I don’t actually eat coconut tarts like I used to when young. As I grew up I started to eat the normal way but I still enjoy it as much I did years ago. This particular recipe is ever so easy to make. No mixer is required at all. In fact the tart shells can be made way beforehand and just thrown into the freezer. Whenever I feel like having a coconut tart, or any other tart, I would just take out a empty tart shell and proceed to fill it with my choice of filings. I have reduced the sugar content (as with all my other tried recipes) from the original recipe and find my adapted version to be most suited for my palate. The tarts are absolutely delicious on the day of baking but keeps well in the fridge for about to 5 days (I kid you not). Just pop them into a warm oven to crisp up the pastry a bit before consuming. Definitely a keepsake recipe in my books!
Recipe for the Tart Shell.
For the Coconut Filling:
Makes about 7 tarts
25g plain flour (sift)
25g desiccated coconut
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1) Cream butter and sugar until light. Then add in the egg (one at a time, if you are doubling the recipe) and mix well. Add the vanilla essence and mix.
2) Add in sifted flour all at once. Mix until all flour has been incorporated into the batter. Then add in the desiccated coconut. Stir in to mix until incorporated only. No need to over-mix.
3) Scoop mixture into unbaked tart shells. Bake the tarts in a preheated oven at 180C for about 18 - 20 minutes (depending on the size of your tart).