Nothing says “I love you” like something, anything, made from scratch. It doesn’t matter what it is.
Yes, roses are beautiful, store bought chocolates are decadent and delicious and jewelry is, well, expensive. But there’s something special about receiving a gift made just for you. About the fact that someone put some thought into it and took the time to actually make it themselves. That, friends, shows true love.
For us, that is particularly true when it comes to food. Cooking is how we share our love. How we show we care. Which is the main reason why we started this blog.
Over the years we’ve learned to tweak our recipes so all of our guests, especially those with dietary restrictions, could enjoy them. A few years ago that might have been a daunting task. But not anymore, thanks to all the amazing products available on the market.
We love to discover and experiment with new products. But, just like any good home cook, we have our “staples”. Those products we always go for and won’t change, because we know always work.
- 1¼ cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 5 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 tbsp GO Veggie! Classic Plain Cream Cheese Alternative
- 1½ tbsp granulated sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 6 tbsp ice water
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- ¼ cup full fat coconut milk (not beverage) plus 2 tbsp
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ⅛ tsp Himalayan Pink Salt (you can also use regular sea salt)
- Chocolate filling
- 7oz vegan chocolate chunks (about ¾ cup)
- ⅓ cup full fat coconut milk (not beverage)
- ½ cup plus 2 tbsp GO Veggie! Classic Plain Cream Cheese Alternative
- 2-3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (use 3 for a stronger cocoa taste)
- 1 tsp scotch or bourbon (optional)
- To make the crust:
- Combine flour, coconut oil, vegan cream cheese, sugar and salt in a food processor. Pulse a few times it has the consistency of coarse corn meal
- Add water and keep pulsing until it forms a dough (Note: if the crumbs don’t come together in the food processor, but they do when you pinch them with your fingers, place them on a floured surface and knead with your hands until it forms a soft dough)
- Divide the dough in 6 pieces. Roll out each piece on a floured surface into a round disk big enough to fit into a tartellette mold, about ⅛ inch thick (trim the excess if necessary). Prick the dough with a fork and refrigerate for 20 minutes
- In the meantime, preheat oven to 350F. Bake chilled dough for about 25 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside to cool
- To make the caramel:
- Combine all ingredients (except 2 tablespoons of coconut milk) in a medium sauce pan. Cook at medium heat for about 9-10 minutes, whisking constantly, until it thickens and turns a golden color. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of coconut milk and continue cooking for 2 more minute, whisking constantly. Set aside.
- To make the chocolate filling:
- Place chocolate chunks in a heat proof bowl. Bring coconut milk to a simmer and poor over chocolate, stirring constantly until it's completely melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
- In a medium bowl, whip vegan cream cheese with an electric mixer at medium speed. Reduce speed, add cocoa powder and melted chocolate and mix until well incorporated. Fold in scotch or bourbon (if using)
- To assemble the tart:
- Spoon chocolate filling onto the tarts. Pour caramel over and sprinkle with salt. Drizzle melted chocolate for decoration
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