Chocolate coconut tart with passionfruit and banana


Passionfruit and chocolate may seem an unusual combination, but the two are surprisingly compatible, with the passionfruit adding a fruity tang to the mix. The macaroon-style crust makes this ideal for the gluten-intolerant among us, and is delicious to boot.

You'll need

Sliced banana, passionfruit pulp and shaved coconut, to serve   Coconut crust 110 gm (1/2 cup) caster sugar 2 eggs, separated 250 gm flaked coconut   Whipped truffle filling 200 ml pouring cream 70 ml passionfruit juice (from 3-5 passionfruit; see note) 220 gm dark chocolate (55%- 60% cocoa solids),finely chopped 3 egg yolks 1 tbsp caster sugar

Method

  • 01
  • For coconut crust, preheat oven to 180C, and butter and line a 21cm-diameter springform cake tin with baking paper. Whisk sugar and yolks in an electric mixer until thick and pale (4-5 minutes). In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites until soft peaks form, then fold into yolk mixture along with coconut and a pinch of salt. Spoon the coconut mixture into prepared tin, spreading evenly over base and two-thirds of the way up the sides. Bake until golden (20-25 minutes), then, while still warm, press down on base to flatten. Set aside to cool.
  • 02
  • For whipped truffle filling, bring cream and passionfruit juice to the boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, add chocolate, stand for 5 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Whisk yolks, sugar and 1 tbsp water in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until pale and fluffy (3-4 minutes), then transfer to an electric mixer, add chocolate mixture and whisk on high speed until cooled to room temperature (10-15 minutes). Pour into pastry case and refrigerate until set (4-5 hours). This tart can be made a day ahead.
  • 03
  • To serve, top tart with sliced banana, passionfruit pulp and shaved coconut.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people

Additional Notes

To extract passionfruit juice, process pulp in a food processor, then strain it through a sieve.

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Mar 2016

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