It's the beginning of September and the berry season is not over yet. Where I live in the UK, blackberries grow everywhere and I often freeze them to keep them fresh. I've been making all sorts of desserts with berries and even savoury meals such as Blackberry BBQ Sauce which is absolutely delicious with any grilled meat.
Now, something about this recipe: I've made the Blackberry & Lemon Mini Tarts twice. In the first batch, I used heavy cream. I know many of you avoid dairy so I decided to use coconut milk for the second batch. Both of them work great! Finally, in my attempt to make this recipe vegan-friendly, I've also tried an egg-free version but the crust ended up too crumbly.
I also prefer using no sweetener in the crust, as the topping is already quite sweet but you can use a few drops of stevia or 2-3 tablespoons of Erythritol if you prefer a sweeter taste.
This recipe is high in fat (83%) and, therefore, suitable for the fat fast!
Nutritional values (per serving)
|of which Saturated||6.7||grams|
|Magnesium||35||mg (9% RDA)|
|Potassium||154||mg (8% EMR)|
Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (6.4%), protein (10%), fat (83.6%)
Ingredients (makes 10 servings)
- 1 cup blackberries, fresh or frozen (144g / 5.1 oz)
Note: If you don't like the taste of canned coconut milk, try Aroy-D coconut milk - it's free of guar gum and tastes delicious. The only drawback is that it doesn't "cream" in the fridge like canned coconut milk does. However, "creaming" is not needed in this recipe. When looking for ingredients, try to get them in their most natural form (organic, without unnecessary additives).
- Start by preparing the topping. Pour the coconut milk (or cream) into a sauce pan.
- Finely zest the lemon. Make sure you use organic, unwaxed lemons.
- Add the lemon zest, lemon juice...
- ... Erythritol (or Swerve) and stevia. Mix well and bring to a boil. Take off the heat.
- Mix the gelatine (or agar powder) with 2-3 tbsp water and add to the coconut milk. Mix until dissolved. Set aside to cool down & thicken.
- Place in the fridge if needed. The topping should resemble yogurt before adding on top of the crust - not too runny and not too stiff. You will need to mix it with a spoon before adding on the crust.
When I made these tarts for the very first time, I ended up with a cup of leftover topping. It was just like lemon panna cotta, so I just added some blackberries and an unexpected dessert was ready! I have adjusted the amounts so it's just right.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F. Place the macadamia nuts in a blender. Pulse until smooth or roughly chopped - it depends on what consistency you prefer. When done, transfer into a mixing bowl.
- Place the desiccated coconut into the blender and pulse again. You don't need to get a completely smooth consistency.
- Place the nut & coconut mixture into a bowl and add the egg.
- Process until well combined.
- Place the batter into small muffin molds lined with paper cups or use silicon molds. You will need to distribute the batter evenly (I used 1 ½ - 2 tbsp per piece). Do not make the same mistake as I did. If you press the batter directly into the molds (that are not made from silicon), the crust will be very difficult to remove. I had to use a knife to release the tart crust from the edges and twist each one of them. Avoid all this trouble by using silicon molds or paper cups.
- Press the batter into the molds and transfer into the oven for just 5-7 minutes.
- When done, remove from the oven and set aside.
- When the topping is ready, spoon equal amounts of it on top of each tart.
- Add 3 blackberries on each one of them and place in the fridge until set (30-60 minutes).
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