became pretty stiff in the fridge, but I just folded in a little of the whipped cream topping, and it loosened right up.

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, or read Cinemon Girl.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Oh…how I love your large shred of coconut on top.


  2. Gorgeous! I really enjoy making tarts for some reason too. They always turn out so elegant looking.
    I love the dash of color too.

  3. I loved this one too. What did you serve it with? Looks like raspberry in the picture?

    • just a sauce made from pureed frozen raspberries. i had it in the fridge, leftover from valentine’s day, so thought i’d use it up here.

  4. WOW! You are giving in the art business Steph! This is worth a Picasso… or a Dali… to beautiful to eat anyways!

  5. Wow! What a beautiful looking tart! There are fewer things better than toasted coconut. Gorgeous pictures as always!

  6. the raspberry really makes this pop!

  7. Nice with the raspberry! Gives it such an elegant look – and love your coconut shards (I used the same ones – love those)! Glad you enjoyed it – it made the perfect tart!

  8. Love the punch of color from the raspberry! Thanks for mentioning that your custard was kinda stiff straight from the frig. I assumed mine was stiff b/c I substituted half-and-half for the whole milk but next time I’ll add some whipped cream per your suggestion!

  9. Your tart looks wonderful and your presentation is just beautiful!

  10. So beautiful! Especially with that divine looking coulis on the side. Thanks for baking with me!

  11. Wow, your tart is gorgeous! I really wanted to like this one but the rum was overpowering for me. Luckily, it’s an easy fix – less rum (or none) next time and I think it’ll be a hit. Glad you enjoyed it!

  12. I love the look of your tart, that shaved coconut is a thing of beauty! Great job. 😀

  13. yummy I love coconut !! 🙂

  14. How beautiful. I love individual tarts. There is something great about knowing you get the whole darn thing.

  15. Beautiful presentation Steph.

  16. Wow! That’s lovely. You really took this up 5 notches. Definitely your talent! Thanks for showing us how its done. Are your rings metal without a bottom, placed on a sheet pan w/parchment? Really really beautiful.

    • thanks, amyruth! yes, i used metal rings, exactly as you described. i love the straight sides they give to the finished shell.

  17. Wow! A gourmet toasted-coconut tart! Love the food styling and photography. Looks so decadent. Great job!

  18. Cute little tart! I love it

  19. Gorgeous. A coconut & custard combo sounds so delicious. This is now on my to-bake list!

  20. Beautiful presentation! I always check out your work to see how I can improve on mine.

  21. Mind if I dig right in????

  22. I think this might be my favorite picture I’ve seen on your blog. SO COOL!

  23. They look beautiful and utterly delicious

  24. Wowza – that looks absolutely beautiful!

  25. That is one gorgeous tart. Love the raspberry ‘comma’. Sets it off beautifully.

  26. Beautiful! Hope it tasted as awesome as it looks!

  27. Amazing photography and what a tasty dish!

  28. What a magnificent looking tart. I am sure it looks great.

  29. Oh, you have such a pretty tart. That coconut looks so special and fun. And that swirl on the plate…anyone who would be served this would feel just so special! You have such a way, yes, you do.

  30. Love the shells, love the coconut on top and what a delightful red swirl! Great job!

  31. Oooh wow this does sound so good! Me and my family all love anything with coconut :D. I love your presentation of it as well, so pretty. 🙂

  32. ohhh roasted coconut. That’s like the best way to bring out the sweetness in their delicious white flesh. And I’m loving the side of berry sauce!

  33. your tart looks picture perfect steph 🙂

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